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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 2010:

April 10&11 : Los Angeles Basin
April 17 : El Dorado County
April 17 : Palos Verdes Peninsula (South Coast)
April 18 : Santa Clara and San Mateo County
April 25 : San Francisco
April 25 : Alameda County
May 2 : East Bay Cities
May 8 : Orange County
May 15 : Redding

Northern California

Spring 2010 Native Garden Tours

First Going Native Garden Tour
Western and Central El Dorado County, from El Dorado Hills to Pollock Pines
Organized by the Sierra Nevada Yard and Garden Program on Native Plant and Garden-wise Gardening, El Dorado Chapter of CNPS
Saturday April 17th 2010 : 10am - 4pm

Going Native Garden Tour
A free tour of native gardens in Santa Clara Valley & Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area
Sunday, April 18, 2010 : 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.

Bay-Friendly Garden Tour
A free self-guided tour of over 30 bay-friendly gardens in Alameda County, not all native plants
Sunday, April 25, 2010 : 10am 4pm
Pre-registration required before April 15th at website

Native Plant Garden Tour
A free, self-guided tour in San Francisco, sponsored by the Yerba Buena Chapter of CNPS
Sunday April 25th, 2010: 11am to 3pm
No pre-registration required, just download the printable map and go.

Bring Back the Natives Garden Tour
A self-guided free tour of 50 gardens in the East Bay
Sunday, May 2, 2010: 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 May 1st
Volunteer opportunities for this tour available at the same website

Redding Garden Tour
Organized by the Shasta Chapter of CNPS
Saturday May 15th 2010 : 10am - 4pm
Cost TBD

Southern California

Spring 2010 Native Garden Tours

Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
Visit fabulous native plant gardens from the San Fernando Valley to the mid-Wilshire district to Santa Monica to Torrance.
Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11, 2010
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Details to come--cost was $20 in 2009

South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula
16th Annual Spring Garden Tour organized by CNPS South Coast Chapter
Saturday April 17th 2010: Either 9am or 1pm
Tickets $20 members, $25 non-members - Available after March 1st 2010

Spring Garden Tour organized by the Orange County CNPS chapter
Saturday May 8th 2010
Free - details to come

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