Native Here Nursery’s 2015 “Sense of Place” Summer Talk Series to Focus on Water.

The Native Here Nursery is all about a sense of place: the plants are locally native, grown from seed and cuttings collected in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Featuring these plants in your garden links you to the insects, the birds, the soil types, the geography of this place where we live. And also to the climate, which is drought-prone, a characteristic with which we all now have first-hand experience.

The theme of water leads us to water conservation through talks on irrigation efficiency, no-irrigation native plant gardening, and “losing your lawn”. The water theme also leads us to consider East Bay plants that require the driest of habitats, and those that require the wettest of habitats, manzanitas and redwoods respectively. We will explore the theme of water and Sense of Place as part of the human experience in our East Bay landscape through poetry readings and music.

Time: 10:30 to noon

Location: Native Here Nursery, 101 Golf Course Drive, Berkeley

See the Native Here Nursery website for more details (

July 11 Irrigation Efficiency  Seth Wright  Seth is a Landscape Contractor specializing in Irrigation Efficiency and has been in the landscape industry for 20 years.

July 18 Ecology of East Bay Redwoods  Emily Burns  Emily is Director of Science at Save the Redwoods League.

August 1 The Poetry of Water  Kirk Lumpkin  Kirk, a poet, helped facilitate the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival (with Poetry Flash and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass) and regularly hosts poetry readings.

August 15 Lose Your Lawn   Bay Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition Educator  The Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with public agencies, the landscape industry, and property owners to reduce waste and pollution, conserve natural resources, and create vibrant landscapes and gardens.