Bay Nature magazineWinter 2003


Native Plant Gardening Resources

January 1, 2003


Bay Natives
375 Alabama St. #440
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 287-6755

Berkeley Horticultural Nursery
1310 McGee Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94703
Stock includes California natives among other types of plants. Encourages sustainable, organic gardening.

California Flora Nursery
P.O. Box 3, Somers and D Streets.
Fulton, CA 95439
Nursery plants; most are California natives.

California Native Plant Society
2707 K Street, Suite 1
Sacramento, CA 95816-5113
(916) 447-2677
The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to increaseunderstanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and toconserve them and their natural habitats through education, science,advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.

All Bay Area chapters hold annual native plant sales.

CNPS/East Bay


CNPS/Milo Baker (Sonoma)

CNPS/Napa Valley

CNPS/Santa Clara Valley

CNPS/Willis Linn Jepson (Solano)

CNPS/Yerba Buena (SF and San Mateo)

Canfield Native Nursery

Patricia Canfield, 1369 Tilton Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472 Tel: 707/823-3776 Fax: 707/823-3776

Native plants for environmental restoration.

Ecological Restoration Services (Native Plant Nursery) and Human Services

Circuit Rider Productions, Inc.
9619 Old Redwood Highway
Windsor, CA 95492

Center for Environmental Stewardship California Native Plant Nursery
9619 OldRedwood Highway
Windsor, CA
707-838-6641, ext. 244
We propagate California native plants forhabitatrestoration projects.  In addition, our nursery providesnativeand drought tolerant plants for home-gardeners and landscapers for usein water-wise landscapes.

Elkhorn Native Plant Nursery
1957 B Highway 1, Moss Landing, CA 95039
Wholesale and retail native plants and seeds for restoration and landscaping.

Freshwater Farms, Inc.
5851 Myrtle Ave.
Eureka, CA 95503
(800) 200-8969
California wetland and riparian native plants and seed.

The Gardens at Heather Farm
1540 Marchbanks Dr.
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Non-profit educational garden with a native plant demonstration garden.

Garden Natives
We are a small mobile nursery servicing the East Bay from Orinda to the

Green Jeans
690 Redwood Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 389-8333
Organically grown nursery plants, inlcuding some California natives. Full line of organic soil amendments and fertilizers.

Hartland Nursery
13737 Grand Island Road, Walnut Grove, CA  95690
(916) 775-4021

Larner Seeds
P.O. Box 407
Bolinas, CA 94924
(415) 868-9407
Mail order seed. Also, nursery plants, especially coastal natives. Demonstration garden.

Las Baulines Nursery
150 Olema Bolinas Rd.
Bolinas, CA 94924-9778
Some natives, coastal plants (specializes in coastal plants.

Magic Gardens
729 Heinz Ave
Berkeley, CA
(510) 528-5587
Specializes in organically grown plants that thrive in Bay Area climates

Mostly Natives Nursery
P.O. Box 258
27235 Hwy. 1
Tomales, CA 94971
(707) 878-2009
Nursery plants, especially coastal natives.

Native Here Nursery
101 Golf Course Dr.
Tilden Regional Park
Berkeley, CA 94708
(510) 549-0211
Nursery plants native to the East Bay.

Native Revival Nursery
2600 Mar Vista Dr.
Aptos, CA 95003-3615
(831) 684-1811
Dedicated to flora and fauna of the Bay Area. Has new 3.5-acre site.

North Coast Native Nursery
P.O. Box 660, Petaluma, CA 94953 Tel: 707/769-1213 Fax: 707/769-1230
E-mail: Web:
Propagator of California native perennials, revegetation material, custom seed collection, contract growing, restoration contracting.


O’Donnell’s Fairfax Nursery
1700 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Fairfax, CA 94930
(415) 453-0372
Organic and native plants.

Rana Creek Nursery
35351 E. Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
(831) 659-3820
Native grass seed and nursery sales, emphasizing habitat restoration.

Regional Parks Botanic Garden
Wildcat Canyon Rd. at South Park Dr.
Tilden Park
Berkeley, CA 94708
(510) 841-8732
Ten-acre California native plant garden. Nursery plants April through December; large, annual plant sale in April.

P.O. Box 96
Freedom, CA 95019
Mail order seed of annuals and perennials, including many California natives.

Sloat Garden Center
828 Diablo Rd.
Danville, CA 94526-2734
(925) 743-0288
Regional chain, displays native wildflower beds in spring.

Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Ninth Avenue at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, S.F.
Garden includes large California native section. Plant sales throughout the year; some include California natives.

The Watershed Nursery
155 Tamalpais Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
Specializing in native plants for habitat restoration

U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley
(510) 643-2755
Garden includes large California native section. Sales at various times of year; most include some natives.

