Native Plant Sales

  • Please join us at the Native Plant Sale Extravaganza, which will take place on the Tour Weekend, April 30 and May 1, 2016

A portion of the proceeds from this sale go to support the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

Native Plant Sale Extravaganza on Tour Weekend
April 30 and May 1

On the weekend of the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, once again, a number of native plant nurseries will be open on either or both Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 10:00–5:00. Take advantage of this opportunity to shop for unique or hard-to-find native plants that are not normally available in most nurseries.

This shopping extravaganzas will offer native plant fans a good selection of native plants and provide a more relaxed and less crowded shopping experience than one normally finds at native plant sales. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help shoppers select the right plants for their gardens. You do not have to register for the Tour in order to shop at these nurseries. Directions to nurseries can be found below, or use Google maps. (Note that Google and Yahoo directions are not correct for Annie’s Annuals and Perennials; use the directions below.)

For information on how to successfully plant natives, please see Yerba Buena Nursery’s excellent Transplant Guide.

Nurseries selling on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00–5:00

  • Alameda – Ploughshares Nursery,  2701 Main Street, Alameda.

    Garden Talk: 12:00 Join Ploughshares’ nursery manager Jeff Bridge for an in-depth exploration of five native plants, including an explanation of their role as habitat plants; where they occur in the natural environment; their use by native peoples; and how to best care for them in the home garden. The five native plants for your consideration are hummingbird sage, white sage, buckeye, basket grass, and yerba buena.  

  • Berkeley - Native Here Nursery, 101 Golf Course Dr., Tilden Park (across from the Golf Course) Berkeley, (510) 549-0211. Native Here is in located the Berkeley hills just north of Hwy. 24.
    From Hwy. 24 heading west take the Fish Ranch Rd. exit east of the Caldecott Tunnel, drive uphill, and turn right at Grizzly Peak Blvd. Turn east at Golf Course Dr. by the sign to the Tilden Park golf course, and go a half mile down, then turn left to enter the parking area.  From Berkeley, turn east at Shasta Rd. to enter the East Bay Regional Park. Turn right at Golf Course Dr. (at the corner of the golf course). Continue about .5 miles. Turn right at the Golf Course sign and continue about a mile. Look for the wooden sign for the nursery on your right. Native Here now accepts credit and debit cards.
  • Berkeley – Oaktown Native Plant Nursery,  702 Channing Way, Berkeley (at Channing and Fourth Street, across from Vik’s Chaat Corner). Oaktown’s native plant list is here.

  • Concord – Markham Nature Park and Arboreteum, 1202 La Vista Ave., Concord. Come early for the best selection of native forbs, ornamental grasses, shrubs, perennials, and annuals.  
    Garden Talk: 10:00-11:00 “Try your hand at making string using dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum), a local native plant.” Black Diamond EBRPD naturalist Eddie Willis will demonstrate how Native Americans have been using dogbane for generations to make everything from rope to fishing nets. The end result can be very finely textured and even suitable for jewelry. 
  • Half Moon Bay – Yerba Buena Nursery is no longer in Woodside. The nursery is now located at 12511 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy. 92) at Pastorino Farms, in Half Moon Bay.
  • Oakland - East Bay Wilds, 2777 Foothill Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601 (the entrance is on 28th Ave.) See East Bay Wilds’ plant list here. View Flicker photos of the East Bay Wild’s nursery here.
  • RichmondAnnie’s Annuals and Perennials, 740 Market Ave. Richmond, (510) 215-1671  Please use these directions; internet mapping sites will give you wrong directions. Coming from the south, take I-80 east toward Sacramento. Exit at San Pablo Dam Rd. (two exits past San Pablo Ave.) and make a left at the light. Turn right at the 3rd light onto San Pablo Ave. Turn left at Church Lane, which turns into Market Ave. Go approximately 1.5 miles (through 2 lights – 23rd St. and Rumrill) and over 2 railroad tracks. “Annie’s” is on the left a few feet past the second set of tracks, where you will see the “Annie’s” sign and large green fence. You will not see an address.
  • Richmond -The Watershed Nursery, 601 A Canal Blvd. Richmond, (510) 234-2222.  
    View the Watershed Nursery’s plant list here.
  • San Leandro - Green Thumb Works will sell native plants at 16276 E. 14th Street, San Leandro (corner of 163rd and E. 14th Street, at the Dig Deep Farms greenhouse on the Pacific Apparel lot). (510) 502-0992.
    Garden Talk: 2:00 “Native Plants Attract Beneficial Insects: Meet the assassins, pirates, and soldiers of the insect world and learn how they benefit gardens and urban farms!” Handouts and seeds will be given to attendees. By Sandra Nevala-Lee. Come shop for California native perennials that provide habitat for wildlife, and gain some water-wise planting advice while you’re here.

Nurseries selling on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 10:00–5:00

  • Alameda – Ploughshares Nursery,  2701 Main Street, Alameda.

    Garden Talk: 12:00 “Join Ploughshares’ nursery manager Jeff Bridge for an in-depth exploration of five native plants, including an explanation of their role as habitat plants; where they occur in the natural environment; their use by native peoples; and how to best care for them in the home garden. The five native plants for your consideration are hummingbird sage, white sage, buckeye, basket grass, and yerba buena.  

