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February 2019

Fifteenth Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

February 23
Bay area, various locations, 2777 Foothill Blvd
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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$10 – $35

This award-winning tour features thirty five Alameda and Contra Costa county gardens that are pesticide-free, water conserving, provide habitat for wildlife, and contain 60% or more native plants.  “Art and Music in the Gardens” is the theme: on the day of the Tour Artwork will be available for sale at select gardens. Jazz, acoustic guitar, and sitar will be performed, and children's activities will be offered, at various gardens. This self-drive tour showcases a variety of gardens, from large wooded lots in…

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March 2019

Planting California Natives — What, Where, When, and How

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Davis, Pierce Ranch Rd
Davis, CA 95616 United States
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$45

This workshop is taught in Patricia’s secluded 1-acre wild escape on a slough located west of Davis  Spring plant sales will be starting soon and this is an opportunity to view a 15-year-old native garden that now features more than 300 species and cultivars of California native plants.   Participants will gather many ideas for planting.  This garden is especially useful to illustrate plants growing in a variety of microclimates.  After instruction, demonstrations and with lots of guidance, we will all…

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Trione-Annadel State Park Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

March 21 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Parktrail Drive & Comfrey Place, Santa Rosa, Parktrail Drive & Comfrey Place
Santa Rosa, CA 95405 United States
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Meet by 9 a.m. at Parktrail Drive & Comfrey Place, Santa Rosa, ~ ½ mile east of Summerfield Rd. – N end of Vietnam Veterans Trail. This trip will focus on rare plant monitoring and mapping; all attending will have the opportunity to participate.   Our long walk will take us to several sub-populations of Fritillaria liliacea (fragrant fritillary) in the northwestern part of Trione-Annadel State Park.  Expect up to 7 miles at a moderate pace, with lengthy stops to find, count, map, and document the plants and their…

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A Primer on Sedges

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Humboldt State University, 1 Harpst St
Arcata, CA 95521 United States
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$120 – $150

This is an intensive introductory/intermediate course on sedge identification and keying with an emphasis on species occurring in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The workshop starts with an introductory review of sedge taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, and essential sedge keying terminology and morphology. The rest of the day will be guided dissection and keying of specimens in the laboratory using a microscope and the Jepson Manual 2nd Edition. Keying will be punctuated with guidance and commentary on keying groups and species characteristics. Many specimens will…

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Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

March 24 @ 9:15 am - 2:00 pm
Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve, 908 Chanticleer Way
Healdsburg, CA 95448 United States
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Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve (owned and managed by City of Healdsburg) Leader: Kate Symonds (retired USFWS biologist) Sunday, March 24, 2019, 10 AM - 2 PM Fitch Mountain is a heavily forested "island" rising 991 feet in elevation with the Russian River wrapping around 3 sides of its base and the City of Healdsburg on the other side.  We’ll start our plant walk at the Villa Chanticleer parking area at 10 AM and we'll gradually make our…

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SO BE FREE 24

March 29 - April 1
San Luis Obispo CA United States + Google Map

The 24th annual Spring Outing Botanical Excursion Foray, Retreat, and Escape to the Environment (SO BE FREE) will take place in beautiful San Luis Obispo County. The main focus is on bryophytes, but the foray is open to all botanists, from beginner to expert. The foray destinations include some of the best wildflower sites in the state, rich in ephemerals, Bryaceae, and Pottiaceae. The weekend also include communal meals, evening slide shows, presentations, and keying sessions with microscopes. Register before…

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CNPS Garden Ambassador Seasonal Garden Visits – RSVP required

March 31 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Davis, Pierce Ranch Rd
Davis, CA 95616 United States
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Patricia Carpenter’s Seasonal Early Spring Ramble You are invited to enjoy Patricia’s native garden on a typical early spring day.  The garden, a secluded 1-acre wild escape on the slough, is located west of Davis.   Started in 2005, it now features more than 300 species and cultivars of California native plants.  Visit Patricia’s Garden Ambassador Profile (link here) to learn more about this garden, access a map, view a plant list, and take a virtual tour!   Highlights: Spring bloom begins,…

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April 2019

16th Annual Theodore Payne Native Garden Tour

April 6 - April 7
Los Angeles County CA United States + Google Map

A self-guided journey through more than 30 of the region’s most beautiful and inspiring private and public landscapes, including many new to the tour. The gardens are divided into two groups: one open Saturday, April 6, and a second open Sunday, April 7, 2018. Tour hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Tickets cover both days of the tour. Children under 16 do not require a ticket. Early bird tickets (purchased before 11:30 PM on March 23, 2019): Single tickets:…

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Fifteenth Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

April 20
Bay area, various locations, 2777 Foothill Blvd
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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$10 – $35

This award-winning tour features thirty five Alameda and Contra Costa county gardens that are pesticide-free, water conserving, provide habitat for wildlife, and contain 60% or more native plants.  “Art and Music in the Gardens” is the theme: on the day of the Tour Artwork will be available for sale at select gardens. Jazz, acoustic guitar, and sitar will be performed, and children's activities will be offered, at various gardens. This self-drive tour showcases a variety of gardens, from large wooded lots in…

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May 2019

Going Native Garden Tour 2019

Since 2003, the Bay Area's pioneering native garden tour has showcased gardens featuring California native plants. This community-based tour is free of charge to the public. Each tour features up to 60 gardens, most of them private home gardens, which are open on tour day in a do-it-yourself, open house format. The gardens on the tour demonstrate reduced water use, reduced chemical and pesticide use, improved habitat, and the unique aesthetic appeal of gardens designed with California native plants. Our…

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