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Building the Bay Model Pollinator Garden

The beautiful cycle of natural connections between native plants and native pollinators is the focus of this garden. A variety of perennials and shrubs that bloom throughout the seasons offer sustenance for a diversity of pollinators; each section of the garden focuses on some of the plants favored by a specific type of pollinator.  This slideshow describes the building of this garden at the Bay Model in Sausalito in 2018-19.

How To

Native Gardening How-To Sheets to Download or Print



Drought smGardening During Drought

Native plants are adapted to our summer-dry climate, and they make a particularly good choice when water is in short supply.



planting in spring 2018Planting Natives in Spring

Care of new plants purchased and planted in the spring, when the rainy season is winding down



planting in fall 2018Planting Natives in Fall   

Care of new plants purchased and planted in the fall, ahead of rainy season



Sowing wildflowers 2018Sowing wildflower mix

Instructions for planting wildflower seed mix over a large area



  best bee plants 2018Best Plants for Bees

 A listing of the native plants attractive to native bees and which species will visit your flowers. From the Urban Bee Lab, Berkeley




butterfly host plants 2018Butterfly Larval Host plants

What to plant to attract specific species of butterflies to your garden




Butterfly Nectar Plants

Butterfly Nectar plants

How to provide nectar resources for adult butterflies



our native pollinators 2018Our Native Pollinators

How to differentiate the most common bees, flies and bugs that are likely to pollinate your garden



deer country 2018Gardening in Deer Country

Notes on which plants are least tempting to deer and some tips on protecting your plants until they are established



chaparral list 2018Chaparral plant list

Chaparral plants thrive on open slopes with full sun, low water and fast-draining, gravelly soil



grassland list 2018Grasslands plant List

Grasslands mix perennial bunchgrasses with bulbs and annual wildflowers that die back as the dry season occurs



under oaks list 2018Plant list for Under Oaks

Oaks should not be watered in summer and these plants will thrive under those conditions as well



riparian list 2018Riparian plant list

Riparian plants grow in damp, streamside conditions, and usually will tolerate some degree of shade and water immersion



 shady slopesNative Plants for Shady Slopes

Landscaping a north facing or shady slope can be problematic for a number of reasons.



sunny slopesNative Plants for Sunny Slopes

Many of California’s native plants are ideal for sunny slopes.



Plants for salt water

Plant List for Saltwater

Plants that will tolerate saltwater or brackish water



 Planting Milkweed 2018Planting Milkweeds

Tips on germinating milkweed plants from seed




salvia from seed 2018

Salvia from Seed

Tips for imitating the fire-adapted strategies that assist germination of salvias from seed



Planting bulbs

Planting Native Bulbs

Tips for fall planting of native bulbs



Care of Bulbs 2018Care of Bulbs

Notes on handling and care of native bulbs through summer dormancy for fall planting



what not to plant 2018What Not to Plant

Invasive, non-native plants that should not be in your garden and suggested ideas for replacing them if they are

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Coastal Native Habitat Garden

This coastal native habitat garden in West Marin features a native hedgerow with lots of manzanitas and other native shrubs and perennial bordens packed with native plants to provide habitat for beneficial insects, birds and butterflies.

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Creating Community. A Mostly Native Garden in Point Reyes Station

This is a recently planted native garden in West Marin that is fully exposed to sun and wind.  Significan positive interaction with neighbors as the garden evolved made this garden a community builder.

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A Southern Marin Native Plant Garden

Photo gallery of a Southern Marin native garden featuring plants native to Marin County

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An Oak Woodland Garden in Novato

Gardening Resources

Display Gardens Featuring California Native Plants

The Bay Area has several public gardens that display California native plants.  Here is information on their location, hours and admission policies. 

Gardening Resources

Websites for Native Plant Gardening

Here are some useful websites for native plant gardeners in the Bay Area.  Today, there is no need to go from nursery to nursery looking for a particular plant.  Plant inventories for most native plant nurseries are now online.  The web is also a good source of horticultural advice and information about what native plants are adapted to particular conditions and plant communities. 

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Marin CNPS Native Plant Demo Garden at Green Point

In 2012, the Marin Chapter of CNPS created a native plant demonstration garden at Green Point Nursery.  This slide show takes you through the process of creating this garden. (Note that this demonstration garden no longer exists since the Chapter no longer has the use of space at Green Point Nursery.)

Slide19aThe finished demonstration garden filled in quicklyThis The garden had to be created from scratch on bare flat ground.  To create aesthetic interest and better drainage, a berm was constructed to which large rocks were added.  Although most home gardens will use existing soil and terrain rather than a newly constructed berm, the planning steps and construction sequence that we used for this demonstration garden are similar to those used in creating a home garden.

Gardening Resources

Native Plant Nurseries

Many local nurseries carry some California native plants. The nurseries listed here are ones that specialize in California native plants.  Most have online plant inventories on their websites.  Because online inventories may not fully reflect current stock available, we suggest that before making a trip to buy a plant based on plant inventory on a nursery’s website, you make a call to confirm that the nursery still has the plants you want.