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Ten Easy Steps to Creating a Bird- Friendly Garden, a talk by Jennifer Dirking 
Tuesday, April 02, 2024 06:00pm

There are few things more rewarding than drawing birds to your garden and providing all the elements they need to survive and raise their young. For many gardeners, just a few simple changes can make all the difference. In this talk, we’ll take a look at gardening from a bird’s perspective and then delve into the ten elements that can transform your garden into a bird paradise. Attendees will receive a free packet of California native wildflowers that benefit birds that they can try out in their own gardens.

Jennifer Dirking has been an organic gardener for over 40 years, but only recently transformed her garden from a food desert to a habitat oasis in her suburban San Carlos neighborhood. Inspired by Doug Tallamy’s book Nature’s Best Hope, she has reached beyond her garden fence to develop partnerships and inspire hundreds of others throughout the Bay Area to begin their own native gardening journey. Her simple tactics involving free wildflower seeds and promotion via social media provide a model for other individuals and organizations that want to reach further into their communities as well. She is currently the Chair of the Wildflower Ambassador program at our CNPS Chapter.

Jennifer also manages the Native Plant Resource Teams’ Pollinator Pathways Group, a program of the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour. You can visit Jennifer’s garden on the Growing Natives Garden Tour on Saturday, April 13. Register for the tour at

Location Half Moon Bay Library, 620 Correas St., Half Moon Bay
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Upcoming Events

Fri Apr 19 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Fri Apr 19 @ 7:00PM - 08:50PM
Photography Group - Photo Sharing Meeting
Sat Apr 20 @ 8:00AM -
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Mon Apr 22 @ 8:00AM -
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Tue Apr 23 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Native Plant ID
Fri Apr 26 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Sat Apr 27 @ 8:00AM -
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Sat Apr 27 @ 9:30AM - 04:00PM
Wildflower Show
Sun Apr 28 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Rancho Cañada del Oro OSP (Morgan Hill)
Mon Apr 29 @ 8:00AM -
Lake Cunningham Native Garden