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17th Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

Sunday, May 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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One event on May 16, 2021 at 10:00 am

One event on May 23, 2021 at 10:00 am

Registration for the free, virtual Seventeenth Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, which will take place on Sundays April 25 and May 2, 16, and 23, 2021 from 10:00 to 3:00, is now open.  This award-winning tour will be kicked off with a presentation by the inspirational Doug Tallamy, feature twenty five beautiful native plant gardens, Q and A sessions with garden hosts, “Ask the Experts” opportunities, garden design and plant selection information, and more. Check out the schedule of events here, and Register for the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour now.
About the Tour

Since 2005, the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, together with passionate native plant gardeners located throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties, has set the standard for sustainable landscaping in Northern California. The Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour shows that native gardens are beautiful, can be designed on any budget—and conveys the idea that each of us plays a critical role in supporting biodiversity.

The exemplary landscapes on the Tour hope to inform, inspire and motivate you to incorporate native plants into your own gardens.

Since the Tour’s inception more than 200,000 garden visits have been made to native plant gardens showcased on the Tour. This year’s Tour features 42 gardens, which can be seen on the Tour’s website. You can view photos of each of these gardens, read a description of the garden and print out its plant list at View the 2020 Gardens. You will be able to meet the homeowners and view about half of these gardens live online through Sundays in the Gardens.

The gardens on the Tour contain at least 60% native plants, are pesticide-free, water-conserving, and provide habitat for wildlife.

2021 Live Schedule (Subject to change! Check back for updates.)

Sunday, April 25, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

 
Gardening for Wildlife

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome

10:10  – 11:10 “Nature’s best hope” by renowned ecologist Douglas Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens” and the New York Times bestseller “Nature’s Best Hope

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us.  Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can­—and must—take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

11:10 – 11:30 ” Garden as if life depended on it: top Bay Area native plants for wildlife” by Stefanie Pruegel

11:30 – 1200 “Ask the Experts” Q and A with Doug Tallamy and local native plant experts Bob Sorenson, Glen SchneiderKelly Marshall, and Stefanie Pruegel

12:00 -12:30 Bob Sorenson’s garden, Orinda: “Bringing nature home” by Bob Sorenson

12:30 – 1:00 Nancy Wenninger’s garden, Walnut Creek: “Gardening for birds” by Nancy Wenninger

1:00 -1:30 Jen Hurley and Dan Gaff’s garden, Alameda: “Gardening for Wildlife in a Small Garden” by Jen Hurley and Dan Gaff

1:30 -2:00 Tour of the Native Here Native Plant Nursery, located in Tilden Regional Park

2:00 – 2:30 “Bridgeview Pollinator Garden:  our own, local ‘Tiny World,’” Oakland: created by May Chen and narrated by Clytia Curley

2:30 – 3:00 Pat Rudebusch’s garden, Orinda: “Gardening for birds and bees” by Pat Rudebusch

Sunday, May 2, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

Native Plant Garden Design and Plant Selection

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome with Tour Coordinator Kathy Kramer. Details on the day’s schedule

10:10 – 10:40 Nancy Niemeyer’s garden, Clayton:  “Practical tips for gardening with California native plants” by Nancy Niemeyer

10:40 – 11:00 Kathy Kramer and Mike May’s garden, San Pablo:  “How to use CalScape to select native plants for your own garden” by Ann-Marie Benz, California Native Plant Society

11:00 – 11:30  Kelly Marshall’s garden, Clayton: “How to design a native plant meadow” by Kelly Marshall, Kelly Marshall Garden Design

11:30 – 12:00 Al Kyte’s garden, Moraga: “Designing for beauty” by Al Kyte

12:00 – 12:30  Robin Heyden’s garden, Alameda: “Redesigning a small garden with native plants” by Robin Heyden

12:30 – 1:00 “Part 1:  Manzanitas:  Beautiful, evergreen, low maintenance and water-conserving” by Pete Veilleux, East Bay Wilds

