Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fall Pruning

As fall color wanes, the branching structure of all the trees starts to emerge.  The coral bark and paper bark maples begin to glow as the light hits their bark.  For most trees the bare outline of the canopy is what we appreciate.

Now is the best time to shape and prune trees into the look we want.  The branches are easy to see, the tree is practically asleep and the sunny weather is perfect for gardening!

Once all the dead wood and crossing branches are gone, continue to open up the canopy by removing branches that have minimal separation.  This will create depth and add light inside the tree.  Work around the tree on all sides evenly and look to create layers at different heights.

Call wildwood nursery at 707.833.1161 if you need a pruning service!

Friday, November 10, 2017


October was a good month for working outside of Sonoma.

We spent most of the month building a waterfall at a residence in Marin.  The waterfall stretches over 20' so it has elements of a creek as well as a small pond at the end. 

The pool and drop style of the feature is really reminiscent of many California rivers [versus continuous gradient rivers].  No room for rafts on this river though.

A new paver walkway and bridge make portages easier.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


The firefighters did an amazing job preserving structures and open space.

Less than two weeks after the inferno started, the skies are blue and fall color is in full effect.  The Fireglow Japanese maple to the left is the kind of fiery red that we like.  It is one of our most popular plants.  And for good reason- it's sturdy, easy to train into a small patio tree, and red all year.

Fall color will probably only last a few weeks due to the hot dry conditions.  Take a moment and enjoy while it lasts.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A Bright Spot

Hi Joe,

Following up with you and your family. Thinking about you with this destructive fires happening around us. Several news came out of Kenwood hoping that you and your family are ok.

Our home is still standing for now, but our neighbors to the right and in front of us lost their homes. 20 feet away on Altruria 30 plus homes are burnt to the grounds! Amazingly enough the Maples trees in are still standing!

Take care,


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fire Season

Kenwood has several active fires this week and only emergency personnel are working in the area.

Once Kenwood is safe and we can return to Wildwood, we will take stock of nursery.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Planting Season

It's always planting season in California.  With the start of fall, the soil is warm while the air temperature is a little less intense.

We took a trip to Larkspur, CA to plant a Glowing Ember Japanese Maple, Baldsmith Japanese Maple, and two Coral Bark Japanese Maples.  They were big trees too!  Two 45 gallon cans and two 24" box containers.

They rolled into their new digs and made an immediate splash!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Just Add Water

Looking for an instant tree?

Now they're at Wildwood Nursery.  The new selection of Japanese Maples and Umbrella Pines are established trees that can transform any setting.

They have the width - nine feet - to fill any gap in your garden.  They have the height - nine feet - to provide shade and layers of branches to see through.

It's easier then ever to see what trees look like fully grown!