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We’re happy to report that Native Here reopened to the public on June 13. Out of concern for the safety and well-being of our customers and volunteers, at present we are only accepting online orders for curbside pickup. Although we regret that we weren’t able to serve our customers this past spring, our temporary closure due to coronavirus precautions did give us time to do a lot of projects at the nursery so we can serve customers better in the future.
Now that summer is here, we’re looking for more volunteers to help with nursery tasks. The health of our volunteers is very important to us, and we have developed ways to work safely at the nursery. We especially need volunteers to help with watering during the dry season. Also, we would love to have an additional volunteer to help our regular crew sterilize soil during the next two to three months, when the demand for soil is heaviest. Neither of these tasks requires plant knowledge; we’ll show you what needs to be done. If you would like to help, you can find more details and contact information on the Volunteer Opportunities page of the Native Here Nursery website. There are many intangible rewards for volunteering at Native Here Nursery, and some tangible ones too. Annual spring wildflowers usually sell quickly at the nursery. This spring, when the shutdown made it impossible to sell our crop of annuals, Native Here Nursery co-founder John Danielsen gave them away to the volunteers and covered the cost. They have been very popular and much appreciated.
To support our new website, we needed to take an accurate inventory of the growing areas, where we keep new plants that are not yet ready to sell. This was made much easier because no plants were being moved in response to sales, but it was still a major project that took a month to complete. Next we updated the inventory of the sales area; that inventory was already in good shape and only took a couple of days, again made easier because no plants moved.At the Native Here Nursery, a mind-boggling 20,000 plants are available – all from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties specifically. There is something for every garden and a wealth of hardy and clay-tolerant plants on offer. In addition to its special staples of wild ginger, Douglas iris and huckleberry, the nursery will have local manzanitas, packets of bulbs and an assortment of ferns. (Source: www.ebparks.org)