Gardening Resources

Websites for Native Plant Gardening

Here are some useful websites for native plant gardeners in the Bay Area.  Today, there is no need to go from nursery to nursery looking for a particular plant.  Plant inventories for most native plant nurseries are now online.  The web is also a good source of horticultural advice and information about what native plants are adapted to particular conditions and plant communities. 

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Native Plant Nurseries

Many local nurseries carry some California native plants. The nurseries listed here are ones that specialize in California native plants.  Most have online plant inventories on their websites.  Because online inventories may not fully reflect current stock available, we suggest that before making a trip to buy a plant based on plant inventory on a nursery’s website, you make a call to confirm that the nursery still has the plants you want. 

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Books on Gardening with California Native Plants

The growing popularity of using native plants in the garden is reflected in the number of recent books on gardening with California native plants.  Here is a list of both recent and older books that provide a wealth of information on creating a California native garden, selecting the right native plants for specific garden sites and maintaining the native garden.   

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Borrow a Weed Wrench

by Eva Buxton

It’s that time again; the rain has softened the ground, making broom and other invasive shrubs easy to pull out with the roots. In view of recent disastrous fires in and north of Marin County, it is especially important to consider removing fire-prone shrubs from your property and adjacent land (with landowner permission). 

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New! Bay Area Garden Planner

by Rachael L. Olliff Yang, Ph.D.

This past month CNPS released a new Bay Area Garden Planner as part of its Calscape website, making planting native in the Bay Area even easier than before!

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Websites for Native Plant Gardening

Here are some useful websites for native plant gardeners in the Bay Area.  Today, there is no need to go from nursery to nursery looking for a particular plant.  Plant inventories for most native plant nurseries are now online.  The web is also a good source of horticultural advice and information about what native plants are adapted to particular conditions and plant communities. 

Native Plant Nurseries

Many local nurseries carry some California native plants. The nurseries listed here are ones that specialize in California native plants.  Most have online plant inventories on their websites.  Because online inventories may not fully reflect current stock available, we suggest that before making a trip to buy a plant based on plant inventory on a nursery’s website, you make a call to confirm that the nursery still has the plants you want. 

Books on Gardening with California Native Plants

The growing popularity of using native plants in the garden is reflected in the number of recent books on gardening with California native plants.  Here is a list of both recent and older books that provide a wealth of information on creating a California native garden, selecting the right native plants for specific garden sites and maintaining the native garden.   

Borrow a Weed Wrench

by Eva Buxton

It’s that time again; the rain has softened the ground, making broom and other invasive shrubs easy to pull out with the roots. In view of recent disastrous fires in and north of Marin County, it is especially important to consider removing fire-prone shrubs from your property and adjacent land (with landowner permission). 

New! Bay Area Garden Planner

by Rachael L. Olliff Yang, Ph.D.

This past month CNPS released a new Bay Area Garden Planner as part of its Calscape website, making planting native in the Bay Area even easier than before!