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The garden is located at the intersection of Wildcat Canyon Road and South Park Drive in Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley, CA


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April 2015

Regional Parks Botanic Garden
Spring Sale of
California Native Plants

Saturday, April 18, 2015
10 am–3 pm

Friends-only sale 9–10 am
Friends of Regional Parks Botanic Garden memberships
can be purchased at the door starting at 8:30 am on April 18
California shrubs, trees, perennials
Horticultural advice gladly given!
Wildcat Canyon Road
(between Anza View Road and S. Park Drive)
near the Brazilian Room in Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley    510-544-3169    
Please bring boxes or a small wagon to carry your purchases home
Celebrate the Regional Parks Botanic Garden’s 75th anniversary
Sale proceeds directly benefit the Garden

Whether you’re a pro or an amateur gardener, please support the
Botanic Garden on April 18th (rain or shine!)

Tips for Successful Shopping at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden’s Plant Sale
1.  Make a list of the plants you want before you come to the sale. If you have the time, come to the garden during open hours (8:30 am to 5 pm) one or two days before the sale to see what plants are available and where those plants are located in the sale area. If you can’t come before the sale, be open to not finding everything on your list but perhaps finding some exciting surprises instead.
2. Join the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden—membership grants you admission to the sale at 9 am, an hour before everyone else. If you don’t have time to join the Friends beforehand, you can join at the sale starting at 8:30 am on April 18 (the day of the sale).
3.  Arrive at the sale early; the selection is best at the beginning. Many people arrive at least an hour before the sale opens and wait in line. To make that experience more pleasant, dress warmly and bring hot drinks. Peruse the plant list (available at a few days before the sale) and the sale area map (we’ll hand them out to those in line). Get to know your neighbors in line: You have a big interest in common: native plants!
4. Take advantage of the knowledgeable volunteers and garden staff members (wearing brightly colored armbands) to get advice or answers to your questions.
5.  Use the holding area to store your plants as you shop. You can add to your collection of plants in the holding area as you go.
6.  Bring boxes or a small wagon for carrying your plants from the sale area to the holding area and for carrying your plants home.
7.  If the cashier line is really long, go for a stroll in the garden before you get in that line. Or take time for an early lunch or snack: Enjoy it in the garden if it’s warm or at the Tilden Golf Course’s Grizzly Grill if it’s chilly.
8.  Bring your checkbook, credit card, or plenty of cash—there’s nothing more disappointing than getting to the cashier and realizing you’ve gathered up more plants than you have money with you.
9.  Don’t forget to visit the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden table. You’ll find native seeds and books on natives for sale. You’ll also find very “Friendly” volunteers to help you select seed as well as chat with you about what we do, the classes we offer, and the benefits of joining the Friends if you’re not a member.


Bringing Back the
Natives Garden Tour


Sunday, May 3, 2015, 10 am–5 pm

A free, self-guided tour of 30 Alameda and Contra Costa county gardens

This delightful collection of native plant gardens ranges from Al Kyte’s 40-year-old wildlife oasis to brand new installations, from large lots in the hills to small front-yard gardens, from local native plants to natives from throughout California, and from gardens designed and installed by owners to those designed and installed by professionals.



• Passes to 30 gardens
• Garden Guide that provides details on each garden
• Garden talks scheduled throughout the day

Learn how to:
• Select and care for California native plants
• Attract butterflies, birds and bees to your garden
• Garden without pesticides (and protect your children and pets!)
• Lower your water bill

California native plants are naturally adapted to local soils and climate, thrive without amendments, fertilizers, or pesticides, and offer incomparable habitat value to wildlife. Discover more about the possibilities California native plants offer at a variety of lovely gardens open on Sunday, May 3, 2015 for the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

On Sunday, May 3, from 10:00 to 5:00, the Native Plant Sale Extravaganza will take place. During the Extravaganza a number of nurseries specializing in California natives, many not normally open to the public, will carry large quantities of hard-to-find California natives.
Registration is required. Registrants will receive a Garden Guide containing descriptions of each garden and directions. Early registration is suggested to ensure a place.

Visit to register for the tour, view photos of the gardens, read garden descriptions, download plant lists for each garden, obtain contact information for landscapers that specialize in native plant gardens, and more.



or call (510)236-9558 between 9 am and 9 pm.
  • Register for the tour
  • See photos of the gardens
  • View descriptions and plant lists
  • Find native plant landscapers


And so have the flowers!!


