Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Going Native Garden Tour
Gardens that are water-wise and low maintenance, attractive to humans as well as birds and butterflies: See them firsthand on the Bay Area's 7th annual free, self-guided tour of home gardens landscaped with California native plants. The Going Native Garden Tour returns Sunday, April 19, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This tour offers many gardens for viewing -- from townhome lots to 1-acre plots, from newly planted gardens to established ones. You won't have to go far to see one: The gardens are located all over the Santa Clara Valley and the Peninsula. Visit as many as you like -- for pictures, for ideas, for inspiration.

The self-guided tour is open to all. Admission is free; registration is required at before April 18, 12 noon, or until the tour reaches capacity, whichever comes first. Space is limited; register early to ensure a place. For more information, email

The tour is organized entirely by volunteers. Knowledge of native plant gardening is a plus but not required. Volunteers receive invitations to visit native gardens throughout the year. To volunteer, join

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