We've now had two very dry winters in a row and, just in case you hadn't already heard, are officially in a drought! The sad fact is, though, we've been over-using our precious water resources for many years; the drought is just serving to hammer that home to many of us.
I suspect the water restrictions being put in place will become the new normal. For us gardeners and plant lovers, that means making adjustments to the way in which we garden. These adjustments, don't mean your yard has to resemble a desert full of rocks and cacti though!
Many water districts are offering financial incentives to help us reduce water wastage. For those of you who still have a lawn, please check out the rebates on offer for getting rid of it. The amount of "free" money available can be quite significant!
Remember that Gold Rush has always specialized in drought tolerant and habitat plants for the Greater San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. Once established, many of our plants will survive on rainfall alone.
This pioneering self-guided garden tour is now in its 12th year! It showcases gardens that are landscaped predominantly with California natives. You can visit a wide variety of gardens from small townhomes to 1 acre landscapes. Some of the gardens will have talks and/or have guest nurseries (including Gold Rush) holding plant sales. The tour is free, but you do need to register at the website in order to get a list of all the gardens that'll be open.
Gold Rush will be at the Foxborough Garden in Mountain View on Saturday and the Morrow-Rumbaugh garden in Saratoga on Sunday. We're happy to take advance orders for you to pick up at one of these gardens. Please remember that you must register at the Going Native Garden Tour website though,
The nursery's open on Fridays from 9am to 4pm. On other days, we're often out doing deliveries, design work or consultations. We don't want you to make a wasted journey, so please give us a call (831 359 9291) to make sure someone will be at the nursery to welcome you and answer your questions.