California Native Plant Garden Tours

Most native garden tours happen in the Spring. Check out the dates of upcoming Spring tours and put them on your calendar early, so you don't miss them. Some of these tours require pre-registration, so watch out for that. Some of these tours are also accompanied by plant sales and talks.



Armeria maritima or Sea pink grows between flagstones and moss in a Palo Alto garden

Native Garden Tour Summary for 2011:

April 2 : Palos Verdes Peninsula (South Coast)
April 9&10 : Los Angeles Basin
April 10 : San Francisco
April 17 : Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
May 1 : East Bay Cities
May 15 : Alameda County
June 12 : Santa Cruz

Northern California

Spring 2011 Native Garden Tours

Native Plant Garden Tour
A free, self-guided tour in San Francisco, sponsored by the Yerba Buena Chapter of CNPS
Sunday April 10th, 2011: 11am to 3pm
No pre-registration required, just download the 2011 printable map when it is available, and go.

Going Native Garden Tour
A free tour of native gardens in Santa Clara Valley & Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area
Sunday, April 17, 2011 : 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pre-registration required at their website
Native plant nurseries sale at various gardens
To volunteer for this tour, click here.

Bring Back the Natives Garden Tour
A self-guided free tour of 50 gardens in the East Bay
Sunday, May 1, 2011: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pre-registration required at their website
Although the tour is free, to help defray the cost of the tour, they would appreciate a $10 donation if possible.
Native plant nurseries sale at various gardens and on Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st

Bay-Friendly Garden Tour
A free self-guided tour of over 30 bay-friendly gardens in Alameda County, not all native plants
Sunday, May 15, 2011 : 10am – 4pm
Pre-registration required before May 6th at their website. Guides cost $10 and space is limited.

California Native Garden Tour
A tour of private sustainable native gardens in Santa Cruz County
Sunday, June 12, 2011 : 10am – 5pm
Pre-registration required for this free and self-guided tour on their website.

Southern California

Spring 2011 Native Garden Tours

South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula
17th Annual Spring Garden Tour organized by CNPS South Coast Chapter
Saturday April 2nd 2011: Either 9am or 1pm
Featuring Three Gardens in the Rural Portuguese Bend Area of Palos Verdes Donation: $20 members, $25 non-membersCall 310-629-0500 for reservations

Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
Tickets are on sale now. Tour over 30 fabulous home gardens with a sense of place - gardens that celebrate the nature of Southern California
Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 2011
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost is $20 for this self-guided tour

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