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Ten Easy Steps to Creating a Bird- Friendly Garden, a talk by Brian Dirking 
Tuesday, March 05, 2024 06:00pm

There are few things more rewarding than drawing birds to your garden and providing all the elements they need to survive and raise their young. For many gardeners, just a few simple changes can make all the difference. In this talk, we’ll take a look at gardening from a bird’s perspective and then delve into the ten elements that can transform your garden into a bird paradise. Attendees will receive a free packet of California native wildflowers that benefit birds that they can try out in their own gardens.

Brian Dirking has loved gardening from an early age, helping his grandmother in her backyard and nurturing her prizewinning African violets. For much of his adult life he dedicated his leisure time to fruit and vegetable gardening, and maintaining a healthy lawn.

But in 2020 he realized that he could save time, money and the planet by converting most of his yard to a native habitat garden. Inspired by Doug Tallamy’s Nature’s Best Hope, he has planted hundreds of California native plants in his small San Carlos garden to create a lush and vibrant oasis that feeds bees, butterflies, birds and more! Now that he is freed from the tyranny of lawn maintenance and expense, you can find him lounging in a hammock listening to birdsong and admiring year-round blooms and berries in his garden.

You can visit Brian’s garden on the Growing Natives Garden Tour on Saturday, April 13, 2024. Register for the tour at

Location Pacifica Library, Sharp Park, 104 Hilton Way, Pacifica
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Upcoming Events

Sun Jun 23 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Bird and Plant ID Walk at Lake Cunningham Park (San Jose)
Tue Jun 25 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Native Plant ID
Fri Jun 28 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Fri Jun 28 @ 7:00PM - 08:50PM
Photography Group - Photo Sharing Meeting
Sat Jun 29 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Sat Jun 29 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Community Work Day at the Native Plant Garden in Kirk Park
Fri Jul 05 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Sat Jul 06 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Sat Jul 06 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Community Work Day at the Native Plant Garden in Kirk Park
Tue Jul 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Conservation Committee