The array of gardens on the Going Native Garden Tour ranges from established collector's gardens to those that are newly installed, and from acre lots to townhome gardens. A few gardens will contain mostly local native plants, others the horticulturally available suite of natives from throughout California, and the rest a mixture of natives and Mediterranean plants. Some gardens have been designed and installed by owners, the others by professionals.
What's special about California native plants? They are adapted to our soil and climate, and are easy to care for. A large number of native plants are naturally drought tolerant. They are unmatched in habitat value, attracting native birds, butterflies, and other forms of wildlife. And, as the gardens on the tour show, California native plants are beautiful; the gardens on the tour display a sense of place that is uniquely Californian.
Gardens on this tour were selected because they:
Tour volunteers must:
You can be a Greeter or a Docent:
Greeters welcome guests and make sure that they sign in. They direct the flow of traffic into the garden. They encourage guests to add comments to the sign-in sheet.
Docents (after orientation) help answer questions about the homeowner's garden.
All Volunteers will receive an E-mail package that includes details about the agreed-upon garden assignment, a host gardener plant list, and other related materials.
To volunteer for the 2017 Tour, please complete the form below.
CREDITS: Special thanks to Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour and Kathy Kramer for assistance with tour planning and permission to adapt their materials.