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… Read More »

November/December 2016

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 »

November/December 2016

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 »

November/December 2016

Rose Shipment

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

November/December 2016

Dr. Chlorophyll

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

September/October 2016

The Way Things Were

We remember the way things were, and we find comfort in these thoughts. But the reality of our situation is that things… Read More »

September/October 2016

Solar Lanterns

As the days get shorter, do you find you need a little light in your life? Berkeley Horticultural Nursery sells solar… Read More »

September/October 2016

Bulb Reminder

Everyone knows about planting bulbs for spring flowers, though they often don’t remember until they actually see a… Read More »

September/October 2016

Mulch Ado About Some Things

Visitors to Berkeley Hort are sometimes confused by the array of mulches, soil amendments, manures and container mixes… Read More »

July/August 2016

Salvia, the common sage

Which genus of plants is most significant to California gardeners? My vote is for Salvia, the common sage. Not so much… Read More »

July/August 2016

Bearded Iris: Growing Tips

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

July/August 2016

Aromatherapy in a Pot: Scented Geraniums

Like sniffing the aroma of freshly roasted coffee, or a salty sea breeze, breathing the perfume of a scented geranium… Read More »

July/August 2016

Edible Patio Gardening

So you’ve run out of space to plant more vegetables & herbs in your garden. Or, like a lot of us folks in the… Read More »

May/June 2016

The Tomato

The tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum) is a short-lived perennial that we treat as an annual. It originated in the… Read More »

May/June 2016

Tomato Growing Tips

Watering your Tomatoes Have you ever had tomatoes that were watery, mealy and bland flavored? Watering your tomatoes… Read More »

May/June 2016

Dr. Chlorophyll

Advice for the horticulturally harassed The two most dangerous words to matrimony: “Charge it.” The three most… Read More »

March/April 2016

As the spring equinox comes

If you are like me, very little time goes into the planning and preparation for your spring garden. I wake up one… Read More »

March/April 2016

Consider Clematis

Most Clematis are lovely vining plants. Often large flowered and sometimes fragrant, they are easy to fit into just… Read More »

March/April 2016

Wisteria wakes up

In winter, wisteria is not at its most glamorous—the vines are leafless gray ropes, trapeze wires for squirrels.… Read More »

November/December 2015

Speed Bumps, Hurdles, and Walls

My dream garden is one where the sun shines every day but the plants get ample water. It is one where seeds germinate… Read More »

November/December 2015

This just in: Dormant Fruit Trees

For a short time in January and February we offer deciduous fruit trees “bareroot”. Bareroot season is necessarily… Read More »

November/December 2015

got citrus?

If so, we’d like to hear what kinds you’re growing and under what conditions (soil, moisture, temperature,… Read More »

November/December 2015

Seed Corner

It has cooled down out in the garden, but it’s not too late to give something back by planting a cover crop. Cover… Read More »

November/December 2015

Dr. Chlorophyll

Just for chuckles ~ some vintage “I always wanted to be the last guy on earth, just to see if all those women were… Read More »

September/October 2015

Bring It On

I commend those of you who have taken our drought seriously and changed the way you garden. Judging from my… Read More »

September/October 2015

Plan for Great Fall Fruits!

Later, in November, we will have a huge selection of berries and fruit trees from Dave Wilson Nursery. These are some… Read More »

September/October 2015

Ferns for the Low Water Garden

Ferns are elegant foliage plants that capture the eye without the aid of flowers. They are shade-loving, are generally… Read More »

September/October 2015

Silver Plants Cool?

Could plants with silver leaves promote global cooling? That’s what scientists at the University of Bristol seem to… Read More »

July/August 2015

Who was George Budgen?

This article was reprinted from the Jan. 1973 issue of The California Hort. Society Journal "It is said that a… Read More »

July/August 2015

Terrariums

A terrarium is a self-contained world for plants that takes very little water or maintenance. With California’s… Read More »

July/August 2015

Seed Corner

Seeds for the Season As summer peaks we find ourselves transitioning from spring to fall vegetables. Now is the time… Read More »

July/August 2015

The Cape Primrose

Native to South Africa, Cape primroses (Streptocarpus spp.) are in the Gesneriad family. These species belong to one of… Read More »

May/June 2015

Garden Memories

Childhood garden memories can have a strong influence on our direction later in life. For me, the family vegetable plot… Read More »

May/June 2015

Our New Dry Department

When our customers ask, “where are your drought tolerant plants?” we explain our system for keeping them in their… Read More »

May/June 2015

‘Nips in the bud: blooming Nepeta!

This short article on catnips is dedicated to our cat in residence Lulu, who is very fond of flowering Nepeta. To mark… Read More »

May/June 2015

Cultivators for Cultivators

For any parent in your life who gardens, consider a gift this Mother’s or Father’s Day of one of the most… Read More »

May/June 2015

Hats Hats Hats

I personally do not like to wear hats. Don’t ask why. When I venture out, I always see people with hats on, and they… Read More »

May/June 2015

Seed Corner

Let’s eat weeds! One person’s weed is another person’s salad garnish. Berkeley Hort carries many greens that can… Read More »

May/June 2015

Japanese Maples

(Acer palmatum) The Wig Maple is among the first cultivars of Acer palmatum to show signs of life as winter ends.… Read More »

May/June 2015

Dr. Chlorophyll

Advice for the horticulturally harassed “Change is what makes the world go round. Not love—love only keeps it… Read More »

March/April 2015

Drought Tolerant Fare

It might take another forty days and forty nights of rain to approximate our seasonal normal, but I’m not sure about… Read More »

March/April 2015

Fun with Food

Sometimes starting a new Vegetable garden or adding edibles to your landscape for the first time can be a little… Read More »

March/April 2015

Seed Corner

Growing Tomatoes Growing tomato plants from seed can be an incredibly rewarding experience, and tomato seeds are… Read More »

March/April 2015

The Rock

Children visiting the nursery sometimes discover an interesting spot that many adults miss, namely the large red rock… Read More »

March/April 2015

Dr. Chlorophyll

Advice for the horticulturally harassed “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m… Read More »