1:00 – 1:30 Richmond Museum’ of History’s Cultural Garden, Richmond: “Cultural uses of California native plants” by Melinda McCrary, Richmond Museum of History 

1:30 – 2:00 Lauren Webster’s garden, Oakland: “A permaculture approach to California native plants and hillside erosion: retaining rainwater on site, creating a wetland and dry creek bed, and plant selection” by Lois Simonds, Gardening by Nature’s Design

2:00 – 2:30  Donna Bodine’s garden, El Cerrito: “Combining natives and edibles” by Donna Bodine, BeeLand Farms

2:30 – 3:00 Susan Billings’ garden, El Cerrito:  “From weeds to wildlife: getting started with a native plant garden” by Susan Billings and Sallie Bryan, 4B Garden Design

 

Sunday, May 16, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

A Potpourri of Inspirational Native Plant Gardens (check back for details)

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome with Tour Coordinator Kathy Kramer. Details on the day’s schedule.

10:10 – 10:40 Al Kyte’s garden, Moraga: “The dry beauty at summer’s end” by Al Kyte

10:40 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:30 Wendy Tokuda’s garden, Oakland

11:30 – 12:00 Eugene Shabelyanau and Danny Galindo’s garden, Castro Valley: “Showcasing the early bloomer: California lilacs and manzanitas, currants, wildflowers” by Eugene Shabelyanau and Danny Galindo

12:00 – 12:30 12:30 – 1:00 “Part 2: Manzanitas:  Beautiful, evergreen, low maintenance and water-conserving” by Pete Veilleux, East Bay Wilds

12:30 – 1:00 Edible native plants for the home garden” by Rick Flores, U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum

1:00 – 1:30 Ed Ellebracht’s garden, Fremont

1:30 – 2:00 Susan and Bill Teefy’s garden, Castro Valley

2:00 – 2:30 Cindy Simons’ garden, Castro Valley

2:30 – 3:00 Jamie Marantz’ garden, Oakland: ” Flatlands makeover: conquering concrete, and creating places for pollinators, people and Paloma (the dog)” by Jamie Marantz

 

Sunday, May 23, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

A Potpourri of Inspirational Native Plant Gardens (check back for details)

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome with Tour Coordinator Kathy Kramer. Details on the day’s schedule.

10:10 – 10:40 – Al Kyte’s garden, Moraga:”Beauty beyond the bloom” by Al Kyte Confirmed

10:40 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:30  Dan Wanket’s garden, Concord

11:30 – 12:00 Susan Friedman’s garden, San Ramon: “Native plant garden design” by Susan Friedman, Susan Friedman Landscape Architecture

12:00 – 12:30 Melissa Feudi’s garden, El Cerrito

12:30 – 1:00 Carolyn Rashby and Scott Flicker’s garden, Oakland:  “Grassy Meadow Oasis:  Reducing waste while increasing habitat”

1:00 – 1:30  Mardi Sicular-Mertens’ garden, Berkeley: “Gardening for Wildlife” by Mardi Mertens

1:30 – 2:00  Kat Weiss’ garden, Livermore: “Transitioning from non-native ornamentals to natives” by Kat Weiss of Kat Weiss Landscape Design

2:00 – 2:30 – Carol Hardesty’s garden, Livermore: “Still have that 80’s lawn surrounded by mature non-native plantings? Time to re-envision and sheet mulch to a new native garden” by Kat Weiss

2:30 – 3:00 Bridgeview Pollinator Garden, Oakland: “Life and Death on Milkweed” created by May Chen and narrated by Clytia Curley Confirmed

Details

Date:
Sunday, May 16
Time:
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Website:
https://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/register-2021
 

Organizer

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
Phone:
(510) 236-9558
Email:
kathy@kathykramerconsulting.net
Website:
www.BringingBacktheNatives.net