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BAY AREA GARDENING COMMUNITY - GARDENS, CLUBS, IDEAS, SALES

The Bay Area Garden Community is rich with diversity, wonder and passion for plants. Plants not only provide fresh air for us to breathe they heal us in so many ways. Look for gardeners and landscapers who can help create a landscape full of edible, medicinal and beautiful plants. Use California's native species and explore other gardens and species that grow here blossom in so many ways.

Garden Clubs


California Horticultural Society Cal Hort" to its members, the Society is the oldest plant association in California. In the winter of 1933 an unusually frigid air mass withered gardens in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. A small group of concerned gardeners met to compare plant survival information, and they became the nucleus of the present Society.

California Native Plant Society Originally formed in 1965 in the east bay region, the (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. The Society seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to all. Our members have diverse interests including natural history, botany, ecology, conservation, photography, drawing, hiking, and gardening.

The Inverness Garden Club, located on the Point Reyes peninsula, founded in 1934. Today the Club is a 160-member group of both sexes and all ages, from 12 to 95. We are a non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status.

Evergreen Valley Garden ClubWe're a new San Jose vicinity garden club dedicated to a shared interest in "hands on" gardening. The purpose of the club is to share an avid interest in gardening with like-minded women; and to further our knowledge and practical skills.

The San Francisco Garden Club San Francisco, CA Founded in 1926; 350 members. Annual fundraiser benefits Conservatory of Flowers, Strybing Arboretum, Uc Berkeley Landscape Awards, City College Alice Eastwood Scholarships. Civic participation: Fine Arts Museum's Bouquets to Art, Filoli, Fall Antiques Show.

Plant sales and event resources


California Horticultural Society Cal Hort" to its members, the Society is the oldest plant association in California. In the winter of 1933 an unusually frigid air mass withered gardens in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. A small group of concerned gardeners met to compare plant survival information, and they became the nucleus of the present Society.

www.goingnativegardentour.comGreat resource for Garden show and plant sale information here in the Bay Area.

Small Space Garden Ideas


What can you do in a small yard, patio or courtyard to create a garden feeling and have a smaller enjoyable garden? Our landscape designers have suggested some ideas that may help you in creating your space.

  • Minature gardens even 3'x3' can be incredibly diverse and incorporate almost all garden features in a miniature scale. Bonsai is a perfect example of miniature gardens that possess some of the beauty and feel of full size gardens. Many people think Bonsai takes years to learn and is very difficult but actually many of the aspects of Bonsai can be incorporated into smaller gardens quite easily.

  • Dont use big plants, or garden features in small spaces. Crowding the space may actually make the space appear smaller.

  • Small fences and small mounds or hills stir curiosity about what's on the other side. this may help the yard seem larger once you can see beyond it.

  • Eliminate plants and items in the front of your space that block your view Prune trees high, use small-leaf species, dwarf trees, and plants that allow you to see through them.

  • Paint a scene of a landscape or garden feature mural on an exposed wall Arrange plants rocks or paths so they wind back and forth rather than going straight back into the space.

  • Seperate garden areas to make interesting changes from one section to the next

  • Change materials or patterns along the path or theme line to keep interest in creativty as the line is followed.

  • Create paths or river beds that go into a wall, corner or behind a plant or stone to give the illusion that it continues.

  • Decorate the roof of a overhang, the walls of a courtyard, or the floor of a patio to fit into the garden design

  • Mix spacing of plants and features use raised beds or pots in the design.

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