The California Native Plant Society is hosting a day-long symposium on gardening for wildlife. The symposium will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at Foothill College, in Los Altos Hills. The speakers are:

  • Judith Larner Lowry, author and owner of Larner Seeds, will present “The Importance of Being Local for Habitat and Design” and talk about the deep reasons to use locally native plants in the habitat garden from the perspectives of the purist, the bees, and the designer.
  • Sara Leon Guerrero, researcher at the Urban Bee Lab, U.C. Berkeley, will present “Native Bees Need You!” and describe how native pollinators benefit our gardens, showing some of the most common local bees with their favorite nectar and pollen-rich plants to grow in your garden.
  • Liam O’Brien, illustrator, lepidopterist, and conservationist, will present “The Butterflies of San Francisco: How They Relate to Your Garden” and describe the butterflies in the tiny geographical area of San Francisco.
  • Frederique Lavoipierre, Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, will present “Hedgerows as Habitat” and show how you can take a boring, monoculture hedge and transform it into a magnet for wildlife.
  • Bart O’Brien, author and Manager, Regional Parks Botanic Garden, will present “Designing your Habitat Garden” and describe easy, practical steps which you can take now to create a landscape rich in wildlife and movement.

Early registration (by August 31) is $90 per person for the general public, $80 per person for CNPS members, or $55 per person for students; late registration is $100 for the general public, $90 for CNPS members, or $65 for students. Register in advance at; same-day registration (if space is available) begins at 8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.

For more information:, email:, or call: 650-260-3450.