We will be conducting our 2015 plant surveys of our two endangered plants, the Contra Costa Wallflower in April and the Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose in May at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge in Antioch.  It’s a great opportunity to visit a special place that is not always open to the public.  There are plenty of wildflowers and butterflies to enjoy.  Please feel free to share this information with others who might be interested.  Here's the lowdown:


  • Contra Costa Wallflower Surveys will be on Wed. and Thurs., April 22 and 23, from 8:30am to 4:00pm.
  • Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose surveys will be on Wed. and Thurs., May 20 and 21, from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

WHO?  USFWS staff and adult volunteers who love to get out of the office/house and enjoy nature.  We like to have around 10-15 people per day.  Training will be done on-site that day.

WHAT TO WEAR, BRING and EXPECT? Long pants (there can be scratchy plants and stickers), layered clothing, sturdy walking shoes, lunch and water bottle, sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and gaitors if you like to use them to keep plant parts out of your socks   Raingear is optional (you never know).  Morning temperatures can be chilly, too.  We walk all day (with several breaks) on mixed, sometimes hilly terrain, with some plants/trees to step over, under and around. That means good exercise, fresh air, wildlife and wildflowers to see and enjoy.

WHERE?  Antioch Dunes NWR (Contra Costa County): See Directions below.

You can sign up for one or more days.  For inquiries and to RSVP, please contact Susan Euing by email at or call office at 510-521-9717.  Sign up early and tell your friends!

Contra Costa Wallflower
Erysimum capitatum var. angustatum

Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose
Oenothera deltoides var. howelli

Antioch Dunes NWR (Contra Costa County) – There are two separate units, Stamm and Sardis, each about 1 mile apart from each other.

From 680 heading north (near Walnut Creek/Concord), take Hwy. 242 E, which will lead you onto Hwy 4 E towards Pittsburg/Antioch.  Continue on Hwy 4 for Xx miles to Antioch.
From 680 heading south (from Benicia/Martinez), take Hwy 4 E towards Pittsburg/Antioch.
From here, see directions below for the day you will be going.

WEDNESDAYS:  Surveys will be held at the Stamm Unit at 501 Fulton Shipyard Rd. in Antioch, 94509.

At Antioch, take A Street/Lone Tree Way exit and go L under freeway.  Proceed about 1 mile on A Street and then go R onto Wilbur Avenue.  At Fulton Shipyard Rd. (first light) go L.  Cross RR tracks and then see large brown refuge sign (2nd driveway on R).  Park along refuge fence line.

THURSDAYS:  Surveys will be held at the Sardis Unit at 1551 Wilbur Avenue in Antioch, 94509.

At Antioch, take A Street/Lone Tree Way exit and go L under freeway.  Proceed about 1 mile on A Street and then go R onto Wilbur Avenue.  Proceed on Wilbur about 1 mile, cross over a concrete bridge and look for two large PG&E towers on L.  The entrance gate will be on the L between the two towers.  See large brown refuge sign next to gate.  Turn L into entrance and park at the bottom of driveway.

If lost or plans have changed that day, please call Susan @ 510 377 5928.

2015 Botany Classes at Siskiyou Field Institute

Explore the plant universe, learn about the role of native bees in pollination, improve your lichen sectioning skills, and botanize in the field with fellow enthusiasts! Southern Oregon’s Siskiyou Field Institute is offering a wide array of classes on plants this spring and summer.
Siskiyou Field Institute's mission is to introduce people to one of the most diverse and intriguing bioregions in the world—the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains—through field-based natural history classes. Classes offer lifelong learning opportunities in this wonderful region. Whether you're curious about birds or botany, butterflies or geology, wildflower photography or nature writing — you're sure to find classes at Siskiyou Field Institute that catch your interest.
For information about botany classes at Siskiyou Field Institute, visit

Lodging is available at Siskiyou Field Institute’s Deer Creek Center ( in Selma, OR, or in campgrounds  for classes further afield. The Deer Creek Center is an 850-acre property situated at the gateway to the Illinois River Canyon, nestled up against the Siskiyou Mountains and overlooking the beautiful Deer Creek Valley. Deer Creek Center’s facilities include unlimited primitive camp sites, two yurts, a state-of-the-art solar bathhouse and a covered picnic pavilion. There is also  a large classroom, three private bedrooms, a dorm room that sleeps six, a fully stocked kitchen, a spacious great room in the historic Kendeda House.

Upcoming Classes

A click here will take you to a full description of the class as well as the class registration form
Friday-Saturday, May 1–2 Botanizing California: Table Mountain and Feather Falls from Oroville in the Northern Sierra Foothills Space Available
Saturday, May 9, 10 am–12 pm Gardens All Abuzz: Partnering with Pollinators
Space Available
Saturday, June 6, 10 am–4 pm On-the-Trail Nature Journaling Space Available
Illustration/Photo Credits

John Rusk

Pacific Coast Irises,  Trillium chloropetalum, Heuchera, western bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa), manzanita


Courtesy of Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

Contra Costa wallflower and the Antioch Dunes evening primrose