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  Registration 2010 for Natives Tour Opens!
January 31, 2010

Registration for the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour (which takes place on Sunday, May 2) is now open!  Register now at www.BringingBacktheNatives.net to receive your garden guide in the first mailing.  This event is expected to fill; registering at this time will reserve your place on the tour.

We would appreciate your forwarding this e-mail on to friends, neighbors, family members, or colleagues you think might be interested.

A variety of bird- and butterfly-friendly, pesticide-free, water conserving, low maintenance gardens that contain 50% or more native plants will be open on Sunday, May 2, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. More than 40 garden talks will be scheduled throughout the day.

Visit  www.BringingBackTheNatives.net and browse the "Preview the Gardens" section to read garden descriptions, view garden photos, and more. Preregistration is required.

Native plants will be sold at numerous locations over the course of the week-end in the Tour’s Native Plant Sale Extravaganza; see http://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/native-plant-sale-extravaganza for more information.

Volunteers are needed to spend a morning or afternoon greeting tour participants and answering questions about natives.  Complete the Volunteer section of the registration form if you would like to help out this year. Benefits to volunteers include: invitations to Garden Soirees, in which tour gardens are open to hosts and volunteers; a pre-tour meeting with the owner and private tour of the garden you will be staffing; a guaranteed tour reservation for the half day you are free; a Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour t-shirt, and, perhaps best of all, heartfelt thanks for helping to educate the general public about the many pleasures and benefits of gardening with California native plants.  You can browse the website at http://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/preview-the-2010-gardens to choose the garden you would like to be assigned to. For more information, please e-mail Kathy Kramer at mailto:Kathy@KathyKramerConsulting.net, or call (510) 236-9558 between 9 am and 9 pm.

Applications for the 2011 Tour are being accepted. You can download the application form from the Tour website at http://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/garden-host-application.

This year, for the first time, we are not distributing Tour fliers. If you are able to print and distribute fliers, we would be grateful.  The flier can be downloaded from http://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/docs/2010-flier.pdf

The Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour has been free to all participants since its inception because we want to get the word out far and wide about the benefits to all of us that come from gardening with native plants. So there is no charge to attend.  However, given decreasing public agency support in this era of budget cutting, we find it necessary to turn to you, our participants and supporters, to help us keep the tour going and to help keep it free to those who cannot afford to pay. It takes time and money to put on the tour and prepare all of the materials. In fact, it costs about $15 per participant. So if you are able and willing to help defray the expense of putting on this annual educational and inspirational event, we would truly grateful for your assistance. Please follow the instructions in the registration form to make your contribution, or you can donate here http://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/please-donate.
We hope you enjoy this year's Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour!

Kathy Kramer
Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour Coordinator
(510) 236-9558