Saturday, December 16, 2023 — 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
From Kathy Kramer, organizer of the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
Click here to see this information on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour website.
Shop for native plants and garden art at these fundraisers for the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour on Saturday Dec. 16 from 10:00-4:00.
Oakland – East Bay Wilds is located at 2777 Foothill Blvd., Oakland; note that the entrance is on 28th Ave. This nursery is normally only open to the public on Fridays, so don’t miss this chance to shop on a weekend! Owner Pete Veilleux grows more than five hundred kinds of natives that are particularly beautiful, reliable, and hard to find; he specializes in manzanitas, California lilacs, and natives that do well in pots. Ask about natives useful for specific landscape problem areas.While at East Bay Wilds, browse Pete’s extensive, eclectic collection of garden benches, tables, chairs, statues, planters, antiques, and tchotchkes available at great prices – a percentage of these purchases will also go to support the Tour. See the plant list here and see photos of gardens that Pete has designed and planted with natives here. (If you are interested in a consult, design, installation or maintenance for a California native landscape, email Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 409-5858.
- 12:00: “How to choose and care for manzanitas” by Pete Veilleux, owner of East Bay Wilds
- 2:30-4:00: Seed Giveaway: Jennifer Dirking (creator of those amazing Keystone Species signs) will have native gardening information and free packets of Larner Seeds Pollinator Wildflower Mix, while supplies last.
Richmond –The Watershed Nursery, 601 A Canal Blvd. Richmond, (510) 234-2222. The Watershed Nursery, located in Point Richmond, offers hundreds of species of California native plants, and is dedicated to improving habitat from your backyard to the Bay. Use the nursery’s Plant Finder to match plants to your garden conditions, or ask their expert staff for help with choosing plants to suit your specific goals. You can see the list of available plants here.
Or shop online
- Order online from Green Thumb Works on either Saturday or Sunday Dec. 16 & 17, and a percentage of your purchase will go to support the Tour.Save water, lower maintenance, invite birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects to your garden, support local ecology, and reflect the natural splendor for which California is known by gardening with California native plants from Green Thumb Works: browse Green Thumb’s online list of available plants here.