Succulents Plant Sale - San Jose
Jun
15
9:30 AM09:30

Succulents Plant Sale - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park - Master Gardener Shade House (map)
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3rd Saturday succulent sale. We have new arrangements and different plants for sale every month! We can also answer any questions you may have about growing, caring for, and propagating succulents.

Please note the park charges $6.00 for parking, or you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free. Bring cart, boxes and bags to carry your purchases.

Free! For more info, click here.

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ReScape Speaker Series -Healthy Soil Sequesters Carbon - San Jose
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

ReScape Speaker Series -Healthy Soil Sequesters Carbon - San Jose

ReScape California presents the third in a series of conversations about regenerative landscape practices that address the climate issues of our time. Experts will share solutions from their field with landscape professionals, home gardeners and municipalities. Tickets are $25 for ReScape members and $35 for non-members.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Beginner’s Bird and Plant ID Walk at Lake Cunningham - San Jose
Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

Beginner’s Bird and Plant ID Walk at Lake Cunningham - San Jose

  • Lake Cunningham Park- Marina Building (map)
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At the onset of summer, join us for a beginner’s bird and plant identification walk through Lake Cunningham Park. This park is a major destination for waterfowl and migratory birds and its native garden draws many birds due to its habitat value. On this walk, Vicki Silvas-Young will show you how to identify the common birds of our area, as well as the native plants they depend on for food, shelter and nesting places.

The distance will be 4 miles round trip on a level path. Bring a hat, water, your plant and bird lists and binoculars. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Parking fee is $6.

Reservations are required. Please RSVP at www.meetup.com (“California Native Plant Society – Santa Clara Valley Chapter”) or through the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA) Events page www.openspaceauthority.org/visitors/events.html. This plant walk is jointly organized by CNPS, OSA and Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society.

Lake Cunningham Park is located at 2305 S. White Road, San Jose. We’ll meet at the Marina building at 9am. See directions at the Meetup or OSA listing.

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Drawdown Global Warming with Native Gardens - Campbell
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Drawdown Global Warming with Native Gardens - Campbell

The decisions we make as gardeners do affect our planet. We can choose to reduce our carbon footprint, improve biodiversity, and reduce waste. Come hear all the ways that your garden can move us forward towards a more sustainable world.

Sherri Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect, Bay Friendly-Qualified designer, and a member of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Landscape Board. She is a chairperson for the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society and started her company, Sustainable Landscape Designs, over 20 years ago. In 2018, she received the Water Champion distinction from the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award Coalition.

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Second Sunday Garden Share - Santa Clara
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Second Sunday Garden Share - Santa Clara

  • Eddie Souza Park (San Tomas & Monroe Neighborhood Park and Community Garden) (map)
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“I don’t want to share my garden secrets”, said no gardener ever! In fact, many experienced gardeners would agree the best thing about gardening is sharing our harvests, our seedlings, and our knowledge with each other .  Starting in June, every second Sunday, the Eddie Souza Community Garden opens its gates to all novice and master gardeners everywhere in a cultural garden exchange. Each month we will highlight a topic to discuss, however all topics (and plants) are on the table! We hope you can bring seeds, seedlings, recipes, garden food, plant cuttings, or even questions to exchange with your neighbors. No one will be turned away for coming empty handed. The time of the exchange will vary due to the weather so please check the Community Garden Webpage for updates!

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Parks for Pollinators – BioBlitz – Kickoff meeting - Santa Clara
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Parks for Pollinators – BioBlitz – Kickoff meeting - Santa Clara

  • Everett N. "Eddie" Souza Park (San Tomas & Monroe) (map)
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Join the City of Santa Clara and parks throughout the country in a fun challenge to see how many pollinators species can be documented during Pollinator Month in June. It is easy to participate by joining our event on Sunday, June 9 at 10am or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist app. With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a pollinator (bee, butterfly, bat, etc.) or pollinator-friendly plant and the community will help identify which species it is. You can participate by exploring the nature and wildlife in the new Everett N. "Eddie" Souza Park & community garden (San Tomas & Monroe). The park is loaded with plants that attract pollinator animals of all kinds. Any observation you make will count during our event. The person with the most pictures will win a goodie bag from the Parks & Recreation Department. Visit the park anytime or www.santaclaraca.gov/communitygarden for the Community Garden's open hours.

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DIY-A Drip Irrigation System - A Step by Step Approach to How to Install & Maintain - Mountain View
Jun
8
11:30 AM11:30

DIY-A Drip Irrigation System - A Step by Step Approach to How to Install & Maintain - Mountain View

Is having a successful garden on your agenda? Learn how to install and maintain a drip irrigation system yourself. Don't be tied to your garden. With your new drip system you can have more free time, save energy, and conserve water. Join Master Gardener, Bob Heller for a hands-on talk on how, you too, can easily accomplish this. All the components that you will need to familiarize yourself with, will be available.

