Spend ‘Sundays in the Garden’ with virtual garden visits


By Kathy Chouteau

Bringing Back the Natives is hosting a series of virtual garden visits April 26, May 3 and May 10 with its “Sundays in the Garden” offering.

The organization, which hosts Bay Area garden tours with the aim of inspiring others to propagate native plants, will offer Sundays in the Garden via Zoom and livestream it on YouTube. Those interested can pre-register free of charge here.

The Sundays in the Garden series will kick off Sun., April 26 from 10-11:45 a.m. with a talk by renowned ecologist Douglas Tallamy on “Restoring the Little Things That Run the World: Why It Matters and What We Can Do.” Tallamy is known for authoring The New York Times bestselling work, “Natures Best Hope,” as well as for writing “Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens.”

Following up the ecologist’s talk, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be live garden visits. Per organizers, it will be “a series of 25 minute long live garden visits” during which “passionate garden owners and the talented designers of the Bay Area’s most beautiful and inspiring landscapes will show us what’s happening in the garden now, feature their favorite natives, describe their favorite native plant gardening resources and more.”

A Richmond garden will be among those featured during the first virtual visit, as well as a tour of The Watershed Nursery. According to organizers, the gardens on the tour consist of at least 60 percent native plants, provide habitat for wildlife and are also pesticide-free and water-conserving.

Sundays in the Garden will continue its virtual garden visits Sun., May 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sun., May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit Bringing Back the Natives’ website for more info closer to the dates.

Learn more about watching Sundays in the Garden on Zoom or YouTube here.