Spring 2017 Native Plant Extravaganza

  • Please join us at the Native Plant Extravaganza*, which will take place on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 2017, from 10:00-5:00.

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

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 extravaganza 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 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.

* Please note that the “Native Plant Extravaganza” does not mean that any particular nursery is offering plants at a discounted price, but rather that a number of native plant nurseries are open and selling plants for extended hours as part of this event. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour.

Nurseries selling on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 10:00–5:00

  • 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.

    Talks in the Nursery:

    12:00 Native Garden Design Primer by Todd Gilens.

    3:00 “Dyeing with California Natives: Interested in dyeing with plants? What if you could use plants native to your area? We will discuss how to make dyes using California native plants and how to start planning your own dye garden. The basic concepts of natural dyeing will be covered and a resource list for learning more will be provided” by Maia Discoe.

  • Concord – Markham Nature Park and Arboreteum will sell native plants at 1202 La Vista Avenue, Concord. Come early for the best selection of native ornamental grasses, trees, shrubs, and perennials. The Arboretum has plants to satisfy the beginning gardener, as well as unusual plants to delight the plant collector. Proceeds of this plant sale support Markham Nature Park and Arboretum.
  • 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.
  • Talks in the Nursery:

    11:00-12:00 “Choose the right California native plants for your location and the rest is icing on the cake: starring manzanitas, California lilac, sages and buckwheats” by Pete Veilleux

    1:00-2:00 “My top 5 favorite new plants for the year” by Pete Veilleux.

  • 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 Offering hundreds of species of California native plants; located in Point Richmond.  You can see the list of available plants at the Watershed Nursery here.

    Talks in the Nursery:

    2:00-2:30 “Selecting California native plants for the garden” by Jessica Hadden

    California’s native palette offers an array of plants to suit a wide range of climates and soils. Come find out how to make your yard a verdant place for local pollinators and other friends!

    We’ll offer a selection of native plants for many garden conditions, focusing on texture, color and drought tolerance.

  • San Leandro – Green Thumb Works, 16276 E. 14th Street, San Leandro (corner of E. 14th & 163rd @ Dig Deep Farms greenhouse on the Pacific Apparel lot. There is plenty of convenient parking.)

    Talks in the Nursery:

    3:00 “Native plants chat: Handouts and seeds will be provided: Let’s talk plants! Join in on a casual session to ask questions, share resources and ideas with other native plant enthusiasts. Bring photos of your garden to share with the group. Make new friends and arrange car pools for the garden tour on May 7″ facilitated by Sandra Nevala-Lee

    View the plant list, prices and photos online: squareup.com/store/green-thumb-works. Come early for the best selection of native forbs, ornamental grasses, shrubs, perennials, and annuals.  

Nurseries selling native plants on Sunday May 7, and gardens where native plants can be purchased on Sunday, May 7 from 10:00–5:00

  • Berkeley – Oaktown Native Plant Nursery,  702 Channing Way, Berkeley (at Channing and Fourth Street, across from Vik’s Chaat Corner).

    Talks in the Nursery:

    12:00 “Learn How to Prune Natives” by Leslie Buck.

    Leslie Buck, aesthetic pruner and author of the garden memoir Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto will demonstrate how to prune California native plants using natural pruning techniques. Bring your pruning questions; this is the place to ask them!

    Leslie’s new garden memoir Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto tells the story of a Berkeley gardener who trains with traditional gardeners of Japan, working in some of the most naturally designed (not miniaturized or overly-sheared) native gardens in the world. Leslie is an aesthetic pruner, teacher, and design consultant with over two decades of gardening experience.

    3:00 “How to Make a Succulent Planter Using California Native Plants” by Maia Discoe.

    The drought tolerant and compact nature of California native succulents makes them perfect for planters. We will demonstrate how to make and care for a succulent planter made with California natives, including how to pick suitable plants, pots, and soil. To spark your imagination, there will be examples that range from simple and elegant to whimsical and fun.

    Maia has loved plants all her life. Sadly, she is also a chronic underwaterer. She found garden success by putting in a back yard pond and filling her property with plants native to her neighborhood. California native succulents are a particular love, and not just for their delightful ability to withstand neglect.

    Oaktown’s native plant list is here.

  • Concord – Markham Nature Park and Arboreteum will sell native plants at 1202 La Vista Avenue, Concord. Come early for the best selection of native ornamental grasses, trees, shrubs, and perennials. The Arboretum has plants to satisfy the beginning gardener, as well as unusual plants to delight the plant collector. Proceeds of this plant sale support Markham Nature Park and Arboretum.
  • Oakland – Wild Jules Crafted Seed Balls will sell a variety of wildflower and grass seeds at the home of Clytia and Joe Curley, at 1593 Trestle Glen Road, Oakland.
  • 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
    Offering hundreds of species of California native plants; located in Point Richmond.  You can see the list of available plants at the Watershed Nursery here.

  • San Lorenzo – San Lorenzo High School students will sell native plants and a variety of edibles at 50 E. Lewelling Blvd. in San Lorenzo. More than sixty species of native plants, including monkeyflowers, flowering currants, yerba buena, native grape, St. Catherine’s lace, several types of manzanita, ferns, and fuchsia will be available in exchange for donations. Ask the volunteers to help you select plants that will do well in your garden! The plant list is here. Cash and checks only.
  • San Ramon – East Bay Wilds will sell native plants, including many varieties of the manzanitas, California lilacs, buckwheats, and sages featured in the talks. The plants will be sold in the courtyard in front of Lorraine Kalich and Melissa Bandler’s gardens, at 15 Cherokee Ct., San Ramon.
  • San Ramon – Wild Jules Crafted Seed Balls will sell a variety of wildflower and grass seeds. The seeds will be sold in the courtyard in front of Lorraine Kalich and Melissa Bandler’s gardens, at 15 Cherokee Ct., San Ramon.