Registration for the Going Native Garden Tour opened today. Here's what the web site says:
"Since 2003, the Bay Area's pioneering native garden tour has showcased gardens featuring California native plants. This community-based tour is free of charge to the public upon successful registration. Each tour features about 45 gardens, most of them private home gardens, which are open on tour day for viewing by the public in a do-it-yourself, open house format."
Town mouse has had her garden on the tour for 3 years running, and has really enjoyed the opportunity to share the garden, talk about native plants and waterwise gardening, and answer questions. Each garden has a greeter and one or more docents, and a small number of dedicated volunteers all the other work (garden selection, website, handing out materials, ordering and distribution T-Shirts, PR--it makes me tired just to imagine it).
This years tour is Sunday, April 19, 10am - 4pm.
Here are a few pictures from last year's tour, taken in the winter before the tour. The web site has a lot of additional information, including links, plant lists (print before you visit!) and the sign-up. There are also pages for each garden with additional pictures.