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Websites with relevance to gardeners in Tiburon, Belvedere, greater Marin county, and the San Francisco Bay area.
Bay Nature Magazine
Bay Nature explores the natural world of the Bay Area. The magazine's Web site contains excerpts from current and back issues, plus other information. The Library subscribes to Bay Nature.
California Garden Clubs
California Garden Clubs, Inc. is the statewide federation of garden clubs and plant societies. It is the largest nonprofit volunteer gardening organization in the state of California. An affiliation of over 250 garden clubs and plant societies throughout the state, CGCI represents more than 19,000 members. CGCI is devoted to the development of all phases of gardening, the betterment and beautification of the community, and the protection and conservation of our natural resources.
California Horticultural Society
The California Horticultural Society, located in San Francisco, holds programs, has on online bulletin, and features a very good list of gardening links.
The California Native Plant Society
The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide nonprofit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. The Society, working through its local chapters, seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations.
California Wildflower Hotsheet
A California wild flowers in bloom status report. The site gives you information on where and when to see wildflowers.
This site lets you search for California wildflowers by common name, Latin name, family genus, and also by color. It also provides a resource for further research on the various species.
Conservatory of Flowers
The Conservatory of Flowers, prominently situated near the eastern end of Golden Gate Park, is a spectacular living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants including palms, orchids, bromeliads, carnivorous plants, and many, many more. This Web site has photos, history, an inside the museum plan, and a featured plant link.
Environmental Forum of Marin
The Environmental Forum of Marin is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the quality of our environment through education.
A property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Filoli is a 654 acre estate in Woodside, 30 miles south of San Francisco. It is a rare, historically important example of an early 1900's country estate with magnificent gardens and where hundreds of rare flowers, plants, and trees flourish.
The Flora Project
The Flora Project at the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley. One of the main features is the online version, through the UC Berkeley Digital Library Project, of Willis Lynn Jepson's The Flora of California, a multi-volume series beginning in 1909 and continuing steadily through 1940. The online interchange for California floristics provides the latest information on identification, taxonomy, nomenclature, distribution, ecology, relationships, and diversity of California vascular plants.
Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT)
Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) was the first land trust in the United States to focus on farmland preservation. Founded in 1980 by a coalition of ranchers and environmentalists to preserve farmland in Marin County, MALT has so far permanently protected 32,000 acres of land on 47 family farms and ranches.
The Marin Art and Garden Center
The Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross supports and encourages art, horticulture and conservation. They have an environmental education program, a library, and several rooms available for special events. The Marin Garden Club, the Garden Society of Marin, and the Marin Society of Artists are founding groups of the MAGC. The Ross Valley Players has been performing in the Center's historic barn since the 1940's.
Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
The Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has a wealth of information on native flora, local organization information, great hikes scheduled for native plant viewing, and information on getting involved.
Marin Master Gardeners
The Marin Master Gardeners is a dedicated, trained group of volunteers with a shared love of gardening and horticulture. Through community service and educational outreach they provide home gardeners and community organizations the knowledge and skills to create a healthy environment for Marin County. The Statewide Master Gardeners is organized by the University of California Cooperative Extension and has the purpose of providing advice to the California home gardener.
Marin Rose Society
The goals of the Marin Rose Society, a chapter of the The American Rose Society, are to promote the culture, interest and appreciation of roses of all kinds and to educate gardeners of Marin County on rose nomenclature, rose types (classifications) and their uses, propagation, maintenance, and exhibiting techniques. They are affiliated with the Marin Art and Garden Center, and are working on an exciting rose garden there, where they will host pruning demonstrations and educational programs.
Northern California Daffodil Society
If you live in Northern California and you like daffodils, go here.
Pacific Horticulture is a nonprofit publication, written by and for gardeners in the West and in related climates around the world. Produced quarterly (January, April, July, October), the online link allows you to browse many of their articles.
Ruth Bancroft Garden
The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek demonstrates the beauty and excitement possible in a water-conserving landscape. Internationally recognized as one of the finest private gardens in North America, The Garden was the first in the United States to be sponsored by The Garden Conservancy.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
The mission of the San Francisco Botanical Garden is to create, sustain, and interpret a distinct, documented collection of Mediterranean, mild temperate and tropical cloud-forest displayed in designed gardens and habitats, and to provide a place of exceptional beauty and natural sanctuary.
University of California Botanical Garden
The University of California Botanical Garden is a living museum open to the public featuring one of the most diverse plant collections in the United States. Established in 1890, the Garden's 34 acres contain over 12,000 taxa and more than 20,000 accessions from all over the world arranged by region.