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The Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour™ is a great way to get ideas for your own garden and be inspired by the renewal and transformation of spring. This year the BBTN tour will be online, 3 days and free. There will be 43 Alameda and Contra Costa County gardens, live on these Sundays: April 26, May 3, May 10, 2020.

Bringing Back the Natives Tour Ends this Sunday May 10

This Sunday will be the final day of the 2020 Bringing Back the Natives (BBTN) Virtual Tour. You can still register and download the Garden Guide

One of the properties featured on Sunday’s tour will be Lorraine Kalich’s amazing garden in San Ramon, which was designed by the team at SFLA and installed in 2015. Dry stream beds lined with smooth rocks, boulders, and native grasses provide focal points in both the front and back yards, while a bubbling moss rock boulder offers sounds of comfort to humans and much needed water to birds and other wildlife. You can read more about Lorraine Kalich’s garden, see the photos of her beautiful landscape overlooking the Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space, and download her plant list on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour website.

Day 1

The 16th annual and 1st virtual live stream of the BBTN began on Sunday, April 26th, at 10 am with coordinator Kathy Kramer introducing author and Professor Doug Tallamy. Dr. Tallamy talked about “Restoring the Little Things that Run the World: Why Insects Matter and What We Can Do to Save Them.” (See our article on this topic or watch his talk below.) His talk was followed by virtual tours of native plant gardens in Clayton, Albany, San Leandro, Berkeley, Castro Valley, El Cerrito and Danville – all of which can be viewed on the BBTN website and in the Garden Guide. Watch here:

Day 2

On Sunday, May 3rd, the BBTN virtual tour kicked off with a brief summary of Douglas Tallamy’s talk from the previous Sunday along with a Q & A session with Tallamy and Dan Gluesenkamp, Executive Director of the California Native Plant Society. The talk was followed by visits to seven beautiful California native plant gardens in Moraga, Clayton, Berkeley, Alameda and Concord, and a tour of the Watershed Native Plant Nursery in Point Richmond. Watch here:

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