This Earth Day, celebrate the environment by getting a healthy dose of sun and steps in on the 14th annual Going Native Garden Tour.

Since 2003, the California Native Plant Society Santa Clara Valley Chapter and  University of California Cooperative  Extension Master Gardners of Santa Clara County  have coordinated this free community-based tour.

Tour participants can get inspiration from up to 60 gardens featured on this do-it-yourself open house tour style.  The gardens featured, many of them private home gardens, are a stunning display of reduced water use, diversified and improved habitat, low chemical and pesticide-use, and showcase beautiful water-wise California plant species.

This year’s tour stops include gardens in 14 municipalities of Santa Clara, and some in San Mateo County, and include some official demonstration gardens such as the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Education Center. Maps and more detail are available here.  Register for the tour here.

Interested in showcasing your gorgeous water-wise garden next year? Residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties with a garden containing at least 60 percent of California native plants can participate. Submissions are due by Oct. 31, 2017. For more info, click here. 

 

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