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Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: A Potpourri of Inspirational Native Plant Gardens

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Registration for the free, virtual Seventeenth Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, which will take place on Sundays April 25 and May 2, 16, and 23, 2021 from 10:00 to 3:00, is now open.  This award-winning tour will be kicked off with a presentation by the inspirational, best-selling author Doug Tallamy, feature twenty-five beautiful native plant gardens with Q and A conversations with hosts, “Ask the Experts” opportunities, and more.

In addition, join garden tour host Kathy Kramer and clean energy expert Amy Kiser at a companion event: the first annual virtual Green Home Tour, which will take place on Sundays June 6 and 13 from 10:00 to 2:00.  Learn how you can save money and time, and protect your health while combating climate change by ditching natural gas, generating clean electricity from your own home, and installing energy-efficient (and health-protecting) induction stoves and heat pumps.  A potpourri of other “green home” features will be discussed.  Get recommendations for contractors and appliances, learn about costs, savings, rebates, benefits and more. Register here.


May 16 schedule

A Potpourri of Inspirational Native Plant Gardens (check back for details)

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome with Tour Coordinator Kathy Kramer. Details on the day’s schedule.

10:10 – 10:40 Al Kyte’s garden, Moraga: “The dry beauty at summer’s end” by Al Kyte

10:40 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:30 Wendy Tokuda’s garden, Oakland

11:30 – 12:00 Eugene Shabelyanau and Danny Galindo’s garden, Castro Valley: “Showcasing the early bloomer: California lilacs and manzanitas, currants, wildflowers” by Eugene Shabelyanau and Danny Galindo

12:00 – 12:30 “Upright manzanitas:  Beautiful, evergreen, low maintenance and water-conserving” by Pete Veilleux, East Bay Wilds

12:30 – 1:00 Edible native plants for the home garden” by Rick Flores, U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum

1:00 – 1:30 Ed Ellebracht’s garden, Fremont

1:30 – 2:00 Susan and Bill Teefy’s garden, Castro Valley

2:00 – 2:30 Cindy Simons’ garden, Castro Valley

2:30 – 3:00 Jamie Marantz’ garden, Oakland: ” Flatlands makeover: conquering concrete, and creating places for pollinators, people and Paloma (the dog)” by Jamie Marantz



May 16
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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