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Getting a ride home from our Open House with my designated driver and Lobo!

Fall: A great time to plant!

Fall and early winter are great times to plant in much of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay area.  The warm soil encourages rapid root growth; cooler temperatures coupled with winter rains (hopefully!) mean you don't have to water your plants so much.  Contact us this fall for advice on what to plant and how to  to plant it. 

Find us at these Greater Bay Area events:

November 7th 2015: Fall Native Plant Sale & Water-Wise Landscaping Demonstration , Portola Valley Ranch, 1 Indian Crossing, Portola Valley CA
We'll be loading our truck with natives suited to the Portola Valley area for this fun fall event.  Not ready to plant yet?  Then come chat with us to see about placing an order for delivery later in the fall/winter season.

November 11th 2015: Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club
Join me, Gold Rush owner Nicky Hughes, at the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club for a lively talk on "Plants that deserve more of the limelight."  I'll be sharing pictures and knowledge of some of my favorite plants that you don't often see in Bay Area gardens.  I'll also be bringing a selection of plants for purchase.

March 16th-20th 2016: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, San Mateo Expo Center
NOT TO BE MISSED!   Whatever the weather and drought or no drought, the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is THE event in March!  Whatever your horticultural leaning, or if you're just learning, you'll find something to inspire you at the Show.  Tickets available at the show's website and at many retail nurseries throughout the Greater Bay Area. 

April 16th 2016: Spring Garden Market, San Jose,CA
Organized superbly by the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, this fun event is a horticultural street fair!  You'll find a multitude of nurseries with loads of plants - edible and ornamental, workshops, food trucks, good coffee and much more!

April 9th & 10th 2016: Going Native Garden Tour - Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Are you thinking about including California natives in your garden?  Visiting other people's native gardens is a great way to get ideas!  Register for this free self-guided garden tour and you'll have your pick of over 50 gardens in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to visit and inspire you.

Many of the gardens will also have speakers and/or guest nurseries holding a plant sale.  Gold Rush Nursery will be selling plants at one of the gardens on the Tour.  Check in closer to the time to find out which one. 


FREE money!  Financial incentives for losing your lawn

Just in case you hadn't heard, California is officially in a drought ... a SEVERE one!   For us gardeners and plant lovers, that means making adjustments to the way in which we garden.  These adjustments don't mean our yards have to resemble a desert full of rocks and cacti though! 

Many water districts are offering financial incentives to help us reduce our water use.  Depending on where you live, there may be rebates for losing your lawn, installing rainwater catchment systems, buying a cover for your swimming pool, installing grey water plumbing.  The amount of "free" money available can be quite significant, so check out the rebates!  The Soquel Creek Water District and Santa Clara Valley Water District both have excellent rebate programs.