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 (

June 6, Water-wise Gardening with Native Plants, Margo Cunningham, Dave Drummond, and Anita Pereira. Margot was the sales manager for Native Here for 13 years before retiring in 2013. Dave is a co-founder of California Habitats Indigenous Activists, which has created and is maintaining a native coastal prairie along the Ohlone Greenway. Anita created wonderful habitat home for butterflies, bees, birds, frogs, and reptiles around her home.

June 20, Ecology of manzanitas of the East Bay, Bert Johnson. Bert is a manzanita enthusiast and expert and a retired member of the East Bay Regional Park District Botanic Garden staff.

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. Host Kirk, a poet, helped facilitate the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival [with Poetry Flash & former U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass], and regularly hosts poetry readings.