History Museum Offers Program on Gardening with Native Plants

LOS ALTOS, CA (May 11, 2021) – Los Altos History Museum teams up with Grassroots Ecology to offer a free program on Zoom titled “Gardening with Native Plants,” Wed, May 26, 5-6:30pm.

Habitat restoration expert Deanna Giuliano from Grassroots Ecology will share tips on how to choose native plants, and what to grow to attract different insects, birds, and other wildlife. She will discuss what grows locally, and describe what natives would thrive in specific habitats. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions for a Q&A session following the presentation.

Grassroots Ecology manages habitat restoration projects across Silicon Valley. Through its stewardship programs, volunteers keep invasive plants in check and plant a diversity of species in order to feed wildlife. “Indigenous Peoples were stewarding the land before the Europeans came,” Giuliano said. “And almost all native plants had indigenous uses.”

Giuliano is the Nursery Director and Botanical Consultant with Grassroots Ecology, and has nurtured thousands of native plants for over 20 restoration projects at the Grassroots Ecology Native Plant Nursery for over 15 years. “I hope this program will inspire people to grow natives in their own yards, and have more local fauna such as bees, butterflies and birds.”

Valerie Lee, the project lead with Grassroots Ecology, will moderate the Q&A session. She manages community stewardship projects at public open spaces in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, including Redwood Grove Nature Preserve, Byrne Preserve, O’Keefe Preserve, and Juan Prado Mesa Preserve.

Copies of the Grassroots Ecology book “San Francisco Bay Area Native Plants for the Garden” are available for purchase at the Museum Store or at the Grassroots Ecology Native Plant Nursery for $25 (or free with a plant order of $250 or more).

This free program is offered in support of the exhibition, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change” appearing in the Museum’s Main Gallery through July 11. To receive the Zoom link to “Gardening with Native Plants,” register at losaltoshistory.org/GardeningWplants.

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum is open Friday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The J. Gilbert Smith House remains temporarily closed. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit: losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org