  • Alameda – East Bay Wilds will sell native plants at the Williams Family Garden at 1117 Morton St., Alameda.
    Garden Talks:
    11:00 and 2:00 “Choosing and caring for the right manzanitas, California lilacs, and sages for your garden” by Pete Veilleux
    Many varieties of the plants featured in the talks—manzanitas, California lilacs, and sages—will be available for viewing and purchase.
  • Berkeley – Native Here Nursery, 101 Golf Course Dr., Tilden Park (across from the Golf Course) Berkeley, (510) 549-0211. Native Here is in located the Berkeley hills just north of Hwy. 24.
    From Hwy. 24 heading west take the Fish Ranch Rd. exit east of the Caldecott Tunnel, drive uphill, and turn right at Grizzly Peak Blvd. Turn east at Golf Course Dr. by the sign to the Tilden Park golf course, and go a half mile down, then turn left to enter the parking area.  From Berkeley, turn east at Shasta Rd. to enter the East Bay Regional Park. Turn right at Golf Course Dr. (at the corner of the golf course). Continue about .5 miles. Turn right at the Golf Course sign and continue about a mile. Look for the wooden sign for the nursery on your right. Native Here now accepts credit and debit cards.
  • Berkeley- Oaktown Native Plant Nursery will sell native plants at the home of Mardi and Jeff Mertens, 990 Overlook Road, Berkeley.
  • Berkeley – Oaktown Native Plant Nursery will also sell plants directly from its nursery, which is located at 702 Channing Way, Berkeley (at Channing and Fourth Street, across from Vik’s Chaat Corner). Oaktown’s native plant list is here.

    Garden Talk:
    3:00-4:30 “Cordage-Making Materials and Techniques with Charlie Kennard
    String and rope are made from various parts of many native plants, imparting their distinctive appearances, fragrances, and strengths. We will learn about the different types of fibers, and practice twining with dogbane and tule to make cordage. Never be at the end of your rope again! Bring a pocket knife if you want to give it a try.

  • Concord - Markham Nature Park and Arboreteum will sell native plants at 1202 La Vista Avenue, Concord.
  • Half Moon BayYerba Buena Nursery has moved! The nursery is now located at 12511 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy 92) at Pastorino Farms, in Half Moon Bay. Open on Sunday from 12:00-4:00.
  • Oakland- Lost Valley Nursery will sell a variety of native perennials, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers at the home of Carol Baird and Alan Harper at 5170 Parkridge Drive, Oakland.
  • Pleasanton- Middlebrook Gardens will sell a variety of of native plants suitable for Pleasanton’s hot, dry summers. at the home of Ward and Pat Belding at 7703 Highland Oaks Dr, Pleasanton.
  • RichmondAnnie’s Annuals and Perennials, 740 Market Ave. Richmond, (510) 215-1671  Please use the directions below; internet mapping siteswill give you wrong directions! Coming from the south, take I-80 east toward Sacramento. Exit at San Pablo Dam Rd. (two exits past San Pablo Ave.) and make a left at the light. Turn right at the 3rd light onto San Pablo Ave. Turn Left at Church Lane, which  turns into Market Ave. Go approx. 1.5 miles (through 2 lights – 23rd St. and Rumrill) and over 2 railroad tracks. “Annie’s” is on the left a few feet past the second set of tracks, where you will see the “Annie’s” sign and large green fence. You will not see an address.
  • Richmond – The Watershed Nursery, 601A Canal Blvd. Richmond, (510) 234-2222. 12:00-1:00 View the Watershed Nursery’s Plant List here.
  • San LorenzoSan Lorenzo High School, 50E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. More than fifty species of native plants, including wildflowers, purple haze asters, monkeyflowers, native grapes, goldenrod, snowberry, virgin’s bower, and the deliciously-scented yerba buena and hummingbird sage, will be available in exchange for donations.  Cash and checks only.

    Make this your lunchtime stop! Delicious Mexican food will available for purchase from 11:00–3:00.

    Garden Talk:
    11:00 “How to replace your lawn with natives the cheap and easy way—includes handouts and poppy seed give-aways” by Sandra Nevala-Lee of Green Thumb Works and Steve Wiley

    12:00 “Attracting bees and butterflies to your garden with native plants” Sharon Horgan

    1:00 “Ten native plants needed to create a Native American school garden and curriculum—includes handouts” by Steve Wiley

    2:30 “How to attract pollinators to your garden” by May Chen


    Directions to San Lorenzo High School: Coming from the north on I-580 take exit 32 for 150th Ave. toward Fairmont Dr., turn right onto Fairmont and go .4 miles.  Turn left onto E. 14th St. and continue .5 miles.  Turn right onto Ashland Ave.; the parking lot is on the right.    Coming from the south on I-880 take exit 30 for Hesperian Blvd.  Take the 1st right onto Lewelling Blvd. and go .6 miles.  The school is on the left. Pass the front of the school and turn left onto Ashland Ave.  Go 50 yards and turn left into the parking lot.  Parking There are two parking lots, one in front of the school on Lewelling Blvd. and another on Ashland Ave.  Park in the Ashland Ave. parking lot, which is adjacent to the native plant garden. Parking: There are two parking lots, one in front of the school on Lewelling Blvd., and another on Ashland Ave. Park in the Ashland Ave. parking lot, which is adjacent to the native plant garden.

The speakers are all volunteers.  Please be courteous, and remember to thank them!