Free! For more info, click here.

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Creating a Bee-Friendly Native Garden - Los Gatos
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Creating a Bee-Friendly Native Garden - Los Gatos

We all know about the European honey bee, but what about the native bees that live here in the Santa Clara Valley? These local insects help pollinate your ornamental and edible plants, too! Once you know what to look for, you’ll see over a dozen bee species that live in our urban setting—especially among locally-growing native plants. Find out how planting even a few select natives can enrich your garden and attract even more native (and honey) bees.

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Composting Basics Workshop - Cupertino
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop - Cupertino

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. Compost bins available for purchase at these classes.

To register, click here.

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Attracting Pollinators in Your Gardens - Los Altos
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Attracting Pollinators in Your Gardens - Los Altos

Learn what a pollinator is and why pollinators are important to your garden. Come join us for a library talk on Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden, presented by UCCE Master Gardener Nella Henninger. Nella will discuss which plants to plant to attract pollinators to your landscape. She will discuss the pollinators’ needs and how these plants meet those needs. You will learn how to incorporate these plants in your garden to give year-around color and provide food, habitat and protection for pollinators

For more details, click here.

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Native Plants for Pollinator Gardens - Saratoga
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

Native Plants for Pollinator Gardens - Saratoga

Native plants are integral to an effective pollinator garden design. Based on functions within the ecosystem, the speaker will explore the interrelationships between plants, pollinators, other insects and animals. The goal is to allow you to design pollinator gardens, thereby leveraging California's wealth of biodiversity into more resilient--and beautiful--landscapes.

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Drip Irrigation for Your Garden - San Jose
May
18
10:30 AM10:30

Drip Irrigation for Your Garden - San Jose

Drip irrigation can offer a simple, reliable, and efficient way to water your garden or landscape plantings, but it isn't perfect, nor does it work for every situation. Join Hank Morales as he discusses when and where you should install drip irrigation in your garden, and when it doesn't make sense. He will talk about the basics of drip irrigation systems, the differences between manufacturers and styles, planning a system, installation, troubleshooting and maintenance, and show you how we use different types of systems in our gardens.

Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing and a hat, as the class is held outdoors in our Pavilion. A refillable water bottle, notebook and writing implements are recommended. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to park and sign in. Please note: the park charges $6.00 for parking, or you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.

For more details, click here.

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Rain Capture Workshop
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Rain Capture Workshop

Join us for a crash course in water conservation and rain water capture. A special guest from Valley Water will talk about the sustainable features of San Tomas & Monroe Park and provide details on the County’s residential landscape rebate programs to save you money and keep our ground water clean. Free and open to all ages. For more information, please call 408-615-3743.

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Succulents Plant Sale - San Jose
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Succulents Plant Sale - San Jose

The Sassy Succulent Group will be selling plants and succulent arrangements. We will be on hand to answer your questions about growing and propagating succulents too.

Please note the park charges $6.00 for parking, or you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free. Bring cart, boxes and bags to carry your purchases.

For more details, click here.

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Laundry to Landscape Graywater Installation - Mountain View
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Laundry to Landscape Graywater Installation - Mountain View

  • 749 W El Camino Real Mountain View, CA, 94040 United States (map)
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Start saving money and water by reusing laundry water in your landscape! Learn how to assess your home and landscaping to install a graywater system without additional expensive pumps, filters, tanks or permits. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos of their laundry area and landscaping for additional help. Santa Clara County residents are eligible for a $200 rebate!

Lecture | Justin Burks

 For more information, click here.

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Irrigation Maintenance and Leak Detection - Sunnyvale
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Irrigation Maintenance and Leak Detection - Sunnyvale

Learn how to convert to a water efficient irrigation system, including basic layout design, installation, watering techniques and maintenance of your system. This workshop will demonstrate water-conserving irrigation strategies. Leak detection and how to evaluate your irrigation system for upgrades.

For more information, click here.

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Irrigation Equipment Upgrade and Landscape Water Use Efficiency in Palo Alto
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Irrigation Equipment Upgrade and Landscape Water Use Efficiency in Palo Alto

Learn about irrigation equipment upgrades that will help make your irrigation system more efficient, discounts and rebate offers, and resources to get your started on improving your irrigation system.

Instructor: Sherri Osaka

More information and Registration here.

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Native Plants for Difficult Sites - Mountain View
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Native Plants for Difficult Sites - Mountain View

You know those difficult gardening sites: the ones that are dark all year until mid-summer, the ones under mature trees, and in those narrow side yards. Come hear our panel of designers and landscape architects provide native plant suggestions that can tolerate and thrive in some of your most challenging locations.

Deva Luna works for EarthCare Landscaping and Ashini Fernando, Stephanie Morris and Sherri Osaka have their own design companies. Between them, they have 80 years of gardening experience.

