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Marin-friendly Gardening with Natives

  • Gathering Thyme 1447 Fourth Street San Rafael, CA 94901 (map)

Sat, Feb 29 from 10-12pm

Gardeners in Marin County are blessed with wonderful weather, diverse habitats, and a plethora of native plants (1800 species) that will make your gardens buzz.  The benefits of gardening with native plants are many:  they are easy to manage and maintain, they are drought tolerant, they benefit wildlife and pollinators, and many native plants are medicinal too!  Come learn about some easy to grow natives that perform well in Marin gardens and the benefits of inviting them into your space.

COST: $40 if pre-registered. $50 at the door.

Jaime Pawelek is a native bee biologist and gardener in Richmond, CA.  She has been studying native bees since 2005 and loves teaching people about bees, as well as designing gardens for bees and other pollinators.  She currently works as a bee taxonomist (identifying bees to species) at UC Berkeley, where she got her B.S. in Conservation and Resources Studies.  Jaime spent several years traveling all over California (and Costa Rica!) studying the relationships between bees and their favorite flowers.  She has given educational talks to Master Gardeners, Native Plant Society Chapters, Beekeeper Associations, garden clubs, and schools and she loves sharing her passion for pollinators.

Jaime began taking classes at Gathering Thyme in the summer of 2016 and started caring for one of the herbal gardens as part of her studies.  Growing her own medicine has helped her expand her botanical knowledge and has given her a new love of plants for their nourishment and healing properties.  Jaime has been gardening professionally for several years and specializes in growing organic food, cut flowers, herbs, fruit, pollinator plants, native plants and now medicinal herbs!  She has been amazed to learn that most of her favorite bee-plants are also valuable medicinal plants, like California poppy, gumplant, and calendula.