The San Francisco Yerba Buena Chapter of the California Native Plant Society's 10th annual Native Plant Garden Tour is Sunday April 27th, 2014 from 11am to 3pm. The free, self-guided tour is a unique opportunity to see San Francisco specific and Bay Area native plants in gardens that range from highly designed and manicured to free-spirited and wild. Homeowners, designers, and CNPS hosts will be at gardens to explain how they conserve water, provide vital habitat and resources for wildlife, and reinforce our local identity. Many will be able to answer questions on how you can develop a garden to call your own. A map, descriptions and list of addresses can be found at http://www.sfnativegardentour.org
before the tour date. Interesting in every season, the gardens provide a window into the world of pollination and bird / plant interaction. From gorgeous checkerspot and swallowtail butterflies to little-noticed solitary bees and native ants, vivid blue dark star Ceanothus and quiet pink checkerblooms hum with insects and the many birds that eat them. The bird- and butterfly-friendly gardens on our Tour reflect different visions of what a native plant
garden means. Some are over 95% indigenous; others combine native plants with drought-tolerant or traditional plantings, vegetable plots, and ornamental flowerbeds.
The Tour includes untamed gardens that mimic natural areas around the Bay as well as meticulously crafted gardens designed by renowned Bay Area landscape designers. From new entries to old friends, options include a shade garden extending around and under trees and decks, some that host slender salamanders, chorus frogs and other indigenous fauna, a garden of natives and edibles and several works in progress where natives are making their way back home.
About the California Native Plant Society: The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture, and land stewardship.
For more information visit http://www.cnps-yerbabuena.org