Growing Natives: Inspiring & Enduring Gardens

A two-day symposium on native plant gardening & design

The Santa Clara Valley chapter of CNPS is offering a two-day symposium on designing,installing, and maintaining native plant gardens of lasting value, aimed at professionals, home gardeners, and native plant enthusiasts.

Saturday, September 17, 2011: talks by leading practitioners Carol Bornstein, Michael Craib, David Fross, Luke Hass, and Deva Luna, and books for sale at Lafayette Community Center, 500 St Mary’s Road, Lafayette.

  • Garden design by author Carol Bornstein, formerly of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • Site preparation by landscape professional Deva Luna
  • Sourcing native plants by Michael Craib of Suncrest Nurseries
  • Case study of a 40-year-old native plant garden by landscape professional Luke Hass
  • Maintenance tips by nurseryman and author David Fross
  • A panel discussion and Q&A
  • The Saturday program includes a continental breakfast and lunch
  • A selection of books will be available for purchase

Sunday, September 18, 2011: Workshops by Jocelyn Cohen, Stephen Edwards, Katherine Greenberg, Don Mahoney, and Pete Veilleux, guided tour and plant sales at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley. Five concurrent workshops over two time slots:

  • Container gardening by Pete Veilleux
  • Wildlife gardening by Don Mahoney
  • Plants for dry shade by Katherine Greenberg
  • Rockeries in native plant gardens by Stephen Edwards
  • Aesthetic pruning by Jocelyn Cohen

Sunday participants are invited to bring a picnic lunch, and stay for afternoon plant sales and docented tours at two locations: Regional Parks Botanic Garden as well as Native Here Nursery, 101 Golf Course Road, Berkeley.

The symposium is organized by California Native Plant Society, Friends of Regional Parks Botanic Garden, and Pacific Horticulture.

Members and subscribers of the sponsoring organizations receive a discount on registration fees.

Space is limited and early registration is recommended.

For more information and to register, visit With questions, call Margot Sheffner 510-849-1627.

Fleming garden in late summer. Photo: Luke Hass