Welcome to Native Here Nursery

               Upcoming events

                September 28       Manzanita Day

                Later this fall         Ferns and Friends

                March – April        Flowering Annuals

                More events       TBD

 

Nursery News

Keeping plant diseases at bay

We are very pleased that Crystal Leanza has joined us at Native Here to help us prevent plant diseases.  She will focus on phytophthoras which are now a problem for every nursery in the state, not just native plant nurseries like ours.

Tree work

Every year there is tree work to be done to keep the nursery from getting too shady.   This year we’re concentrating on the back section.  Already it is a lot sunnier than it has been for years, which is good because we grow our Mt. Diablo plants there.

New and unique volunteer opportunities

We have some new and different requests for assistance this summer, including a couple that don’t require any plant knowledge, just a desire to help:

  • Creating an accurate inventory of non-plant items at Native Here (one-time job; 30-40 hours)
  • Sterilizing our potting soil before it’s used (ongoing)
  • Inventorying our growing areas for the first time (plant knowledge is useful here.)
  • Repotting our specimen plants (one-time job, 40 hours)
  • Growing ground covers or other special plant types (e,g, ferns, or you name it)
  • Watering our plants through the dry season
  • Grooming our plants to keep them healthy and beautiful

More complete descriptions and contact information are available on the volunteer page

As you may know, our nursery operates and thrives thanks to all our amazing volunteers. We are always welcoming

 

and encouraging new people to come by and join the team! Here are a few things volunteers have been working on and also things we’d love more help with:

  • Dry brushing pots. We’ve been able to solarize so many pots in order to sanitize them and we are thankful to those who have spent countless hours brushing the dirty pots.
  • Potting up plants
  • Watering! We always need people to water the plants, especially during the summer. Please let us know if you’d like to water weekly or even be a substitute for our regulars.
  • Weeding and tending to the areas around the nursery.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to connect with others that love the outdoors and all the native plants within our communities. Charli and John are a dynamic duo that facilitate an amazing environment to learn and grow. Please let us know if you have any questions about getting involved and feel free to stop by anytime during our open hours!

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