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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

November/December 2016

‘Tis the Season for Citrus

Talk about plants with a history…over eight hundred years ago Chinese agriculturists described dozens of varieties of Citrus and detailed their care and culture. Theophrastus and Virgil mentioned citrus in their writings. Explorers from Europe brought seeds to the New World. Louis XIV erected an elegant orangerie to shelter his favorite plants. Father Serra planted them in mission gardens. Citrons were the first citrus to reach the western world from their native India, appearing in Media and Persia about 300 B.C. So prized was this fruit in ancient times that one of… Read More »

The Seed Corner

Perhaps it’s cold and rainy outside and your garden looks like a giant mud puddle. Maybe you have memories of the… Read More »

The Blueberry: An American Native

Blueberries of the genus Vaccinium are truly a Native American species. These plants are believed to be one of the… Read More »

Rose Shipment

We are expecting a shipment of dormant roses (Tops in Pots) during the first week in December. These twenty varieties… Read More »

Dr. Chlorophyll

Advice for the Horticulturally Harassed For That Special Person on Your Holiday Gift List Some gardening books that… Read More »

Gardener’s Calender

December Checklist

  • Deadhead (remove spent flowers from) Chrysanthemums.
  • Clean and organize your garden tools.
  • Give Cymbidium orchids bloom food.
  • Sow wildflower seeds.
  • Turn that compost!
  • Plant green manure (cover crops) in your vegetable plot.

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