Upcoming Talks and Events

The symposium takes place Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Auditorium 8338 of Building 8300 at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills,

Creating Habitat in the Dry Garden

The symposium takes place Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Auditorium 8338 of Building 8300 at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills,

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As gardeners, we appreciate pretty flowers and beautiful greenery, but a garden can also provide movement by feeding and housing our fellow creatures. Watching hummingbirds nectar, seeing a caterpillar grow and change, and viewing baby birds as they leave their nest for the first time are delightful experiences that transform how we view our gardens’ role within the local ecosystem.

Landscaping with California native plants is a proven technique for creating low-water, low- maintenance gardens that also provide refuge for wildlife and repair the damage to our urban and suburban areas. Be inspired to create a garden that welcomes wildlife by attending the Native Horticultural Symposium “Creating Habitat in the Dryland Garden” on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

The presenters will be:

Judith Larner Lowry, author and owner of Larner Seeds, will present “The Importance of Being Local, for Habitat and Design” discussing the deep reasons to use locally native plants in the habitat garden, from the perspectives of the purist, the bees, and the designer.

Sara Leon Guerrero, researcher at the Urban Bee Lab, U.C. Berkeley, will present “Native Bees Need You!” and describe how native pollinators benefit our gardens, showing some of the most common local bees with their favorite nectar and pollen-rich plants to grow in your garden.

Liam O’Brien, illustrator, lepidopterist, and conservationist, will present “The Butterflies of San Francisco: How They Relate to Your Garden” and describe the butterflies in the tiny geographical area of San Francisco.

Frederique Lavoipierre, Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, will present “Hedgerows as Habitat” and show how you can take a boring, monoculture hedge and transform it into a magnet for wildlife.

Bart O’Brien, author and Manager, Regional Parks Botanic Garden, will present “Designing your Habitat Garden” and describe easy, practical steps which you can take now to create a landscape rich in wildlife and movement.

just west of the I-280 Moody/El Monte Road exit. Free parking, with easy access and wheelchair accessibility, is available in Foothill College Lot 8.

Early registration (by August 31) is $90 per person for the general public, $80 per person for CNPS members, or $55 per person for students; late registration is $100 for the general public, $90 for CNPS members, or $65 for students. Register in advance at www.cnps-scv.org; same-day registration (if space is available) begins at 8:00 a.m.

A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.

For more information: www.cnps-scv.org email: symposium2016@cnps-scv.org or call: 650- 260-3450