A huge thank you to our Fair Coordinator Steve Toby, the EBCNPS Board, our 60+ volunteers, and all our loyal customers who came together for the 2015 Native Plant Fair. On Sunday the Possum Family Singers brought a joyous atmosphere to the fair, while children enjoyed treasure hunts, face painting, and art activities. Scores of new native plant lovers visited the nursery and were inspired by the knowledge shared by our native plant experts. Many native plants found their way to a new home, where they’ll bring along the spirit of the wild to gardens throughout the East Bay and beyond.
We have been working on creating educational signage for the nursery. Soon you’ll be able to learn about the medicinal uses of our East Bay native plants and perhaps be inspired to plant a few native medicinals in your garden, thanks to our fabulous volunteer Jill Cunninghis, a student at the Ohlone Herbal Center. We’re still seeking out volunteers knowledgeable about plants that benefit pollinators and wildlife as well as local edible enthusiasts who would be excited to help produce signs to teach our customers about these special plants.
The nursery needs you and your friends to volunteer. Many plants are waiting for eager hands to pot them up, and even more seeds are ready to be sown, but we could use the help to make it happen. We also have many opportunities for waterers, even throughout the winter months. Come in when you can or make a weekly commitment and you can support the nursery in an invaluable way. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about how you can participate.
Stay tuned for some exciting updates, as we are in the process of developing an internship program aimed to connect more youth with the plants. We’re also planning a Valentine’s Weekend Sale – details are forthcoming, but will include special benefits for CNPS members.
The nursery still has a bounty of plants available, so come visit us throughout the fall and beyond and get your plant lists filled for the fall planting season.
Native Here Nursery
Possum family singers. Photo by Janice Bray.