2018 Talks

Our talks are held at the nursery in our demonstration gardens and are always FREE! Join us – RAIN OR SHINE!

2018 Talks

Date Speaker
January 20
11 am
Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery – Choosing and Growing Delicious Fruit! Hooray for bare root fruit tree season! Learn all the secrets to harvesting fresh fruit in limited spaces throughout the season with backyard orchard culture techniques.  Phil will discuss the multitude of options available to have your very own fruit tree orchard in any size yard.  January is the perfect time to get those fruit trees planted, so bring all your questions and get your orchard off to a great start no matter how big or small.
February 3
11 am
Become A Rose Expert in Just One Class with Cristin Fusano! Cristin will teach us the theory behind Winter rose pruning, including exactly where to cut and why. She’ll also cover common rose problems that frustrate us all. Follow her easy steps for growing strong, healthy bushes that produce beautiful blooms and vigorous canes each year – and bring your questions!
February 17
11 am
Make room for the Shroom! Come on out for a totally free workshop led by permaculture expert and mushroom maven Theresa Halula. Learn how to safely grow your own super tasty mushrooms in your own backyard in this hands-on, info-packed workshop!
March 3
11 am
NATIVE BEES NEED YOU! Native bee crusader Dr. Gordon Frankie and his team of researchers at U.C Berkeley’s Urban Bee Lab visit the nursery to talk about native bee biology, ecology and their role in urban, agricultural and wild ecosystems. They’ll be selling and signing their beautiful book, “California Bees & Blooms:  A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists” too!
March 17
11 am

Natives to the Rescue! Problem-solving natives for tricky garden situations with Oakland garden designer and CA natives expert Pete Veilleux of East Bay Wilds native plant nursery! Pete will help you size up your space – from observing special conditions and needs to choosing and placing ever-important focal points and purchasing the right number of plants and how to use them to best effect. He’ll share the best CA natives for screening out unsightly views, softening corners, adding color to deep shade and how to garden under oaks and other trees.

April 7
11 am

Gardening 101 with Annie! Want to plant a garden from scratch but don’t know where to start? Every gardener has to start somewhere – and the road to gardening enlightenment can be overwhelming, confusing and intimidating! Prepare to get the straight dope on how to garden like a pro from our own gardener-in-chief – Annie herself!

April 8
11 am

Seattle based horticulturist and floral enthusiast Riz Reyes joins us for a Spring celebration of flowers! Learn to make bodacious bouquets for any occasion! Discover simple, hand-tied techniques used by top wedding florists to take what’s growing and blooming in your garden and transforming it into a gorgeous display you won’t soon forget!
April 28
11 am

The Fire-Safe Landscape with designer, writer and sustainability champion Kate Frey. How do we evaluate and renovate existing landscapes or create a new garden for fire safety, and make changes to create a more fire-safe situation? Kate will answer those questions and more as she covers site analysis, creating defensible space, design and management and the most appropriate plant varieties in fire-prone areas. Sure to be packed with info – and also packed! Arrive early to claim a seat!

May 12
11 am
Incredible Edible Flowers with author Stefani Bittner of Homestead Design Collective. Join us for a fun and fresh exploration of all things edible on DAY 1 of our Mother’s Day Party! She’ll tell us how to add floral pizazz to a variety of dishes, desserts and cocktails – and give us a taste of a few of her favorites!
May 13
11 am
Come learn everything you need to know to grow the perfect tomato! Brad Gates, intrepid tomato breeder of Wild Boar Farms talks about his magnificent tomatoes! Brad has been breeding tomatoes from heirloom stock in an effort to create the most outrageous tomatoes in the world! Diverse, colorful and flavorful, Alice Waters calls them “tomatoes you will never forget.”
May 26

Annie’s is thrilled to announce our second Butterfly Summit! Join us and several of the Bay Area’s most devoted butterfly experts to find out what you can do to garden for butterflies, create butterfly corridors and preserve habitat! Free and open to all ages!
10 am: Bring the kids to see our caterpillars and adult butterflies, talk with our experts and share your experiences!
11 am: Art Shapiro, professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis will share a state of the state keynote address on butterflies in Northern California. Come learn how butterflies are doing and how they are adapting. Art will identify the plants most likely to attract and sustain butterflies in this area, address the issue of native plants vs. non-native plants (you’ll be surprised!) with special reference to both plant and butterfly seasonality. 
All day: Stop by one of our regional info tables to learn more about what you can do to help re-establish butterfly populations throughout the greater SF Bay Area.
June 9
11 am
Easy Harvest Pruning Workshop with Ann Ralph, author of the new book Grow A Little Fruit Tree.  Grow your own apples, figs, plums, cherries, pears, apricots, and peaches in even the smallest backyard! Expert pruner Ann Ralph reveals a simple yet revolutionary secret that keeps an ordinary fruit tree much smaller than normal. These great little trees take up less space, require less care, offer an easy harvest, and make a fruitful addition to any home landscape!
June 23
Gardeners looking to take their organic gardening to the next level, come on down! Christoper Shein, author of The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem will show gardeners of every skill level – and with any size space – how to live in harmony with both nature and neighbors to produce and share an abundant food supply with minimal effort. A veteran Permaculture instructor at Merritt College, Chris highlights everything you need to know to start living off the land lightly, including how to create rich, healthy, and low-cost soil; blend a functional food garden and decorative landscape; share the bounty with others; and much more!
July 7
11 am
The Bay Area is full of hills, but don’t let the steep slope of your yard scare you away from creating a beautiful garden! Join consulting horticulturalist and certified arborist Ellyn Shea to learn strategies for gardening on slopes so that you can enjoy a beautiful and productive garden without wasting water or losing soil.
July 21
Tora Rocha – Winter Pollinator Plant Workshop! Come learn why it’s important to plant Winter nectar sources for pollinators – especially Monarchs! Timing is everything, so Tora will cover how to plant a succession of blooms to sync with the first winged arrivals!
August 4
11 am
Annie Hayes – How To Grow a Bloomiferous Fall Garden! Does your garden fall down in the Fall? Lift it back up with a late-Summer planting! Our own gardener in chief will give you the deets on simple, fast preparation for an awesome Fall garden and show you her favorite and best plants to put in right now for August thru October bloom. PLUS, as always, she’ll sneak in some totally cool, rarely available plants in the nursery now that you should totally know about.
August 18
11 am
Susan Morrison, Author of ‘The Less Is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard’.
September 1
11 am 

