Registration is now open for the Fourteenth Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, which will take place Sunday, May 6, 2018, from 10:00–5:00 at various locations throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Participants on the self-guided Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour can visit any of thirty seven showcase native plant gardens. This year the theme is “Art and Music in the Gardens.”
Artwork will be available for sale at eleven gardens, and gardens containing garden art will be featured. Bluegrass, jazz, Baroque, Renaissance music and more will be performed at various gardens; children’s activities will also be offered.
Registrants will have the opportunity to learn how select and care for California native plants, lower their water bills, design a low-maintenance garden, attract butterflies, birds, and bees, and garden without using pesticides. Fifty talks will be offered on the week-end of the Tour. More than 3,000 people are expected to register for this annual event, which will fill; early registration is suggested to ensure a place.
The delightful collection of gardens offered this year range from large wooded lots in the hills to small gardens in the flats, and from professionally designed gardens to those designed by homeowners. Garden styles run the gamut—from restoration gardens containing local native plants to the horticulturally available suite of natives from throughout California, and to gardens containing a mixture of natives and Mediterranean climate plants.