Registration opens for Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

Registration opens for 15th Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
Dave Drummond, in green shirt, talking with Tour guests about his garden, which has attracted fifteen species of native bees. (Photo Credit: Kathy Kramer)

Local residents are encouraged to sign up for the 15th Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, which features 35 gardens in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, including six in Richmond.

The award-winning tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Online preregistration is required, ends on April 27, and includes a $10 garden guide. The self-drive tour is free, although a donation of $15 is requested to help fund the event.

To register, go here.

What the 35 gardens have in common is they are pesticide-free, water conserving, provide habitat for wildlife, and contain 60-percent or more native plants, according to the tour website. You can view garden locations here.

Anni Jensen and Carol Manahan’s colorful, twenty-year-old water-conserving native plant garden shows how a plain landscape can be transformed into a beautiful oasis as attractive to wildlife as it is to people. (Photo Credit: Saxon Holt)

This year’s theme is “Art and Music in the Gardens,” and artwork, live music and children’s activities will be offered at various gardens. At some spots, native plants will be available for sale.

Registration for this tour fills up quickly, so attendees are encouraged to sign up promptly.

Meanwhile, take a look at these gorgeous photos provided by tour officials of the Richmond gardens.

Garden art in Anni Jensen and Carol Manahan’s garden. (Photo Credit: Anni Jenson)
Anita Pereira’s garden contains over one hundred species of native plants; among them are the California poppy, our State flower. (Photo Credit: Anita Periera)
This local native wildflower flourishes in Margot Cunningham and Pierre La Plants’s garden. (Photo Credit: Kathy Kramer)
Peter and Jocelyn Rohan’s garden in Richmond contains local native plants, rainwater retention and laundry to landscape greywater systems, and a living wall planted with natives. (Photo Credit: Kathy Kramer)