Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour and Green Home Features Showcase (In-Person) • May 6 and May 7, 2023, 10am - 5pm

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

Registration for the free, Nineteenth Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour and Green Home Features Showcase is now open. This year there will be four days of inspiration: two days online, and two days in-person, and, for the second time the Tour will also showcase green home features.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, 10:00-5:00
Free with Registration:

In-Person Tour

The award-winning in-person Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour and Green Home Features Showcase will allow registrants to visit more than fifty beautiful, water-conserving native plant gardens on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7—from 10:00-5:00. All of the homes have native plant gardens; more than a dozen will be sharing their green home features, such as solar panels and batteries, induction ranges, heat pumps, and more.

Registrants will learn how to design a native plant garden for color and interest throughout the year, garden for wildlife, lower their water bills, protect their family's health and the environment by gardening without using pesticides, and answering questions about electrification.

What’s special about California native plants? They are adapted to our soil and climate, naturally water-conserving, and easy to care for. California native plants are better than non-native plants when it comes to attracting native birds, butterflies, and other forms of wildlife. And, as the gardens on the Tour show, these lovely gardens display a sense of place that is uniquely Californian.

This year’s Tour features 55 Alameda and Contra Costa county gardens and twenty green homes, which can be seen on the Tour’s website. You can view photos of each of these gardens, read a description of the garden and print out its plant list at View the 2023 Gardens.

The exemplary landscapes on the Tour hope to inform, inspire and motivate you to incorporate native plants into your own gardens. They contain at least 60% native plants, are pesticide-free, water-conserving, and provide habitat for wildlife.

A very special thank you to the garden hosts and designers for opening their wonderful gardens to the public, and to volunteers for sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors. We are deeply grateful for the support of sponsors, including local businesses, agencies, and non-profits and individuals.

This program is brought to you by Bringing Back the Natives.