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Native Here Nursery

As we start the new year we continue to thank our loyal customers who have been so steadfast in purchasing plants through the years. Customers made Fall 2017 a great time for the nursery, coming to our monthly special sales events for manzanitas, ferns, riparian plants, and trees. Many favorable comments were received about our speaker series that introduced each of the special events. These special events will continue in 2018, with our Grasslands Day on January 20 and Trillium and Other Treasures on February 24.

The speaker for Grasslands Day will be Jim Hanson, a Bay Area landscape architect, past president of the California Native Grasslands Association, and chair of the Conservation Committee of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. This promises to be an engaging day at the nursery. For details of this event and for others in the series, please see the nursery website at www.nativeherenursery.org, which also contains mid-month updates of our plant inventory.

Volunteers are the key to the continued success of the nursery. We have an active team of experienced and permitted seed collectors who provide so much of the initial seed inventory, and, at the nursery, a dedicated core of volunteers who work one or more of our open days, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays to provide customer support, propagation, grooming, watering and nursery maintenance, as well as any of the many last minute needs it takes to keep things going. Our student volunteers generously represent far off lands and provide a special international flavor to the nursery. If working with plants intrigues you, and if you would like to be with other wonderful volunteers, please consider dropping by during our open hours on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and sign up to volunteer or contact our volunteer coordinator Ruth Ann Pearsons rapearsons1@mac.com.

John Danielsen
Native Here Nursery

Native Here Nursery, Fall and Winter
2017-2018 Special Event Saturdays

Native Here Nursery Grasslands Day- January 20 

“Have you been thinking about getting more color and diversity in your garden or losing a lawn for an informal grassland?”  Now is a great time to do so.  Grass species, and other grass like plants and many wildflowers—perennials, bulb forming plants and annuals need to be planted now for spring flowering.  Come and learn about these plants and participate in the plant sale at Native Here Nursery. 

Look for the largest selection of local native grasses (Poaceae), grasslike plants, and many wildflowers- perennials, bulb-forming plants (including Calochortus spp., Allium spp., Brodiaea spp., Triteleia spp. and more) as well as wonderful diversity of annuals (Clarkia spp., and many Asteraceae).

Jim Hanson will talk at 11 am about our local native grasslands and the many and diverse local native plants that can be found in them.  Jim is a landscape architect and conservation activist, who has served as president of the California Native Grasslands Association and is currently the chair of the Conservation Committee of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.  Jim received the Excelsior award from the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association.

Come and bring your lunch to enjoy while listening to Jim’s talk, then continue shopping for plants.

If you are not looking for grasslands plants, we will be offering over 200 species of other local native plants for your delight, including a selection of manzanitas, ferns, trees, and riparian plants featured during our previous Special Events as well as some 15 gallon specimen plants.

Plant sales continue throughout the year on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

For more information and updates check our online plant inventory the week before the sale at:
Native Here Nursery
101 Golf Course Drive
Tilden Park, Berkeley, 94708


February 24, 10 am to 2 pm
Native Here Nursery Trillium Time


Bristly goldenaster (Heterotheca sessoliflora ssp. echioides.  Fossil Hill Trail, Fossil Hill, Walnut Creek. Photo by Delia Taylor.
Fern croziers.  Photo by Delia Taylor.
Lupinus seedlings. Photo by Delia Taylor.
Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia). Photo by Delia Taylor.
Vine maple (Acer circinatum) with California fuchsia (Epilobium canum}. Photo by Delia Taylor.
California buckeye (Aesculus californica). Photo by Delia Taylor.

All of the above photos by Delia Taylor except the one taken on Fossil Hill in Walnut Creek are of plants from Native Here Nursery growing in a Berkeley garden.



Blooming—Showy milkweed (Ascelpias speciosa), Ithuriel’s spear (Triteleia laxa), naked buckwheat (Eriogonum nudum), gumplant (Grindelia sp.), Acmispon sp.
Other plants:  black sage (Salvia mellifera),California goldenrod  (Solidago velutina ssp. californica) in Berkeley parking strip . Photo by Delia Taylor.

Seep monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus)).  Photo by Delia Taylor.

Hairy honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula). Photo by Delia Taylor.

From time to time I shall suggest a page for the reader to check out, for no other reason than that I have enjoyed it and suspect that others will also. I would like to recommend Easy Hikes, a selection of do-it-yourself field trips chosen and described by Bill Hunt, a photographer and hiker who has long been active in our Chapter as well as state CNPS in positions of leadership.

Check out the Easy hikes page.

For questions and comments email the webmaster, Joe Willingham, at webmaster@ebcnps.org.