UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County
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UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County

School Garden Plants & Seeds

Overview

This section lists various sources of planting materials, including plants and seeds. It also includes sources to help with plant selection in general and for various gardening purposes.

Sub-categories within this section:

Nurseries

The Watershed Project
The Watershed Project is a nonprofit organization offering a range of services to support healthy watersheds in the San Francisco Bay Area. Programs and services include workshops for educators and the general public about school gardening, gardening resources and grant information and assistance, and Teacher Action Grants to support teachers engaged in school gardening. The Project also has a demonstration garden featuring native plants as well as a propagation nursery offering plants for sale. It publishes a newsletter with helpful information and resources for school gardening.
http://www.thewatershedproject.org

Bay Friendly Gardening
The Bay Friendly Gardening Program operates under the auspices of StopWaste.Org. to sponsor a variety of programs promoting environmentally sound gardening practices. The program includes workshops; garden tours; and information on soil preparation, plant selection, and composting. The website contains a list of local nurseries that stock bay friendly plants and give a 10% discount with a downloadable flyer as well as a list of native plant sources throughout the Bay Area. The website also features links to sources for salvaged, recycled, and organic landscape materials and a variety of other garden resources.
http://www.stopwaste.org

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
This annual tour spotlights gardens throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties that feature a significant number of California native plants in their design. At the website below, you will find useful information on how to get started with natives, where to find plants, and which ones attract wildlife as well as other helpful resources.
http://bringingbackthenatives.net/gardening-info

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Seed Companies & Catalogues

 School Garden Wizard
School Garden Wizard is a website created for grades K 12 through a partnership between the United States Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden. It contains a beginning to end guide to school gardening from getting approval of your garden proposal through funding and design to sustaining your project. In turn, each section sets out a step by step description of what you will need and how to achieve a successful result. Helpful links and resources are included.
http://www.schoolgardenwizard.org

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Plant Selection

Bay Friendly Gardening
The Bay Friendly Gardening Program operates under the auspices of StopWaste.Org. to sponsor a variety of programs promoting environmentally sound gardening practices. The program includes workshops; garden tours; and information on soil preparation, plant selection, and composting. The website contains a list of local nurseries that stock bay friendly plants and give a 10% discount with a downloadable flyer as well as a list of native plant sources throughout the Bay Area. The website also features links to sources for salvaged, recycled, and organic landscape materials and a variety of other garden resources.
http://www.stopwaste.org

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
This annual tour spotlights gardens throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties that feature a significant number of California native plants in their design. At the website below, you will find useful information on how to get started with natives, where to find plants, and which ones attract wildlife as well as other helpful resources.
http://bringingbackthenatives.net/gardening-info

The Gardens at Heather Farm
The Gardens at Heather Farm include a variety of demonstration gardens featuring a broad range of plants situated in more than twenty demonstration gardens and learning sites. The gardens demonstrate low-maintenance, water conserving and environmentally friendly pest management methods, as well as stunning landscape techniques and designs.
http://www.gardenshf.org

Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates
This full color, 336 page award winning publication from the East Bay Municipal Utility District contains an exhaustive compilation of California native and Mediterranean plants suitable throughout Alameda County. The comprehensive plant lists as well as extensive photos of garden settings allow for easy selection to fit specific gardening needs and achieve a desired effect.
Available at local bookstores and online at http://www.ebmud.com/resource-center/publications

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Habitat & Native Plants

Bay Friendly Gardening
The Bay Friendly Gardening Program operates under the auspices of StopWaste.Org. to sponsor a variety of programs promoting environmentally sound gardening practices. The program includes workshops; garden tours; and information on soil preparation, plant selection, and composting. The website contains a list of local nurseries that stock bay friendly plants and give a 10% discount with a downloadable flyer as well as a list of native plant sources throughout the Bay Area. The website also features links to sources for salvaged, recycled, and organic landscaping materials and a variety of other garden resources.
http://www.stopwaste.org

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
This annual tour spotlights gardens throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties that feature a significant number of California native plants in their design. At the website below, you will find useful information on how to get started with natives, where to find plants, and which ones attract wildlife as well as other helpful resources.
http://bringingbackthenatives.net/gardening-info

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
The overall mission of the NWF is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. The website contains a step-by-step guide as well as related resources to help educators to garden for wildlife as part of their teaching.
http://www.nwf.org/schoolyard/

Urban Bee Gardens
This website provides a practical guide to introducing the world's most prolific pollinators into your garden and includes extensive listings of plants that attract bees.
http://nature.berkeley.edu/urbanbeegardens/index.html

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