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Monday, January 7, 4-5:30 pm:
Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for California Gardens, a talk by Arvind Kumar
Evergreen Library, 2635 Aborn Road, San Jose (408) 808-3060

New to native plants? Do you want to include native plants in the garden for beauty, habitat, and sustainability, but don’t know where to start? Come to this talk and learn about easy-to-grow native plants (trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals) for the home garden.

Arvind Kumar has been gardening with native plants for over 12 years, and is the past president of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS. Handouts and plant lists will be available.


Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 pm:
Planning a Native Rain Garden, a talk by Alan Hackler
Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga (408) 867-6126

The season’s first rains are pouring down, running off your roof, down your driveway and into the streets, storm drains, creeks and ultimately to the Bay and ocean. What if you could capture that runoff instead and use it for your garden, with the excess percolating downward to recharge our local aquifers and purifying the water as it passes through the soil?

Learn how rain gardens keep rain water on site. Find out what they are, how to construct them, and which California native plants are best suited for them.

Alan Hackler is the owner of Bay Maples, a design-build firm and native plant nursery in the South Bay. His own rain garden was on the Going Native Garden Tour and he has built many rain gardens for clients. Alan studied permaculture and environmental studies, and is a Build-It-Green member with LEED, Greywater, and Master Gardener accreditations.
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