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Gardening for Biodiversity in a Climate Crisis

Date and Time: September 21, 2019, 9am - 5pm.

"Garden as if life depended on it." -- Doug Tallamy

The symposium featured keynote speaker, Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, and Bart O’Brien, Director of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden and the co-author of Reimagining the California Lawn.

2019 Symposium Flyer

The insect Armageddon, the collapse of the western Monarch butterfly, The Sixth Extinction—we are losing species at an alarming rate. Contributors to this crisis include invasive species, the ubiquitous European lawn, non-native landscapes and the loss of wild areas. Landscape professionals and home gardeners can act to turn this trend around. This one-day symposium showed you how to be part of the solution. 

Videos of the presentations at the 2019 symposium are linked below:

Venue: Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

We have a new benefit this year: attendees will be able to preorder plants from the CNPS SCV Nursery for pickup at the Symposium.

GNGT 2019South: Sat, May 04, 2019, 10:00am to 4:00pm

North: Sun, May 05, 2019, 10:00am to 4:00pm

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

 goldfields leptosiphonDid you know that California has more native plant species than any other state in the nation? To honor California’s incredible plant life, the California State Legislature designated the third week of April to be California Native Plant Week in 2010. To celebrate, join our Chapter at one of the many activities we've scheduled during this special week.

Please join us for the 2018 CNPS Santa Clara Valley Chapter Picnic Potluck Social at Stevens Creek County Park on Sat, September 15, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM . This is a gathering for our many wonderful volunteers and members. If you’re thinking about joining CNPS, come and hang out with us too. It's your chance to catch up with fellow volunteers and members as well as meet new ones. Space is limited, so please RSVP soon at:

GNGTSouth: Sat, May 04, 2019, 10:00am to 4:00pm
North: Sun, May 05, 2019, 10:00am to 4:00pm

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.  Native plant sales at select gardens. Free of charge to the public. Registration required at GNGT.ORG. Organized by the California Native Plant Society (Santa Clara Valley Chapter) in association with UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County.

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The symposium was held on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. 

Landscaping with California native plants is a proven technique for creating low-water, low-maintenance gardens that also provide refuge for wildlife and repair the damage to our urban and suburban areas.  As gardeners, we appreciate pretty flowers and beautiful greenery, but a garden can also provide movement by feeding and housing our fellow creatures. Watching hummingbirds nectar, seeing a caterpillar grow and change, and viewing baby birds as they leave their nest for the first time are delightful experiences that transform how we view our gardens’ role within the local ecosystem.

Videos of the presentations at the 2016 symposium are linked below:  

  • The Importance of Being Local for Habitat and Design: Judith Larner Lowry, author and owner of Larner Seeds, talks about the deep reasons to use locally native plants in the habitat garden from the perspectives of the purist, the bees, and the designer.
  • Native Bees Need You!: Sara Leon Guerrero, researcher at the Urban Bee Lab, U.C. Berkeley, describes how native pollinators benefit our gardens, showing some of the most common local bees with their favorite nectar and pollen-rich plants to grow in your garden.
  •  The Butterflies of San Francisco: How They Relate to Your Garden: Liam O’Brien, illustrator, lepidopterist, and conservationist, describes the butterflies in the tiny geographical area of San Francisco.
  • Hedgerows as Habitat: Frederique Lavoipierre, Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, shows how you can take a boring, monoculture hedge and transform it into a magnet for wildlife.
  • Designing your Habitat Garden: Bart O’Brien, author and Manager, Regional Parks Botanic Garden, describes easy, practical steps which you can take now to create a landscape rich in wildlife and movement.


Please join us at West Valley College on Saturday, April 25th, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM for our 46th Wildflower Show. The show will feature hundreds of species of wildflowers and native plants from Santa Clara, San Mateo and surrounding counties. In addition to local plants, we will have a section featuring flowers from native plant gardens in our Chapter. Experts will be on site to describe different samples and answer questions. 


Attend a talk & learn about native plants.

Alum Rock Park Wildflower Festival 2014, Coastal Wildflower Day 2015, Wildflower Show at Hidden Villa 2015, etc.

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