In 2010, the California Native Plant Society succeeded in having the state legislature designate the third week in April as California Native Plant Week, a time to highlight the value of endemic flora. This year, California Native Plant Week runs from Saturday, April 15, through Sunday, April 23.
Why are native plants important? First, they attract the insects and birds that pollinate our food and flower crops. Next, they’re low maintenance, if grown in the proper areas, and they can help prevent wildfires. Finally, landscaping with native plants is an excellent way to cut water use, which is especially important in our drought-prone state.
To find books on native plants in the Marin County Free Library, type the following, as a Subject, into the Search Box of the Marinet Bibliocommons catalog: Native Plants for Cultivation. To see the newest titles first, click on the “Sort by” feature above the list and select “Published date.” To find books on related topics, try the following subject headings: Native Plant Gardening, Butterfly Gardening, Gardening to Attract Wildlife, Gardening to Attract Birds, Xeriscaping, and Drought-tolerant plants.