Free! Click here for more info.

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Creating a Children's Garden - Morgan Hill
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

Creating a Children's Garden - Morgan Hill

The benefits of getting children involved in gardening are numerous: science, exercise, connecting to nature, healthy food, and more! Join us to explore planning a summer garden with your children. We will discuss ways to make your garden attractive to children and easy to manage, as well as plant selection. Let us help you get your kids excited about gardening while they discover different plant textures, scents, the joy of harvesting, tasting their own vegetables, and learning about insects and soil!

For more info, click here.

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Graywater Workshop - Sunnyvale
May
5
10:00 PM22:00

Graywater Workshop - Sunnyvale

Part of the Going Native Garden Tour (Register to receive the address and read about the graywater garden for more information). Visit this native garden for a graywater laundry to landscape workshop at 10am, noon, and 2pm. See first hand how this native garden is irrigated with graywater and other sustainable practices. Come and be inspired how the District's $200+ graywater rebate may help you do something similar in your own landscape!

Visit this garden and visualize how you too can incorporate your own locally-controlled and sustainable water supply of graywater in your own landscape. Located at a single-family home in a residential neighborhood on Wolfe Road in Sunnyvale--for specific location information registration is required.

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Going Native Garden Tour 2019
May
4
to May 5

Going Native Garden Tour 2019

A free tour of native gardens in Santa Clara Valley & Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area

Organized by the California Native Plant Society (Santa Clara Valley Chapter)
in association with UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County.

Since 2003, the Bay Area's pioneering native garden tour has showcased gardens featuring California native plants. This community-based tour is free of charge to the public. Each tour features up to 60 gardens, most of them private home gardens, which are open on tour day in a do-it-yourself, open house format.

The gardens on the tour demonstrate reduced water use, reduced chemical and pesticide use, improved habitat, and the unique aesthetic appeal of gardens designed with California native plants. Our website also provides resources to help Bay Area gardeners to “go native” in their own gardens.

On tour day, sponsoring nurseries will conduct native plant sales at select gardens. Part of the proceeds benefit Going Native Garden Tour. Please pay by cash or check.

For more information or to register, click here.

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Ready, Set, Go for Summer Gardening - Palo Alto
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Ready, Set, Go for Summer Gardening - Palo Alto

Its time to plant tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, squash and beans. Master Gardeners Candace Simpson and Ann Burrell will discuss soil preparation, planting, irrigation and fertilizers for a productive summer garden. Solutions for common pests and diseases will be addressed. Come bring your questions and any issues from last year.

For more info, click here.

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Monarch Butterflies - What is Happening & How to Help - Cupertino
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Monarch Butterflies - What is Happening & How to Help - Cupertino

Have you heard about the recent reports of the decline in monarch butterflies? Do you wonder how you can help? Do not lose heart! Learn about the monarch butterflies life cycle, habitat, and migration patterns. We'll also discuss why monarchs are in danger, and what you can do to help conservation efforts. We'll review several specific plants you can have in your garden to create a monarch habitat at your home.

Free event.

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Drainage seminar - Campbell
May
1
12:00 PM12:00

Drainage seminar - Campbell

Learn the do’s and don’ts of drainage! This irrigation seminar series teaches about sump basins, french drains and channel drains. You will also learn how to calculate runoff potential and pipe size based off of precipitation averages. Free! Includes lunch.

To RSVP, call (408) 377-5600 or email dawson@laneirrigation.com.

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Wildflower Show - Saratoga
Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

Wildflower Show - Saratoga

The local chapter of the California Native Plant Society will hold its 45th annual Wildflower Show on Saturday, April 27th from 9:30am - 4pm at West Valley College in Saratoga.

This year’s theme is Citizen Science.

A variety of free lectures will be offered, including a training session by Matteo Garbelotto from the UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory for the Saratoga Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Blitz, and a talk and demonstration by Ken-ichi Ueda, the co-founder of iNaturalist.

This family–friendly event features hundreds of native wildflowers and plants on display and a variety of tours, including a tour of the Vasona Creek Restoration Project. A selection of native plants and native plant art, t-shirts, books and other related goods will be available for purchase.

The event and parking are all free to the public.

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Garden Club Plant Sale - San Jose
Apr
26
to Apr 27

Garden Club Plant Sale - San Jose

  • 1190 Camino Ramon San Jose, CA, 95125 United States (map)
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The San Jose Garden Club is holding a Plant Sale Fundraiser, with plants grown by San Jose Garden Club members, and pottery and garden art.

Plant sale proceeds benefit: Sacred Heart’s La Mesa Verde Garden Project, Our City Forest, Veggielution at Prusch Park, Loaves and Fishes Kitchen Garden and Lean/Calero Rose Project.

Event is on Friday, April 26th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm and on Saturday, April 27th, from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.

For more details, click here.

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