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Scouting the “Top Seeds” in the Field

Castilleja

Not as obvious as leaves or as ostentatious as flowers, seeds are often overlooked in our appreciation of plant life. But don’t miss out on their beauty! In this guide, one of the Parks Conservancy’s seed experts picks her favorites. more >>


August 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Debunking Myths About California’s Native Plants

Wildflowers

Working with native plants all the time you begin to develop a huge soft spot for them and it becomes easy to forget that not everyone shares the same love and appreciation for our home-grown plants. But the question remains: why? more >>



It’s Transplantapalooza Season for the Nurseries!

Nursery volunteer

The native plant nurseries in the Golden Gate National Parks follow a unique cycle. Since we rely on the park itself for the seeds and plant material we propagate for restoration projects, the nurseries follow the natural cycle of the land. Right now? Transplanting time! more >>


July 2013 | Leave a comment

Freshly Picked, Tasty Tea Recipes

Strawberry tea leaves

Rather than going to your local grocery store, have you ever considered going out to your backyard for tea ingredients? You don’t need to look far to find plants that benefit your health, taste delicious, and—best of all—cost virtually nothing. more >>


May 2013 | Leave a comment

Growing Season: Nurseries Spring into Action

Oak Seedling

Just as it is for the home gardener, spring means planning and planting seeds for our park nurseries. See how we’re gearing up for another big season of growing plants for restoration projects in the Golden Gate National Parks. more >>


April 2013 | Leave a comment

The Four-Season Field Guide to Poison Oak

Poison Oak

“Leaves of three, let it be. If it’s hairy, it’s a berry. If it’s shiny, watch your hiney.” That famous rhyme can help you pick out poison oak—for part of the year. But, because Toxicodendron diversilobum is deciduous, what about the other seasons? more >>


April 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Early Spring Wildflowers: A Viewer’s Guide

Milk Maids

While the East is still buried under 3 feet of snow, harbingers of spring have begun to bloom all across the Golden Gate National Parks. What can you expect to see in March, as you explore one of our many park trails? more >>


March 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Our Romantic Plant of the Season

Wild strawberry

Love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there will be many sweet treats popping up on grocery store shelves and on restaurant menus to entice you and your Valentine. Many will contain one of nature’s sweetest offerings: strawberries. more >>


February 2013 | Leave a comment

Family Dinner: Holiday Foods' Park Relatives

Turkey and chicks

At your next holiday feast, impress friends and family with some fresh knowledge. Read on to learn the origins of popular holiday foods and discover their closest relatives, found in our parks. Please don’t forage for these items (quite a few are inedible)—but fill your plate with some food for thought! more >>


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Holly-daze: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Toyon berries

This plant, erroneously identified as “holly,” gave Hollywood its name. And its merry berries certainly lend a festive air to the parks during the holiday season. Read on to unmask this mystery plant. more >>


December 2012 | Leave a comment

 

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