abutilon hybridus Victor Reiter - Illustration by Helen KrayenhoffBerkeley 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

July/August 2017

Any excuse for a party…

Five years from now we’ll have a major celebration, but why wait until then? We are getting warmed-up now. As they say, “any excuse for a party”. Our excuse is that 2017 is a minor milestone for this small, family-owned business selling plants, seeds, fertilizers, and garden accoutrements. I have worked at the nursery for nearly half of the 95 years that Berkeley Hort has been open, and during that time I have seen huge changes in the way that businesses operate, and in the way that people relate to gardens. Technology has improved efficiency, yet often at the… Read More »

Bearded Iris Tips

Rhizomes available in August Though they come in a great array of colors and sizes, all bearded Irises want good… Read More »

Photo by Stephanie Megibben

Thoughts from the Worm Bin

I have to admit—I love our worms. I enjoy checking on them, feeding them and trying to understand what makes them… Read More »

Staff Picks

In each issue we try to feature some of the staff favorites. This time the staff talks about a garden tool that they… Read More »

Radishes: The Reliable Year-Round Crop

Want to grow a zesty snack that can be directly sown in the garden at any time of the year? Radishes are a perfect… Read More »

Living with Roses

Now is when the roses have come into their full glory and many are gearing up for a second round of blooms. I have seen… Read More »

Save the Dates

Summer + Fall Events at Berkeley Hort Mark your calendars and make plans to join us in August, September, and October… Read More »

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Gardener’s Calender

August Checklist

  • Dig and divide Bearded Irises now (also check our selection).
  • Last chance for Summer Pruning of fruit trees.
  • Remove canes from Berry Plants that have already fruited (raspberries, etc.)
  • Include your garden when making vacation plans. What happens when you are away?
  • Deep water winter/spring flowering shrubs, as now is when the buds are initiating.

September Checklist

  • Deep-water young trees to reduce leaf scorch.
  • It’s harvest time. Share your bounty with friends, neighbors, coworkers.
  • Visit farmer’s markets; make notes of varieties for next year’s edible garden.
  • Make sure your garden is fire-safe. See us for recommendations.
  • Withhold water from your Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) plants this month.
  • Buy spring-blooming bulbs now. You can plant later if necessary.