Garden Tour Scheduled for Sunday

Tam Starita    Pink checker bloom, orange poppies, deep purple blue witch, and yellow monkey flower and goldenrod welcome visitors to Gretchen Pivonka’s garden, part of this Sunday’s “Bringing Back the Natives” Garden Tour.

An expected 35 gardens and nurseries featuring plants native to California will be open this Sunday May 5, as part of the “Bringing Back the Natives” Garden Tour, including a few in Alameda. The self-guided tour will take visitors to gardens designed to be attractive, low maintenance, provide habitat for polinators, while also using less water.

Gardens on the tour include those designed by Alamedans: Robin and Neil Heyden, Jennifer Hurley and Dan Gaff, Natalie and Armand and Gretchen Pivonka. Fellow gardeners can learn tips along the way.

To find out more and to take the tour, visit Questions? E-mail or call 236-9558 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.