Category: In the Garden
Why Garden with Natives: Beauty and Biodiversity
You can have it all with California native plants in the garden. Whether your interest is habitat gardening for birds, butterflies and other pollinators, or creating a beautiful garden that uses less water and doesn’t need pesticides and lots of fertilizer, gardening with California native plants is the way to go.
Nursery and Plant Sales You will find a good selection of California native plants for Marin gardens at the Marin Chapter’s Plant Sales. These are held several times a year at the nonprofit Home Ground Nursery in Novato, where the Marin Chapter of CNPS has collaborated in creating a native plant demonstration garden. Most plants sold at plant sales are propagated by volunteers. Volunteering at the nursery or for a plant sale is a great way to learn more about native plants for the garden.
Native Garden Photo Gallery See for yourself the beauty of gardens that use California native plants in a variety of settings.
How To In many ways gardening with natives is simpler than gardening with exotics that often come from far distant places. For example, soil amendments and fertilizer play a much smaller role in gardening with natives. But selecting the appropriate native plant for a particular garden spot and following certain gardening techniques and practices can maximize gardening success. Here are tips to make your native garden experience more satisfying.
School Garden Program In cooperation with Home Ground Nursery we provide assistance to schools in creating native plant gardens. What better way to create an appreciation for native plants as they bring birds, butterflies, and other pollinators into a child’s educational experience.
- Native Plant Nurseries: It’s true you can’t just go to a big box store and expect to find native plants. But a growing number of nurseries in the Bay Area specialize in or carry California native plants.
- Internet Resources: Links to the native gardening resources on the web or by email; for example, websites to help you select plants and find them in local nurseries and email groups devoted to native plant gardening.
- Gardening Books: A profusion of books devoted to gardening with California natives has accompanied the growing popularity of native gardening.
- Botanical and Display Gardens: A number of public gardens and garden tours feature native gardens.
Use the links at right to learn more about these categories.
By Laura Lovett, Gardening with Natives Committee Chair
Fall CNPS Plant Sale
Fall CNPS Plant Sale: Planting Time is Almost Here!
The Marin chapter is pleased to offer a 5-day online plant sale this fall.
Drought and Native Trees
by Drew Zart
by Stacey Pogorzelski
The yard conversion of a multi-generational family home came with many challenges. The removal of a pool and old deck freed space for edibles and native bunchgrasses near the house.Pool
Native Plants for Shady Slopes
Biodiversity Needs You
Biodiversity Needs You
By Laura Lovett and Rachael L. Olliff-Yang
Here are some ways you can increase your garden’s diversity, extend flowering time, and help pollinators thrive in your home garden.
By Charlotte Torgovitsky
Early in the rainy season is when many of our native plants come alive again – and what a wondrous thing that is!
Borrow a Weed Wrench to Help Create Fire-Smart Landscaping
by Eva Buxton
: One Step Toward Adapting to Fire
by Laura Lovett