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May 8th at 7:30pm

Gardening for Habitat with Native Plants

with Arvind Kumar


The Garden House at Shoup Park

400 University Ave., Los Altos.

Why do we garden?

Is it only for beauty and to enhance the curb appeal of houses? Or does the garden also play a role in the local ecology? 

A software engineer by training,

Arvind Kumar has been growing native plants

in his home garden in San Jose for 22 years. He coordinates volunteer workdays at the 2-acre Native Garden in Lake Cunningham Park. He is a board member and former president of California Native Plant Society (Santa Clara Valley Chapter).

Read more about this talk

Plant Share

Look around your garden and bring us a sample of what you love most in your early spring garden. Or, do you have a plant you would love but can’t seem to get it to love you back?

Bring it and get some suggestions from your fellow members on how to improve your relationship!

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When you’re nervous about stepping outside of your comfort zone, remind yourself;

“It feels scary because it’s unfamiliar, not because I’m incapable.”

~Michelle C. Clark

Vice president, Board members and Corresponding Secretary; 

these positions are still open.

Get to know your fellow WHS members and help keep the society vibrant and well rounded. If you have an interest in helping in any one of these capacities, or feel you can help in any other way, feel free to e-mail us at or speak to any of the current board members.


Carman's Nursery
Nancy Schramm
8470 Pharmer Road,
Gilroy, CA 95020
hours: Thur, Fri, Sun 10am-5pm
408 841-2313

Pam Callaghan Horticulturist
Landscape Design
707 895-3958

Eden Garden
Urban Farm
Barbara Scott

Hammerschmidt Construction
Design Build Residential Remodeling Contractor, Will Install Hardscape
1574 Country Club Drive,  
Los Altos, CA 94024
650 948-4200

Inviting Gardens
Christine Gertner
Garden Design

415 722-0992

Jeremy Moss
Waterwise Irrigation & Sprinklers
408 220-8092

NativeVista Gardening
Sandy Morgans
650 799-1217

Sage Creek Horticulture
Susan Stansbury
Environmental Design & Fine Gardening

San Marcos Growers, Inc
Mike Craib, Sales Representative

Terra Sole Nursery LLC


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