Marin chapter, California Native Plant Society
CNPS holds two Native Plant Sales each year. In the spring wildflowers, native bulbs, and perennials are featured, and for the fall sale, native bunchgrasses, perennials and shrubs.
North Marin Water District
Our local water district funded the watering systems for native gardens that were installed at Green Point Nursery in 2013; the gardens demonstrate the latest in irrigation technology, including a weather-based irrigation controller. Three systems are featured; Netafim in-line drip systems, a solid line with individual emitters, (the garden berm), and MP rotator sprinklers (the No-Mow Lawn).
The gardens are irrigated with reclaimed water.
Novato Streetscape Maintenance Coalition Advisory Committee
It often takes the energy and vision of one person to get things moving in the right direction; CNPS member, Marcia Basalla, is just that sort of woman! Over the last several years, she has ‘adopted’ several traffic islands in Novato, and works with volunteers to re-landscape these areas with California native plants. She works closely with Novato DPW, and has been instrumental in convincing the city to incorporate more native plants in all their landscaped areas. Home Ground volunteers are growing many of the native plants needed for her projects.
Photographers, Bob and Mieko Watkins
After retiring in 2004, Bob and Mieko Watkins decided to leave the foggy Richmond district of San Francisco in order to enjoy the sunny weather and tranquil beauty of Marin County. Bob took full advantage of the scenic trails of Marin with daily hikes, and quite by chance discovered a talent for photography. Now, with sophisticated camera equipment along on every walk, Bob is always on the lookout for birds and other animals to photograph, and finds his hobby has helped him develop an ever increasing knowledge about birds and their habits.
Mieko is from Japan, and created a photo blog in order to share the beauty of her new Marin home with friends and relatives. Strolling through the grounds of the Marin Art and Garden Center, Mieko saw beautiful flowers to photograph, but wanted to know more about them. Charlotte, then Garden Education Manager at MAGC, was able to help with plant ID, and both Bob and Mieko have generously shared their beautiful photographs ever since.