Wayward Gardens
1296 Tilton Rd.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-8225
Nursery plants. Specializes in “flora for fauna.”

Yerba Buena Nursery
19500 Skyline Blvd.
Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-1668
Nursery plants; most are California natives. Demonstration garden.


Bauer, Nancy. The Habitat Garden Book: Wildlife Landscaping for the San Francisco Bay Region (Coyote Ridge Press, 2001). Clear and compact beginner’s guide to native and non-native plants that attract birds, bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects.

Clarke, Charlotte Bringle. Edible and Useful Plants of California (University of California Press, 1978). Information on the uses of wild California plants.

Emery, Dara E. Seed Propagation of Native California Plants (Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1988). Out of print but available from

Francis, Mark and Andreas Reimann. The California Landscape Garden: Ecology, Culture, and Design (University of California Press, 1999). Bringing the California landscape and wildlife into the garden through ecological gardening practices.

Hagen, Bruce, et al. Compatible Plants Under and Around Oaks (Oakland: California Oak Foundation, 2000). Guidelines for planting under or near native oaks.

Hayes, Anne and Shannah Anderson. The Gardener’s Guide to Native Plants of the East Bay (Aquatic Outreach Institute, 2001). Useful beginner’s guide to plants and resources for the East Bay native plant gardener.

Jepson, Willis Linn and James C. Hickman. The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California (University of California Press, 1993). Detailed reference on the botany of Caifornia native plants.

Lowry, Judith Larner. Gardening with a Wild Heart (Berkeley: U.C. Press, 1999). Meditation on wildland ecology, restoration gardening practices, and native plant horticulture.

Ornduff, Robert. An Introduction to California Plant Life (Berkeley: U.C. Press, 1974). Guide to California’s plant communities and the environmental influences that determine their distribution.

Peirce, Pam. Golden Gate Gardening: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Food Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area & Coastal California (Sasquatch Books, 1998). Provides tips for growing food plants suitable for California’s Bay Area coastal microclimates. Includes generally applicable sections on soil and pest management.

Schmidt, Marjorie. Growing California Native Plants (Berkeley: U.C. Press, 1980). Detailed growing information for many native plants.

Sonoma County Master Gardeners. Flora for Fauna: Habitats for Birds, Butterflies, and Beneficial Insects (Wayward Gardens, 1999). Includes a database of plants and the types of fauna they attract.

Stein, Sara. Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards (Boston/N.Y.: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1993). Follows the transformation of the author’s garden as part of her efforts to restore the native ecosystem.


The Bay Area Gardener: Resources for Bay Area gardeners.

CalFlora: Extensive photos and data detailing California plants.

California Academy of Sciences: Provides detailed information about California wildflowers.

California Digital Library Project: Site contains extensive database of plant photographs. Will incorporate pictures from the CalFlora Web site, when the latter goes offline.

California Native Garden Foundation: provides both education and grants. Classes, lectures, and workshops are available on water-wise gardening, 12 months of color in your garden, designing a native garden, native edibles, and more. Contact Alrie Middlebrook (408) 292-9993.

California Native Plant Society: Information about native plants and links to local chapters’ websites, many of which contain native plant gardening advice.

eNature: Includes information and advice on backyard habitat gardening.

Las Pilitas Nursery: Extensive website focusing growing California native plants, including information on design and gardening for wildlife.

National Wildlife Federation: Offers backyard wildlife habitat certification as well as tips about gardening for wildlife. Site has regional information and contacts. Associated with

Native Habitats: Supports the restoration and preservation of native ecosystems. The website offers links on topics such as gardening with native plants and pesticide alternatives.

The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants, Inc.: Site includes photo gallery and seed order form. The foundation also produces the Poppy Print newsletter.

Native Plants Network: A native plant propagation technique database for North America.


The Watershed Project (Richmond): Gardening for Wildlife workshops are currently offered to residents and educators in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. (510) 231-5655

California Native Garden Foundation: A nonprofit that provides both education and grants. Classes, lectures, and workshops are available on water-wise gardening, 12 months of color in your garden, designing a native garden, native edibles, and more. Contact Alrie Middlebrook (408) 292-9993.

California Native Plant Society: Links to walks and programs focusing on native plants offered by local chapters. “Gardening with Natives Group” (Santa Clara Valley CNPS Chapter) holds monthly meetings, an annual native plant garden tour, and an annual wildflower show. Contact Stephanie Morris at, (408) 629-8004; or Arvind Kumar at, (408) 274-6965.

