Links of Interest

Gardens: Bay Area
San Francisco Botanical Garden (formerly Strybing Arboretum)
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

Gardens: California
The Huntington San Marino CA
Descanso Gardens. La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
San Diego Botanic Garden
Leaning Pine Arboretum  Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Events: Bay Area
Pacific Horticulture  – webinars and travel tours
Plant Exchange of Oakland – 2x-a-year free community event in Oakland, California, encourages exchange, recycling, reuse.
Ploughshares Nursery offers  free workshops.
UC Botanical Garden calendar
Regional Parks Botanic Garden calendar

Organizations and Societies: Bay Area
California Native Plant Society – dedicated to California native plants
Foothill College Horticulture Club
The Marin Rose Society
San Francisco Rose Society
Western Horticultural Society

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 only 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
California 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
South Africa
PlantZAfricaPhotos of some of the 22,000 native species
National Botanical Institute, ZA; info on South Africa’s 8 botanic gardens

Desert Wildflowers
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 Database of California plants 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
Plantentuin Esveld – hundreds of photos of commonly grown horticultural plants; hundreds more can be ordered (free; fee for commercial use).
Digital Flora of Texas – A searchable data base of images of Texas plants

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 -tropical Rhododendrons which can be grown in coastal California
Plants For A Future – database of edible and medicinal plants
Bonsai – Bonsai Articles by Brent Walston and other authors

Tom Clothier’s Seed Germination Database – one of the most comprehensive on the Web – Plus Tom’s Tips & Tricks on lots of gardening subjects
The Rooting Database – by Dr. Choong Lee and Dr. David W. Burger

Stone Fruit Propagation References – U.C. Davis

Dictionary of Botanical terms
Botanical Glossary – A fully hypertext ‘dictionary32’ 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.

Diseases, Pests and Weeds
Pest management – information on pests and pest management from UC Davis
Global Compendium of Weeds – Information on thousands of world-wide weed species

Beneficial Insects and Pollinators
Las Pilitas Butterfly host plant list – Las Pilitas Nursery
Buglogical – source for beneficial nematodes

Nurseries: Bay Area
Annie’s Annuals Richmond CA
The Dry Garden – good selection of drought tolerant plants + expertise
East Bay Wilds – CA native plants
Momiji Nursery – great selection of japanese maples
Monterey Bay Nursery
Mostly Natives Nursery
Sloat Garden Centers – great selection of high quality plants
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)
Plant Delights
Las Pilitas California natives
Digging Dog Nursery
Flowers by the Sea Salvias
High Country Gardens  Many Waterwise Pernnials

Seeds: Mail Order
Larners Seeds: California native plants, trees, shrubs; 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

Blogs Matt Candeis