Information, Inspiration, Tools, & Education


  • Gardening with a Wild Heart by Judith Larner Lowry

  • The California Wildlife Habitat Garden: How to attract bees, butterflies, birds and other animals by Nancy Bauer

  • California Native Plants for the Garden by Carol Bernstein, David Frost, and Bart O'Brien

  • California Native Gardening: A month-by-month guide by Helen Popper

  • Wild Suburbia: Learning to garden with native plants by Barbara Eisenstein

  • Living Wild: Gardening, cooking and healing with native plants of California by Alicia Funk & Karin Kaufman

  • After the First Full Moon in April: A sourcebook of Herbal Medicine from a California Indian Elder by Josephine Peters & Beverly Ortiz

  • Bringing Nature Home: How native plants sustain wildlife in our gardens by Douglas W. Tallamy

  • Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Resources by M. Kat Anderson

  • The Garden Awakening: Designs to nurture our land and ourselves by Mary Reynold


  • California Native Plant Society

"We’re on a mission to save California’s native plants and places using both head and heart. CNPS brings together science, education, conservation, and gardening to power the native plant movement."

  • Calscape Native Plant Database

"Our goal at Calscape is to help Californians restore nature and save water one garden at a time. We do this by showing people which plants are really native to any location in the state, helping them figure out which ones they want, and where to buy them and how to grow them."


  • National Audubon Society's Native Plant Database

"By simply choosing native plants for our yards and public spaces, we can restore vital habitat for birds in our communities and help them adapt and survive in the face of climate change."

  • Xerces Society

"Region-specific resources to aid in the planning, establishment, restoration, and maintenance of pollinator habitat."

  • Pollinator Partnership

"Our ecoregional planting guides, 'Selecting Plants for Pollinators', are tailored to specific areas of the United States." 

  • Our City Forest Lawn Busters Program

"LAWN BUSTERS is here for people who otherwise couldn't afford to bust their lawn. Qualified homeowners (low income, seniors, veterans, disabled) receive subsidized services on a donation basis, including a landscape plan, materials, and labor for a water-wise turf conversion."

  • Our City Forest DIY Lawn Busters Youtube Station

"Our expert lawn busters have put together 9 instructional videos for you to learn our lawn conversion process."


  • South Bay Green Gardens Events

With a mission to conserve water, prevent pollution, and promote healthy soils. Workshops, classes and lectures throughout the Bay Area.

  • California Native Plant Society Events Calendar for Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

Lectures, workshops, hikes, garden workdays, restoration projects, volunteer opportunities and more to learn about, celebrate, and protect California native plants.

  • BAWSCA Landscape Education Classes in the Peninsula

Landscape Education Classes are offered in the Spring and Fall of each year. Learn how to garden beautifully while reducing your water use. Classes offered on:

  • Sustainable Landscaping

  • Understanding Water-Use Efficiency in the Landscape

  • Use of California Native and Drought Tolerant Plants

  • Creating Healthy Soil

  • Alternatives to Lawn

  • Habitat Gardening

  • Edible Landscaping

  • Water Efficient Irrigation Practices

  • Parent/Child Gardening Workshop