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Going Native Garden Tour 
Saturday, May 02, 2020 10:00am

There is a new understanding of the importance of native plants in our environment, and the extraordinary role ordinary home gardens can play in “creating wildlife corridors that sustain populations of insects, birds and animals”  - The Importance of Native Plants, Fine Gardening, Julie Moir Messervy.

Visiting native plant gardens and bringing others along to witness their beauty and habitat value may be one of the most powerful individual efforts we each can make to entice and persuade our neighbors, colleagues, family, and even ourselves, to add more native plants to our gardens.

“...most native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plant species disappear or are replaced by alien exotics, the insects disappear, thus impoverishing the food source of birds and other animals.”   - Prof. Doug Tallamy in his book Bringing Nature Home.

The 18th annual Going Native Garden Tour (GNGT) previously scheduled for Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 will be online only this year to ensure the health and safety of visitors, garden owners, and volunteers. 

Connecting people to nature and California native plants is more important than ever, so selected GNGT gardens located throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties will have virtual tours that you can view anytime with lots more photos and some videos. Visit to see the virtual tours. Registration isn’t required for the virtual tour, but please do register. You’ll then receive notifications about any live webcasts and the 2021 Tour.

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Upcoming Events

Mon Jun 05 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Field Trip Planning Meeting (Zoom)
Sat Jun 10 @ 8:00AM -
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Tue Jun 13 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Conservation Committee
Wed Jun 14 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
The Power of Native Plants, a talk by Juanita Salisbury
Sat Jun 17 @ 8:00AM -
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Wed Jun 21 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Pollinator Restaurants & Building Community, a talk by Jennifer Dirking
Thu Jun 22 @ 7:00PM -
CNPS SCV Board Meeting
Fri Jun 23 @ 7:00PM - 08:50PM
Photography Group - Photo Sharing Meeting
Sat Jun 24 @ 8:00AM -
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Sat Jun 24 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Fountain Thistle Work Party (San Mateo)