Miltonia - 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

November/December 2017

California gardening

California gardening can be a special treat. Many of us who grew up here take it for granted, but unless you live in the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada you probably have 10 months of growing season. Most other parts of the country are in the grip of early winter now, but we are planting cool-season annuals, cole crops, and root veggies. Welcome to paradise! Now that we are into our rainy season, we can breathe a sigh of relief that wildfires are not such a concern, but with the wetter weather comes new challenges for gardeners. One of the best parts of Bay Area… Read More »

Fall Fluorescence: Japanese Maples

Like a large mixed flock of migratory birds, hundreds of young Japanese Maples, mostly varieties of Acer palmatum, A.… Read More »

Boughs of festive foliage

Fir garland, wreaths, mistletoe, orchids, poinsettias, ivy, amaryllis, cyclamen and other holiday greenery will be in… Read More »

Best Bug Practices

Keeping a good balance between pest and predator insects is the key to a lower maintenance and pesticide-free garden.… Read More »

Overplanting Bulbs

If you’ve got your ear to the ground in November, chances are you’ve collapsed from burying one too many spring… Read More »

Reserve Your Bareroot Fruit Trees Now

For a short period of time, January through March, we offer deciduous fruit trees “bareroot”. Bareroot season is… Read More »

Small Fruits

To complement our great selection of bareroot fruit trees every January, we also bring in a wide assortment of small… Read More »

Dr. Chlorophyll

Advice for the Horticulturally Harassed Dr. C. was a regular writer and hortipersonality at BHN for many years until… Read More »

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Gardener’s Calender

November Checklist

  • Cut back floppy or overgrown perennials.
  • Last chance for spring-flowering bulb planting (check your fridge.)
  • Plant winter annuals: Poppies, Stock, Sweet Peas, Pansies, Violas, Primroses, Cabbage and Kale.
  • Apply an organic plant food for slow release of nutrients.
  • Be vigilant for cool weather weeds like bluegrass and oxalis.

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.