Plants and Fungi

From majestic 300-foot redwoods to the luscious black witch’s butter mushroom, the San Francisco Bay Area is alive with plants and fungi. Yet many of these rooted natives are threatened by the twin forces of development and invasive species, making their survival particularly critical for the food web.

Latest from Plants and Fungi

Turning Blue: Ain’t nothing but a hound’s tongue!

March 29, 2013 by John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws turns his naturalist's eye and paintbrushes to the hound's tongue, one of our early spring bloomers.

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Best Bay Area hikes into wildflower country

March 28, 2013 by Kristen Martz

Got some time on a beautiful spring weekend? Spend it in wildflower country on some of the Bay Area's best hikes.

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Bay Area native plants play it safe, biologically speaking

March 14, 2013 by Jacoba Charles

Bay Area plant species bloom to their own tune. Our plants are always sending something out, but they've also learned to play it safe.

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Madeline’s Garden

March 13, 2013 by Paul Epstein

A resident of Saratoga, Madeline Morrow sits on the Steering Committee of the 2013 “Going Native” tour, a two-day extravaganza ...

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Planting in memory of MLK

January 23, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

What's native plant restoration have to do with MLK Day? Maybe not a whole lot, unless you spend it on the MLK Regional Shoreline planting seven varieties of wetland species.

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A marvel of magnolias

January 14, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Magnolias may not be native to Northern California. But the SF Botanical Garden has been conserving this endangered flowering tree, and now's the time to see them in full bloom.

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Trees snag Oakland’s first major creek daylighting project

December 20, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

A 250-foot stretch of Sausal Creek would see the light of day. But Oakland's plans to remove 84 trees, many of them coast redwoods, has raised an uproar among Dimond Park users.

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Finding my Charlie Brown perfect at San Pedro Headlands

November 27, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

The San Pedro Headlands offers up the ultimate solution in "sustainable" Christmas trees -- restoring coastal scrubland by removing Monterey pine. My tree was a little short of perfect, but one to remember. (Alison Hawkes)

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Art in the shade at the UC Botanical Garden

October 03, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

This Sunday, visit the UC Botanical Garden, see a remakable collection of installation art, and hear from artist Todd Gilens about the 100-foot-long mural he created on the side of a shade house.

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Planet Fungi

September 27, 2012 by Joe Eaton

It may be safely said that there are two kinds of people: those who notice mushrooms and those who don’t. ...

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