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Native Horticultural Symposium

Save the Date! Our next symposium will be held on September 29, 2018 at Foothill College. More information coming soon.

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. Be inspired to create a garden that welcomes wildlife by attending the Native Horticultural Symposium “Creating Habitat in the Dryland Garden” on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

There will be presentations by presentations by Judith Larner Lowry, Sara Leon Guerrero, Liam O’Brien, Frederique Lavoipierre, and Bart O’Brien.

 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.

Presentations will include:  

  • "The Importance of Being Local for Habitat and Design": Judith Larner Lowry, author and owner of Larner Seeds, will talk 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, will describe 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, willdescribe the butterflies in the tiny geographical area of San Francisco.
  • “Hedgerows as Habitat”: Frederique Lavoipierre, Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, will show 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, will describe easy, practical steps which you can take now to create a landscape rich in wildlife and movement.

Foothill College, Auditorium 8338 in Building 8300, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, just off I-280.

Free parking in Lot 8 only.

Early registration (by August 31) $90 general public, $80 CNPS member, $55 student; late registration $100/$90/$65. Same-day registration begins at 8:00 a.m. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: 650-260-3450.



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