Looking for ideas on making your garden water-wise this drought year? How about
low maintenance, and attractive to humans and birds and butterflies as well?
Get plenty of ideas by going on the Bay Area’s 12th annual Going Native Garden Tour this weekend, Sat-Sun, April 26-27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a 2-day free, self-guided tour of home gardens landscaped with California native plants.
- On Saturday, April 26, gardens from Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos and north will be open.
- On Sunday, April 27, gardens in Santa Clara, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, and San Jose will be open.
This free self-guided tour is open to all. Registration is required; to register visit
Registration closes at 3pm on Sun, April 27. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted at Tour gardens. Garden addresses will be made available by email to registrants only. For more information, visit www.gngt.org.
I’ve gathered a small group together and carpooled from one garden to the next, this is really fun, informative and it is a great way to explore when you have a co-pilot to find the next garden! There are two days and two areas to choose from!— the editor
The tour offers a variety of gardens for viewing – from townhome lots to 1-acre plots, from newly planted gardens to established ones, designed by professionals to completely “do-it-yourself”. You won’t have to go far to see one: the gardens
are located throughout the Santa Clara Valley and the Peninsula. Visit as many gardens as you like – for inspiration and ideas and for pictures (with the owner’s permission).
- Native plants will be available for purchase at select gardens.
- Many gardens will feature talks on native plant gardening.
What’s special about California native plants? They are adapted to our soil and climate and are easy to care for. Many of our native plants are naturally water-wise and drought tolerant. They support a wide variety of wildlife that has co-evolved with them, and their distinctive look and elegant beauty gives your garden a sense of place that is uniquely Californian.
For all these reasons, the California legislature has declared the third week of April to be California Native Plant Week. This drought year is a perfect time to replace or reduce the lawn and introduce native plants to your garden. Learn how at select gardens with talks/demonstrations.