[fosc] how to get free natives

Kathy Kramer kathy at kathykramerconsulting.net
Sat Mar 25 19:31:16 PST 2006

I was going to add a second thought to my original post regarding 
obtaining free native plants, but a yowling child induced me to press 
"send" too quickly.  I was thinking that there are most likely a 
number of native plant gardeners who have volunteer natives, or 
cuttings, that could be used for the median strip and sidewalk 
plantings. I could offer a number of plants from my garden; I suspect 
others could as well.

Are there any at all funds available?  Nurseries offer discounts to 

Also, last year Annie's Annuals (one nursery) donated 15 flats of 
natives to my son's pre-school; not all were annuals.  Multiple 
nurseries could be contacted and natives requested.  I think 
contacting several nursuries could be a good source of free natives.

Natives could also be solicited through CNPS' newsletter, or the Cal 
natives list-serve.  Recently I asked hosts on the Bringing Back the 
Natives Garden Tour for plant donations that a non-profit could sell, 
and we got a terrific response.


>    Thank you, this is helpful. Of course, the project is looking for a much
>larger quantity of plants, especially those that bloom year-round :)
>Edward G
>-----Original Message-----
>From: fosc-bounces at lists.sausalcreek.org
>[mailto:fosc-bounces at lists.sausalcreek.org]On Behalf Of Kathy Kramer
>Sent: Friday, March 24, 2006 2:00 PM
>To: fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org
>Subject: [fosc] planting with natives
>I was reading the discussion about planting with natives (or not) and
>the need for donated plants.
>Nurseries will give unsold plants to non-profits; Annie's Annuals, in
>Richmond, has been most generous in this way. Last year they donated
>about 15 flats of natives to my son's pre-school. This year they have
>provided 6 flats of cream cups; three flats went to the Alameda
>Butterfly Garden, three flats to the pre-school. Should you wish to
>reach Annie's, they are at (510) 215-1326.
>Other nurseries will donate their unsold natives also, should you
>wish to find a source closer to home.
>Message: 3
>Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 20:43:24 -0800
>From: "Edward Goehring" <ebgb at sbcglobal.net>
>Subject: Re: [fosc] Response to Dimond Planting
>To: "Friends Of Sausal Creek"
>	<fosc-sausalcreek.org at lists.sausalcreek.org>
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>     The project I and others are starting depends on donated plants. If you
>or FoSC have a source for free native plants, I'd be happy to consider
>restricting the planting effort to California natives only (for all the good
>reasons you've set forth).
>Edward G
>-----Original Message-----
>From: fosc-bounces at lists.sausalcreek.org
>[mailto:fosc-bounces at lists.sausalcreek.org]On Behalf Of Sue Morgan
>Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2006 6:22 PM
>To: FOSC List
>Subject: [fosc] Response to Dimond Planting
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