Friends of the Jepson Herbarium (Berkeley): Wide variety of workshops and classes on botanical and ecological subjects. (510) 643-7008

Larner Seeds: Four workshops each year focus on gardening with the seasons. (415) 868-9407

LifeGarden (Walnut Creek): Classes, tours, and lecture series about ecological gardening and topics such as native plants. (925) 937-3044

Magic Gardens: Offers some Saturday classes on native gardens, as well as other gardening topics. (510) 528-5587

Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program: Taking Root workshops for K-5 teachers about creating healthy school gardens. (510) 499-3202

Regional Parks Botanic Garden (Berkeley): Classes and lectures focused on native plant botany, horticulture, and natural history. (510) 841-8732

Glen Schneider and Lyn Talkovsky: East Bay landscape professionals offer classes and information on gardening for wildlife using local native plants. (510) 644-1776 or (510) 231-5912

Strybing Arboretum Society (San Francisco): Wide variety of classes on botany and horticulture. (415) 661-1316 ext.300

U.C. Berkeley Botanic Garden

Many Bay Area community colleges have horticulture departments that offer classes in ecology, native plants, garden design, etc.



U.C. Cooperative Extension: Links to UC Cooperative Extension county offices and regional resources plus online information on many horticultural topics.

U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden Sick Plant Clinic
200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
First Saturday morning of each month.
(510) 643-2755

Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture
Strybing Arboretum, Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, S.F.
(415) 661-1316 ext.303

California Native Plants Discussion Group
Listserve for people with questions about California native plants.


Friends of Sausal Creek
Volunteers can help with native plant propagation, construction, and other restoration efforts around Sausal Creek in Oakland. (510) 501-3672

Presidio Native Plant Nursery, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Volunteers can help nursery staff propagate and plant natives around the Presidio. Call (415) 561-4830 for more information.

San Pablo Watershed Neighbors Education and Restoration Society (SPAWNERS)
Join SPAWNERS at the El Sobrante Library on January 25 for an educational morning of native plant gardening and restoration. The library is located at 4191 Appian Way, and the event will take place between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Call (510) 231-9566.



The Bay Leaf
Monthly newsletter from the East Bay chapter of CNPS.

The Blazing Star
Bimonthly newsletter produced by the Santa Clara Valley chapter of CNPS.

Magazine produced by the California Native Plant Society. Covers scientific, philosophical, and practical issues about native plants.

California Native Plant Society
1722 J Street, Suite 17
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 447-2677

Growing Native Research Institute
Bimonthly newsletter on specific topics about gardening with native plants. Back issues available.
P.O. Box 489
Berkeley, CA 94701

Newsletter explores the history and biology of California native flora.
Regional Parks Botanic Garden
c/o Tilden Regional Park
Berkeley, CA 94708-2396

Pacific Horticulture
Magazine for gardeners in the West and in places with similar climates. Includes scientific information, human interest stories, book reviews, and tips on gardening for wildlife.
P.O. Box 680
Berkeley, CA 94701 USA
(510) 849-1627



California Native Grass Association (CNGA)
Promotes and restores California native grasslands.
P.O. Box 72405
Davis, CA 95617
(530) 759-8458

California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
Open to all native plant lovers. Membership benefits include subscriptions to the Bulletin and Fremontia, as well as publications produced by local chapters.
1722 J Street, Suite 17
Sacramento, CA 95814

Friends of the Regional Parks
The Regional Parks Botanic Garden includes plants native to many communities in California. Membership benefits include subscriptions to Four Seasons and Manzanita.
Regional Parks Botanic Garden
c/o Tilden Regional Park
Berkeley, CA 94708-2396

Society for Pacific Coast Native Iris
The society seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of this native plant.
(707) 964-3907


The National Gardening Association’s site for children and teachers contains a section on native and wild plants.

Marin County Junior Botanist Program
Run by Wendy Dreskin of the Marin CNPS chapter, the program teaches students to identify Marin native flora.

Native Plant Stories, by Joseph Bruchac and Michael J. Caduto. Fulcrum Publishing, 1995. Collection of 18 stories from North and Central American Indian cultures exploring the relationship of people and other animals with the plants around them. For grades 4-8.

Special Species by California Kids: California’s Native Plants and Animals Seen through the Eyes of School Children. Writing and artwork by California school children about the state’s native plants and animals.

Special Species
Attn: Barbara Moran
POB 3356
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 728-1361

The Special Species Project…on the Web
Project-based educational site with some native plant information for students and teachers. Site includes student-created Power Point presentations about California’s plants and animals.

Page of links lists resources for students and teachers to learn more about vernal pools and the California natives that inhabit them.
Thanks to Jeanne Ateljevich, editor of Manzanita (the newsletter of the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden), for permission to reprint resources listed in the Fall 2001 issue.

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