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!

Gardening Suggestions

March/April 2017

Preparing for Spring

Getting my garden ready for spring is one of the most pleasurable tasks that I can imagine. The anticipation of trying new plants, adding to successes, abandoning failed experiments, and just getting dirty, all have me itching to be in my garden. After months of planning it is finally time to put all of those thoughts into practice. Soil comes first. Whether in pots, raised beds, or in the ground, a proper planting medium will make everything easier. For temporary plantings that last only one or two years I recommend the liberal addition of composted organic matter.… Read More »

95th Anniversary

If you haven’t heard the news, Berkeley Hort turns 95 this year. We’ll be throwing a party this fall on two… Read More »

California Wildflower Website & Hotline

T hanks to a wetter than normal winter, this spring promises to be one of the best for California wildflowers in many… Read More »

The Creature from the Black Lagoon

Reclaiming Your Pond in Spring Spring is here, and your backyard pond is stirring to life after its long winter rest.… Read More »

Dr. Chlorophyll

Advice for the Horticulturally Harassed The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it… Read More »

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Gardener’s Calender

April Checklist

  • Tomato planting? Ready, set, go! Our selection peaks over the next 6 weeks.
  • Treat yourself to a new garden hat as the sun reaches higher in the sky.
  • Prune deciduous flowering shrubs (Lilac, Flowering Quince, Forsythia) during or after bloom.
  • Acid-loving plants like Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons are in their growing season. Feed for growth.
  • The leaves of Narcissus (Daffodil) should be allowed to wither naturally after bloom. Tie them back, but don’t remove them until completely dried.

May Checklist

  • It’s safe to plant warm-season veggies in the Bay Area now.
  • Loosen or remove stakes from trees planted in winter.
  • Select succulents now.
  • Support or cage tomato plants early.
  • Deadhead and groom geraniums for longer flowering.