2019 Talks

Our talks are held at the nursery in our demonstration gardens and are always FREE! No pre-registration needed.

Join us – RAIN OR SHINE!

2019 Talks

DATE

SPEAKER
SATURDAY
January 19
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.
SATURDAY
January 26
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!
SATURDAY
February 9
11 am
Grow Your Own Delicious Berries! Come learn about the many berry varieties and choices best suited to our gardens from expert Ed Laivo. He’ll cover familiar bush fruit like raspberries, blackberries and blueberries – as well as less familiar but equally delicious varieties (Currants! Boysenberries! Serviceberries!). 
SATURDAY
February 23
11 am
Plants to dye for – literally! Sasha Duerr, alchemist, founder of the Permacouture Institute and author of the wonderful plant dye book “Natural Color”, returns by popular demand to  share a wealth of local and seasonal plants (as well as weeds and waste from your garden!) that make gorgeous natural plant dyes. Fun demos and easy-to-follow projects will appeal to novice and experienced dye-enthusiasts alike. Books for sale and an author signing after the talk.
SATURDAY
March 9
11 am
Join us for a fascinating and fun Fruit Tree Pruning and Grafting Workshop with horticulturist and educator John Valenzuela of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens! Learn how to prune and train fruit trees for balance and structure, size and access and of course, flowering and fruitfulness! John will cover basic tree anatomy, pests and disease control, how trees grow and react to damage in nature, as well as to careful pruning cuts. As a bonus, he’ll introduce the “magic” of grafting or growing two plants in one, with some technical details and a demonstration.
SATURDAY
March 23
11 am

Oakland garden designer and CA natives expert Pete Veilleux of East Bay Wilds native plant nursery returns to share his favorite CA natives for the garden! 

SPRING PARTY! SATURDAY
April 6
11 am

Don Mahoney, curator emeritus for the San Francisco Botanical Garden joins us for a fun and informative talk on his favorite subject – bird, bee and butterfly gardening! Don will explore the best nectar and host plants – both native and non-native – to plant in order to have habitat resources available throughout the year. A fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the Bay Area’s BEST!

SPRING PARTY! SUNDAY
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!
BUTTERFLY SUMMIT!

SATURDAY
April 27
11 am, 10-4

Annie’s is thrilled to announce our third annual 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: Where have all the insects gone? Art Shapiro, professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis will share his thoughts on the insect apocalypse happening around the globe – and the  state of insects and butterflies in Northern California.
All day: Stop by one of our info tables to learn more about about different butterfly species and what you can do to help re-establish populations throughout the greater SF Bay Area.
Featured presenters:
Tim Wong, Aquatic Biologist at Cal Academy of Sciences & Pipevine Swallowtail whisperer.
Pollinator Posse
Andy Liu – Landscape Architect and garden designer specializing in butterfly habitat for Swallowtails and Gulf Fritillaries.

Sal Levinson – author, entomologist and gifted speaker on butterfly habitats.

MOTHER’S DAY PARTY
SATURDAY
May 12
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.”
MOTHER’S DAY PARTY
SUNDAY
May 13
11 am
Grow Bouquets! Gardener-in-Chief, Annie Hayes is all about cut flowers for the table and posies for sharing. In this fun and romantic talk just in time for Mother’s Day, she’ll share some of her favorite, old-fashioned, fragrant cut flowers and how to grow them with gusto!

SATURDAY
May 25
11 am
California has a rich diversity of native plants and a HUGE diversity of bees (1,600 native species and counting!). Learn how to grow a garden designed for these little pollinating powerhouses with native bee biologist, educator and herbalist Jaime Pawelek! Jaime will share her knowledge of pollinator-friendly gardening and teach you about the needs of native bees.  She’ll cover the best plants to attract native bees and how to plan or modify your existing garden to welcome them in.
SATURDAY
June 8
11 am
Making every drop count – tips and techniques for landscape watering with Tom Bressan, Founder of The Urban Farmer Stores. We are so excited to have Tom come and share his thoughts on how to make the best decisions on choosing and installing an irrigation system, as well as incorporating rainwater and greywater. Come learn tons of tips, including how to plant well, choosing, maintaining and adjusting the proper delivery system, and how to save and reuse water. Don’t miss it!
SATURDAY
June 22
11am
Soil is Not A Dirty Word with Ellyn Shea! What is soil texture? Is there such a thing as “good” or “bad” soil? What is the one ingredient which improves any soil type? Find out the answers and more with our favorite horticulturalist, arborist and gardener Ellyn SheaGrow healthier plants and use water more efficiently – no science degree necessary! 
SATURDAY
July 6
11 am

Propagation 101 with Susan Ashley! Come learn how to propagate your own plants to enhance your garden, save money and share with friends! A longtime instructor with Merritt and Diablo Valley Colleges, Susan will show you how to propagate plants by cuttings, layering, stooling and air layering. Learning from her is experience and know-how is definitely a feather in your home gardener cap!

SATURDAY
July 20
Smashingly successful succulents with horticulturalist Marlene Simon of UC Davis Botanical Conservatory! The Bay Area is a Mediterranean plant paradise, and Marlene will be focusing on how best to grow succulents and low-water Mediterranean plants in our own home gardens and containers. She’ll discuss care, amendments and maintenance with charisma and flair! Don’t miss it!
SATURDAY
August 3
11 am
Luscious lemons, outrageous oranges and lively limes are yours for the plucking – with great advice from Aaron Dillon of  Four Winds Growers, family-owned purveyors of a dizzying array of wonderful dwarf citrus!
SATURDAY
August 17
11 am
Learn how to kick your lawn to the curb with Sarah Sutton, Landscape Architect and author of the excellent book, “The New American Front Yard: Kiss Your Grass Goodbye.” Transform your front lawn and yard into a wildlife attracting, water-wise and easy-to-manage paradise! Book signing to follow!
SATURDAY
August 31
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.


SATURDAY
September 14
11 am 
Garden for Life with Adaptive Gardening! Sooner or later, it happens to every gardener – that moment when you realize you have a ‘new normal’ of what you can comfortably or safely do in your garden. If you’ve ever wondered how long you can keep gardening due to painful physical limitations, this insightful talk by master gardener Toni Gattone can be a life-changer! Toni delivers dozens of tips, tools and techniques that can help you garden for life!
FALL PARTY
SATURDAY
September 28
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!
FALL PARTY
SUNDAY
September 29
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.
SATURDAY
October 12
11 am 
Earl Nickel, enthusiastic gardener and garden columnist with the SF Chronicle. 
SATURDAY
October 26
11 am 
Chilean Guava? Jujubes? Cherimoya? There are many varieties of unusual fruit perfectly suited to the Bay Area – come learn what they are and how to grow them with horticulturalist and educator John Valenzuela of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens! A member of the Rare Fruit Society, John will share his favorite varieties and how to grow them – including general care and feeding, as well as tips for common pests and diseases.
   

15 Responses to “2019 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 #

        super!

  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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