Thank you for a wonderful Spring Sale!

Our first annual pilot Spring Sale went off without a hitch and gave the nursery a nice $3500 boost at the end of the fiscal year. We had several wonderful volunteers who assisted customers in finding appropriate plants, rang up sales, and even got some weeding and watering done. The planning and staffing model worked well for this event, which is a nice companion to our annual October Plant Fair which, due to the larger turnout, requires much more input.

We continue to have a great selection of plants in stock. Please look for an updated inventory on our website, www.nativeherenursery.org. Although late spring is a time of increased planting stress and water usage per planting, it is a perfect time to tour gardens and plan your fall plantings. If you haven’t already signed up for the May 3rd Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour please visit www.bringingbackthenatives.net to register. Native Here will be open from 10 to 5 on May 2nd and 3rd, with “How to Select Native Plants for Your Garden” talks at 11am and 3pm on Saturday, May 2nd, and again at 1pm on Sunday, May 3rd.

Native Here’s Sense of Place Summer Talk Series
Select Saturdays from June through early September in the amphitheater, starting at 10:30 am.
We had a very successful open-air talk series last summer. This year’s series will focus on water (with the addition of another talk on manzanitas because they are so fun) and we will have talks from an irrigation efficiency expert, non-irrigating native plant gardeners, the Bay Friendly Garden Coalition, and poets! Please stay tuned for the official announcement and lineup.

I know that many of you experienced the drought regulations of 1977 and have continued your water-use reductions since then. But a couple more people have moved to, or become renters in, California in the 38 year interim. We have a great deal more work to do to achieve moderately sustainable gardening en masse.

May Gardening Tip
Reduce the evaporative surface area of your more thirsty plants to conserve a little water. Summer is a good opportunity to selectively prune back thirstier plants, especially if they have already set seed due to the early spring. Please consider leaving the clippings as additional mulch and possible food for your loyal garden tenants and day users. Do not fertilize as this encourages tender new growth, which needs more water to avoid wilting.

 The photos below are by Janice Bray from the CD East Bay Native Plants, for sale at Native Here Nursery.

Twinberry honeysuckluckle (Lonicera involucrata}

Twinberry honeysuckle (Lonicera involucrata}

Sticky monkey flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)

Sticky monkey flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)

Soap plant (Chloragalum pomeridiianum)

Soap plant (Chloragalum pomeridianum)