The annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour is a self-guided tour of 40 fabulous private gardens that provide habitat for wildlife are pesticide-free, conserve water, and contain 60% or more native plants. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour has been cancelled. The 2020 Tour, now a virtual event, can still inspire, educate, and help you transform your own garden!
Use some of that extra time you have at home to plan how you will show your garden some love, bring nature home, and help the environment by incorporating beautiful native plants into your garden. The Tour will take place virtually this year, on the Tour’s Facebook page, where gardens will be featured one at a time, and additional information will be provided.
In addition to the featured Tour gardens, we will include posts on how to get started planning your own native plant garden, what designers can help you plan your own garden with virtual consultations, what natives are in flower, and what birds, bees, and butterflies are visiting the native plants in Tour gardens. Learn what weeds are popping up and how you can control them, and what you can be doing in your garden each month. We are doing all we can in this difficult time; keep watching to see what we come up with! Find Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour on Facebook.
Schedule for Sunday, April 26, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Pacific Standard Time)
10:10 – 11:30 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” will kick off this event with the talk “Restoring the Little Things That Run the World: Why It Matters and What We Can Do.” (You won’t want to miss this awesome talk!)
11:30 – 11:45 Q and A with Douglas Tallamy
11:45 – 12:10 Nancy Niemeyer’s garden, Clayton
12:10 – 12:35 Leslie Zander’s garden, Albany
12:35 – 1:00 Stephanie Pruegel’s garden, San Leandro
1:00 – 1:20 Tour of East Bay Wilds Native Plant Nursery with Pete Veilleux
1:20 -1:45 Mardi Mertens’ garden, Berkeley
1:45 – 2:00 Mary Cooper’s garden, Castro Valley
2:00 – 2:25 Donna Bodine’s garden, El Cerrito
2:25 – 2:50 Maria Sargent’s garden, Danville
2:50 – 3:00 Music in the Garden and a montage of native plant garden photos