Beautify Your Garden with California Native Plants

California Natives

Visually appealing. Low maintenance. Drought tolerant. Sources of food and shelter for wildlife. All of these describe the plants that have evolved in California and which we virtually forgot about for a century. Fortunately, people are remembering these beautiful plants and incorporating them into their landscapes. Learn about the benefits of California native plants, how to grow them, and meet some species that do well in Alameda County gardens with Alamda County Master Gardener Birgitt Evans.

Birgitt Evans has been gardening since she was a child. In college she was mentored by one of the founders of the Hopkins-Peralta Community Garden in Berkeley, who introduced her to seed starting,composting and community gardening. Birgitt has experimented with growing food and ornamental plants ever since. She joined the Master Gardeners in 1999 and began teaching classes on a variety of topics. In 2004, dismayed by the lack of California native plants on the market and in people's gardens, she conceived and helped create the Master Gardener publication, Outstanding Plants for Alameda County which features both native plants and vegetables in her home garden and at the Master Gardeners' Demo Garden at Lake Merritt.


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