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Create a Pollinator Paradise in Your Garden, a talk by Jennifer Dirking 
Wednesday, March 06, 2024 06:00am

Pollinators are essential for a thriving garden ecosystem, but often cannot access all of the elements they need to flourish and raise the next generation. Learn how you can create a beautiful low water “paradise” for bees, butterflies and other pollinators in your garden, and boost your fruit and vegetable yields in the process. Attendees will receive a free packet of California native wildflowers for pollinators to try out in their own gardens.

Jennifer Dirking has been an organic gardener for over 40 years, but only recently transformed her garden from a food desert to a habitat oasis in her suburban San Carlos neighborhood. Inspired by Doug Tallamy’s book Nature’s Best Hope, she has reached beyond her garden fence to develop partnerships and inspire hundreds of others throughout the Bay Area to begin their own native gardening journey. Her simple tactics involving free wildflower seeds and promotion via social media provide a model for other individuals and organizations that want to reach further into their communities as well. She is currently the Chair of the Wildflower Ambassador program at our CNPS Chapter.

Jennifer also manages the Native Plant Resource Teams’ Pollinator Pathways Group, a program of the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour. You can visit Jennifer’s garden on the Growing Natives Garden Tour on Saturday, April 13. Register for the tour at

Location Foster City Library, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City
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Upcoming Events

Sat Jun 22 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Sat Jun 22 @ 9:00AM - 12:30PM
“Power to the Pollinators” Summer Native Plant Community Tour
Sat Jun 22 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Community Work Day at the Native Plant Garden in Kirk Park
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