Gardens: Bay Area
Strybing Arboretum/San Francisco Botanical Garden
Regional Parks Botanic Garden at Tilden Park
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek – cactus and succulents
Quarryhill Botanical Garden. Visits only by appointment, but worth an inquiry.
Filoli – great estate garden to visit in Woodside, California
The Gardens at Heather Farms – five acre garden in Walnut Creek dedicated to horticulture
Events: Bay Area
Pacific Horticulture has an events page
Plant Exchange of Oakland – 2x-a-year free community event in Oakland, California. Encourages exchange, recycling, reuse.
Ploughshares Nursery has free workshops.
UC Botanical Garden calendar
Regional Parks Botanic Garden calendar
San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
Organizations and Societies: International
Mediterranean Gardening International (MGI)
The Mediterranean Garden Society – Filled with great cultural info and has a very active forum.
American Bamboo Society – all you need to know about bamboo. Message boards and species list.
American Iris Society – Full of information (including photos) on many different types of iris – not just tall bearded iris. (The Bay Area is in Region 14)
American Rhododendron Society
Pacific Bulb Society
North American Rock Garden Society
California Rare Fruit Growers – information on growing uncommon fruits and vegetables
Mediterranean Climate Regions
CalFlora.org: The most extensive searchable database and photo gallery of California plants
Jepson Online Index: Consists of more than 12,000 names in current and/or recent use. Links to photos. ****
Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants -information on growing Australian plants with lots of photos.
Australian National Botanic Garden – information on Australian plants
PlantZAfrica – Photos of some of the 22,000 native species
National Botanical Institute, ZA; info on South Africa’s 8 botanic gardens
Exploring the Sonoran Desert – Photos of Sonoran Desert flora and fauna
High Desert Plants – Photos/information on plants of California’s high elevation deserts
Desert wildflower hotline alerts – California and Arizona
National Park Service wildflower “Events” Check before traveling.
Plant Photos and Information
CalPhotos – 34,000+ photos of California plants
CalFlora.org: Database of California plants
calflora.net Southern California wildflowers
Flowershots – Photographer Ron Parson’s site filled with beautiful images, specifically orchids and other flowers.
The Plant Kaleidoscope – 700 photos of plants grown in europe
Fa. C. Esveld – hundreds of photos of commonly grown horticultural plants; hundreds more can be ordered (free; fee for commercial use)
Digital Flora of Texas – photos of plants found in Texas
Dave’s garden: plant database, gardening discussion forums, seed trading, and what he calls journals: individual gardeners’ lists of what plants they are growing, and how they have done
Vireya.net -tropical Rhododendrons which can be grown in coastal California
Plants For A Future – database of edible and medicinal plants
Bonsai – articles
Tom Clothier’s Seed Germination Database – one of the most comprehensive on the Web – Plus Tom’s Tips & Tricks on lots of gardening subjects
Rooting Database – by David W. Burger – U.C. Davis
Dictionary of Botanical terms
Botanical Glossary – A fully hypertext ‘dictionary’ explaining the latin in plant names. Find out what a fugacious leaf is! From B+T World Seeds
Common/Latin name dictionary Know only the English common name of a plant? This site will give you the Latin name for about 20,000 common English names. Also from B+T World Seeds.
Nurseries: Bay Area
Annie’s Annuals Richmond CA
Mostly Natives Nursery
Monterey Bay Nursery
Sloat Garden Centers – great selection of high quality plants
Momiji Nursery – great selection of japanese maples
The Dry Garden – good selection of drought tolerant plants + expertise
Native Here Nursery – good selection of plants native to the East Bay (SF Bay Area)
Ploughshares Nursery – great selection of native & drought plants (Alameda) + workshops
Nurseries: Mail Order
Pacific Islands Nursery – Vireyas (tropical rhododendrons)
Las Pilitas California natives
Flowers by the Sea Salvias
High Country Gardens Many Waterwise Pernnials
Seeds: Mail Order
Larners Seeds: California native plants, trees, shrubs;
Seedman.com Various seeds, including exotic and tropical plants
Angelgrove Seed Company. Various tree seeds, including Japanese maples
Seedhunt – loads of cool things.
J.L. Hudson Seeds – many rare and hard to find seeds. Since 1911.
Silverhill South African seeds
Chileflora Chilean seeds
Johnny’s Seeds Seed starting Supplies
http://www.indefenseofplants.com/ Speaker (Matt Candeis) from 2017 – nice blog