magnoliaBerkeley 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!

Gardening Suggestions

January/February 2017

Debunking Gardening Myths

Learning about plants enriches our lives, regardless of age, ethnicity or political leaning. Growing up in a family of plantsmen and horticulturists gave me the inspiration to follow in their footsteps. I once thought that studying western horticulture á la British Gardening Journals would give me a permanent and unchanging knowledge of plants. I was wrong. During this season, our most dreary time of year in the garden, I find myself thinking of all the garden lore that I have had to “unlearn.” Here are some examples: 1) “One must work the soil deeply… Read More »

What does Bee Friendly mean?

When we began developing our Bee Friendly program in 2012 we knew it would be a slow process. Our goal was to protect… Read More »

Celebrating 95 years 1922-2017

We hope you enjoy the new look of our website with its user-friendly platform. If you get the paper version, you’ll… Read More »

Overheard at the Grand Lake Farmers Market

Shopper to vendor of foraged wild mushrooms and berries: “How can you tell which wild berries or mushrooms are safe… Read More »

Dr. Chlorophyll

Advice for the Horticulturally Harassed DEAR DR. CHLOROPHYLL A rose by any other name might smell as sweet and all… Read More »

Bareroot Season • Short & Sweet

For the best price and selection, buy your deciduous fruit trees bareroot in January and February. Bareroot plants… Read More »

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Gardener’s Calender

January Checklist

  • Plant cool weather veggies like Cauliflower, Broccoli, Collards, Kale and leaf crops.
  • Check your compost to make sure it isn’t too wet or too dry.
  • Spend a Saturday morning at one of the BHN Pruning Workshops.
  • Repot container plants that have gone 2 years or more in the same pot.
  • Get a jump on planting CA natives like Ceanothus or Arctostaphylos.
  • Prune Roses

February Checklist

  • 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.