Native Plant Sale Extravaganza

Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, 2014 ~ 10:00–5:00

Once again, as part of the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, a number of native plant nurseries will be open on either or both Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, 2014 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 two-day shopping opportunity 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. Saturday shoppers will have time to visit more showcase native plant gardens on Sunday, May 4, during the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour. 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, May 3, 2014 from 10:00–5:00

  • Alameda – Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda, (510) 755- 1102.  View the list of plants for sale here.
  • Berkeley - Native Here Nursery, 101 Golf Course Dr., Tilden Park (across from the Golf Course) Berkeley, (510) 549-0211. Garden Talk: 10:30-12:00 “Lose your lawn the Bay-Friendly Way.” Learn how to remove your lawn without tearing it out! This free how-to talk will provide design and plant selection advice, and it will walk you through the process of converting your lawn without breaking your back or your wallet. There will be a hands-on demonstration of sheet mulching. Learn how you can participate in your local water agency’s water conservation rebate program. 12:00-1:00 Q and A with landscape professionals.   Music in the Garden: 12:00-3:00 The Possum Family Singers will sing and play original songs and Americana on guitars, banjo, cello, mandolin, bass guitar (and perhaps accordion!). 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). Garden Talk1:00 Blythe Adams, Western Clinical Herbalist, will give a talk on California native plants and their incredible medicinal healing powers. Native medicinal plants she will be teaching you how to use include elk clover, mugwort, elderberry, gum plant, nettles, yerba buena, silk tassle, and California poppy.
  • Concord – Markham Nature Park and Arboreteum, 1202 La Vista Ave., Concord. Garden Talk: 10:30 “Top 10 plants for a native plant garden” by Kelly Marshall of Kelly Marshall Garden Design.   Music in the Garden: 12:00-1:00  Michael Thelen will play guitar and sing songs from the 60’s and 70’s, such as the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, and John Denver.
  • Half Moon Bay – Yerba Buena Nursery has moved! 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.) Garden Talk: 11:00-12:00 “Greywater for your Garden” by Christina Bertea of Greywater Action. Learn about ways to to keep your garden green by reusing the water that goes down your tub, shower, or washing machine drain.  There will be a particular focus on the Laundry to Landscape system, which doesn’t require a permit if guidelines are followed.  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 the directions below; Internet mapping sites will give you wrong directions! Take I-80 east toward Sacramento. Exit 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. All of the plants at the Watershed Nursery will be marked down 10% on both Saturday and Sunday, May  3 and 4.  Garden Talk: 12:00-1:00 Join Claire Brown for an informal discussion on “Planting a Native Medicinal Garden: the medicinal properties of California native plants.” View the Watershed Nursery’s plant list here.

Nurseries selling on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 10:00–5:00

  • Alameda – Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda, (510) 755- 1102. View the list of plants for sale here.
  • 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 The nursery is located at 702 Channing Way, Berkeley (at Channing and Fourth Street, across from Vik’s Chaat Corner). Garden Talk:  3:00 “Traditional Uses of Bay Area Native Plants for Basketry and Cordage” by Charles Kennard. Charles will show a variety of baskets and cordage samples that he has made, and some of the plants used in their construction. Charles  is a long-time basket weaver and student of central California Indian and European techniques. He has taught at the U.C. Botanical Garden, the Botanical Garden in Tilden Park, and in many schools and at teacher trainings. You can visit a basketry plant garden he has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross.
  • 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 – 4.
  • OaklandCentral Coast Wilds will sell native plants at the home of Carol Baird and Alan Harper, at 511 Florence Ave., Oakland. (Directions are in the garden guide.)
  • Oakland - Native plants will be available in exchange for donations at the home of Judy Schwartz and Rod Miller, at 5170 Parkridge Dr., Oakland. (Directions are in the garden guide.)
  • RichmondAnnie’s Annuals and Perennials, 740 Market Ave. Richmond, (510) 215-1671  Please use the directions below; Internet mapping siteswill give you wrong directions! 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. All of the plants at the Watershed Nursery will be marked down 10% on both Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4. 12:00-1:00 Alaina Lipp will host a presentation on the “History of Edible Native Plants and Trees” on Sunday, May 4th. 1:00-4:00 Iko Yaya will perform New Orleans-based R & B, blues, and other danceable tunes. View the Watershed Nursery’s Plant List here.
  • San Lorenzo – San Lorenzo High School, 50E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. 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.  11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 “Gardening for birds” and  12:00 and 4:00 “Ten native plants needed to create a Native American school garden and curriculum—includes handouts!” by Steve Wiley 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.

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