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April 23, 2013 > Garden tours feature native plants

Garden tours feature native plants

By Sharene Gonzales

The Alameda County Water District (ACWD) is partnering with the Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition to bring back the Natives Garden Tour this spring in Alameda County.

Gardens featured contain California native plants that require less water, reduce the need for pesticides, and attract a variety of wildlife. Once established, native plant gardens require little to no maintenance, making them an ideal option regardless of gardening experience - green thumb or not.

No matter how large or small the space, a landscape can be created that best suits individual needs. Tour participants will have the opportunity to learn how to select and care for native plants; lower water utility bills by reducing outdoor water use and irrigation; design low-maintenance gardens; and attract butterflies, birds, bees, and a host of other beneficial wildlife without the use of pesticides.

"Garden tours provide Tri-City residents an opportunity to see first-hand the beauty of low water use gardens. The less water and fewer resources required in the garden, the better for our environment," said Stephanie Nevins, ACWD Water Conservation Supervisor. "Nearly 50 percent of the water used in a typical home is for irrigation," Nevins added.

This self-guided tour of residential properties features a variety of gardens, created using similar gardening techniques. Registration is required as well as the purchase of a guidebook ($10) with garden descriptions and directions. Entrance tickets can be shared. Electronic guidebooks are available for $5.

Bay-Friendly Garden Tour
Sunday, Apr 28
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(510) 859-8026 x2

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