Join Jason Dewees, horticulturist and palm expert at SF’s Flora Grubb Gardens to learn about the power of palms for designing your garden! Bay Area gardeners can grow some of the coolest palms in the world, and many are easy from seed. Jason’s enthusiasm and knowledge of palms will open your eyes to their beauty, diversity, and versatility in different garden styles.  He’ll be signing his beautiful new book from Timber Press, “Designing with Palms.”

Annie’s Welcomes Back Monarchs!
September 15
11 am

Annie’s Welcomes Back Monarchs! Join us as we welcome back Monarchs as they return to their overwintering sites along the Bay! Our fun and info-packed celebration will feature Monarch experts who will share a plethora of information for the home gardener and butterfly enthusiast. They will  cover how to plant a garden that welcomes Monarchs, where to see Monarchs overwintering, Monarch biology and natural history in North America and the Bay Area and more! Panel presenters will discuss critical issues facing Monarchs, providing gardeners with the latest information and ample time for questions and concerns.

11 am: Tora Rocha and the Pollinator Posse discuss pollinator passageways and the work their Magic Monarch program does with citizens in conjunction with Children’s Fairyland, the Gardens at Lake Merritt and local classrooms.

1:30: Monarch Butterfly Panel featuring:

Tora Rocha, founder of Oakland’s Pollinator Posse.

Angela LawsMonarch and Pollinator Ecologist with the Xerces Society on why Monarchs need a special welcome! Overview of their amazing life cycle throughout the year, why this is such a species of concern and what threatens them at each stage.
Mia MonroeXerces Volunteer and coordinator of the Thanksgiving Count Monarchs in the SF Bay Area.
Suzanne Clarke, Master Gardener, shares her success and secrets in welcoming Monarchs into her garden. Follow her on her Facebook page: Sonoma County Butterfly Alliance.
Bill Shepard, retired teacher and citizen scientist on the wonder of butterflies in the East Bay – and where to watch for them! Find out how to take part in a tour of the Monarchs at the San Leandro Golf Course, where thousands of butterflies overwinter most years.

Plant lists, gardening tips, volunteer opportunities and butterfly watching hot spots will be shared!
September 29
11 am
Your Spectacular Spring Garden Starts … NOW! Annie Shows You How! Want to know what we do here at the nursery to get our gardens in tip-top shape for maximum magic come April? Want to know what to plant right now? How about a preview of some of the newest and neatest plants we’ve trialed this year? Be here and behold – Annie is gonna share all that good stuff!
September 30
11 am
Roses and shrubs and fruit trees – oh my! Come find out how to prune like a pro with Certified Arborist Ellyn Shea at our Fabulous Fall Planting Party! She’ll cover basic tree biology and growth, best Fall pruning practices for perennials and shrubs, plus proper use and care of pruning tools. Bring your own favorite pair of hand pruners and get some hands on-practice under her expert tutelage.

15 Responses to “2018 Talks”

  1. Wendy Foster February 14, 2012 at 2:23 am #

    Dear Annie, I cannot find your email to tell you HOW FABULOUS your catalog is. It arrived this evening! I had a big work day, getting together for a month”s buying trip for my store. Exhausted, I came home, and I am on top of the world with my catalog. You do The Most Beautiful job!

    Thank YOU!
    Wendy Foster

    • anniesannuals February 15, 2012 at 12:31 am #

      Wendy – you just made our day!!! Thank you so much and enjoy!!

  2. Ernie Wasson July 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    Hi Annie, I must admit I’m an Umbelite (meaning I love umbel flowers) as I know you are too.! The Cenolophium denudatum I got from you last year is just truely amazing. It has been blooming for months plus I love the finely cut foliage too! All the Angelicas have been wonderful too. Right now my Angelica stricta purpurea is in full bloom with Nicotiana mutabilis wrapped all around it. Thanks so much for growing such wonderful plants. Your plants are thriving in Dunsmuir! – Ernie 🙂

  3. Toni Dattwyler February 16, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    How can I tell if a flower is a host or nector plant for butterflies? Could you have a section for butterfly plants?

    • anniesannuals March 4, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

      hi toni: thanks for your comment. we do have a list of butterfly plants on our website. you can check it out HERE.

  4. Aixa Maria Gannon June 6, 2016 at 5:49 am #

    Sara Leon Guerrero’s talk on native bees was fabulous. Thank you so much for offering this great talk.

  5. Meredith December 31, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

    When are your 2017 talks?

    • anniesannuals February 8, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

      hi meredith – the 2017 talks are updated now!

  6. Chris February 5, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    Any chance there will be a talk this year from Tellur Fenner of Blue Wind School of Botanical Studies?

    • anniesannuals February 8, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

      hi chris – i’ve actually been in touch and am trying to book him! check back soon for updates.

      • Chris February 16, 2017 at 7:41 am #


  7. Linda Newton March 8, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

    I’d like to know when you’ll receive a shipment of Wild Boar tomatoes.


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