Berkeley Horticultural Nursery
Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, and it is this variety that makes our work so fulfilling. You are in for a pleasant surprise when you visit us for the first time. Stroll through almost an entire city block filled with trees, shrubs, flowers, veggies, herbs, native plants and much, much more. Our staff is eager to advise you on any horticultural project whether you are a novice green-thumb or a master gardener. We stock a healthy mix of popular recent introductions and old-school favorites for CA gardeners. Come see what we have—from Abelia to Ziziphus!
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Gardening for the Birds
There once was a time when I watched bird enthusiasts and asked myself, “What could possibly be so interesting that someone would spend hours on end sitting still, looking at these avian subjects?” Now, with many decades under my belt I find that I am fascinated by birds, to the point of even joining my local chapter of the Audubon Society and attending bird-watching field trips. Gardening has always been big for me, both as a vocation and a hobby. But wildlife in the garden was only a sideline interest; one that I addressed only peripherally, focusing on the plants… Read More »
- Plant summer flowering bulbs like Begonias, Gladiolus, Lilies and Dahlias.
- Turn in cover crops or green manure.
- Finish pruning full-sized fruit trees.
- Last chance for direct seeding of annuals.
- Select winter flowering shrubs such as Forsythia, Chaenomeles, and Syringa.
- Bareroot berries are a bargain: Strawberries, Blueberries, and Raspberries.
- Herbs are in good supply for early planting. Groom or divide your established plants.
- As perennials begin growing protect the new shoots from slugs and snails. Consider evening escargot hunts.
- Check your watering system for leaks. If automatic, set at low until our weather warms up.
- You’ll still find an excellent selection of Camellias at the nursery.
- Start using your compost as surface mulch around shrubs and perennials.