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July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature
Bay Natives Nursery, the purveyor of local Bay Area native plants, has opened a walk-in retail location at Pier 96 on San Francisco’s southern waterfront. The new nursery sits at the terminus of Cargo Way and cross-street Jennings St., adjacent to Heron’s Head Park on the northern edge of the India Basin Shoreline. We look forward to seeing you!
July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature
The Alameda County UC Master Gardener program trains volunteers to serve our community by sharing knowledge about all aspects of home gardening. With the help of a Program Coordinator, the Master Gardener Program is administered by the Master Gardeners themselves. An elected Advisory Board helps guide the program to promote sustainable home landscapes in Alameda County.
July 06, 2012 by Elizabeth Laubach
From afar, this windswept island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay appears so rugged that you’d expect to find only century plans and eucalyptus. But Alcatraz is alive with color.
June 18, 2012 by Judith Larner Lowry
Chaparral and scrublands are often overlooked, dismissed even, as valuable habitat in places like Point Reyes National Seashore. But the unassuming assemblage of low-lying shrubs and herbs are the right tools for the job in many difficult landscape situations, and hold a beauty of their own. Perhaps it’s time to rethink scrublands as a rightful native habitat, good in the wild and garden.
October 01, 2011 by Jacoba Charles
Bayer Farm brings open space and food security to a section of Santa Rosa that needs more of both. With help from the nonprofit Landpaths, people in the Roseland neighborhood are helping each other plant and harvest food, and community.
May 24, 2011 by Isaura Linares
For the third year in a row, San Francisco State University Professor Gretchen LeBuhn is helping thousands of people pitch in on a major research effort to count bees all across the country. This year, they are gearing up for the Great Bee Count. It’s not till July, but now’s a good time to get seeds in the ground so you’ll be ready!
April 01, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal
Google “mulch” and you’ll find university websites from Alaska to Florida touting mulch as one of the most environmentally friendly and effective tools for improving a backyard garden. But that mulch keeps native bees from digging their nests…
April 01, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn
Leafcutters, diggers, carpenters, and masons… At first glance that may look like a directory for building contractors. Add the miners, cuckoos, and sweats and what you have isn’t a list of tool-bag clad builders, but some of the 1,600 known species of native bees in California. Here’s how you can make them at home in your garden.