2020 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!

2020 Talks

DATE

SPEAKER
SATURDAY
January 11
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
January 25
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
February 8
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!
SATURDAY
February 22
11 am
Spiny Succulents with Nurseryman and Author Jeff Moore of Solana Succulents! Jeff brings us a fun and fascinating look at sculptural succulents and (mostly) spiny xerophytic plants. His new book “Spiny Succulents” explores some of the truly extraordinary succulents in cultivation: cacti, euphorbias, fouquierias, alluaudias, and a host of other dry-climate and often spiny architectural wonders. Books for sale and an author signing after the talk.
SATURDAY
March 7
11 am
Urban Herbalism with Sarah Sutton! Landscape Architect and author of “The New American Front Yard: Kiss Your Grass Goodbye”, Sarah will talk about one of her favorite topics – healing herbs in the garden. Come learn tips and techniques for growing, harvesting and utilizing various popular garden herbs, CA natives and even common garden weeds in your herbal medicine chest. Hands-on demonstrations and recipes included!
SATURDAY
March 21
11 am

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Fall in Love with Natives! Join us for a timely and inspiring discussion about the BEST California native plants for Bay Area gardens with the engaging Bart O’Brien, Director of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Regional Park, and co-author of the excellent books  Reimagining the California Lawn  and California Native Plants for the Garden.

SPRING PARTY! SATURDAY
April 4
11 am
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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!
SPRING PARTY! SUNDAY
April 5
11 am
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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
April 18

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Shawn Maestretti, principal of Shawn Maestretti Garden Architecture and Leigh Adams of the Los Angeles Arboretum, present Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape. This important talk highlights the current endangered state of our landscapes and offers solution-oriented techniques for zero-waste/carbon-neutral garden designs, drawing upon nature’s processes. Shawn and Leigh focus on how nurturing living soil, capturing rainwater, sequestering carbon, and planting climate-appropriate plants for biodiversity are not just aspirational design practices, but accessible, real life solutions.

MOTHER’S DAY PARTY
SATURDAY
May 9
11 am
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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 10
11 am
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

SATURDAY
May 23
11 am
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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! Bonus: Customers will be able to pre-order and special order any varieties from Four Winds availability list!
SATURDAY
June 6
11 am
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Bobby Gendron on Milkweeds more info to come!
SATURDAY
June 20
11am
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Ruth Bancroft Garden Day with RBG Curator Brian Kemble and Assistant Curator Walker Young!
We are so excited to honor RBG and welcome its two superstar curators for a fun day exploring their favorite genuses, travels to exotic locales and plants! 
SATURDAY
July 11
11 am

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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
July 25
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Pollinator-Palooza
with Oakland’s Pollinator Posse! Pollinators the world over are in trouble – come learn what you can do to help! Join us and several of the Bay Area’s most devoted bee and butterfly experts to find out what you can do to garden for pollinators, create butterfly corridors and preserve habitat! Free and open to all ages! More info to come!
SATURDAY
August 8
11 am
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
TBA
SATURDAY
August 22
11 am
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Gardening in containers requires a whole different mindset than growing plants in the ground. Even seasoned gardeners face challenges keeping plants alive and thriving in containers. Get some tips for growing happy, health and beautiful plants in containers with arborist and horticulturalist Ellyn Shea!
SATURDAY
September 12
11 am

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Learn the Art of Growing Avocadoes with Aaron Dillon, fourth generation owner of Four Winds Growers!
Fall is the perfect time to plant avocadoes. Come learn how to save yourself major bucks at the grocery store by growing your own delicious fruit!


FALL PARTY
SATURDAY
September 26
11 am

CANCELLED
Roses and shrubs and fruit trees – oh my! Come find out how to prune like a pro with Certified Arborist Ellyn Shea! 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.
FALL PARTY
SATURDAY
September 27
11 am
CANCELLED
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!
SATURDAY
October 10
11 am 
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Plant a bird garden with Earl Nickel, enthusiastic gardener and garden columnist with the SF Chronicle. Learn which plants best attract, protect and nourish birds in Fall and handy tips on providing water sources, where to put your feeders and how to protect them from marauding squirrels! A fun and informative session!
SATURDAY
October 24
11 am 
TBA
   

15 Responses to “2020 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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