GNGT 2020 Garden Submission

Note: private gardens must be submitted by their owners.

Sat, May 04 (South), Sun, May 05 (North), 2019. Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm

The 2020 Going Native Garden Tour will showcase gardens with 60% or more California native plants. These gardens provide habitat for wildlife, conserve water, and are free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Visitors can see that beautiful native plant gardens are possible for everyone because the gardens range from small townhome gardens to multi-acre lots in the country side and include sun, shade, clay, sand, and many other conditions.


Summary of the requirements for submitting a garden for the 2020 GNGT:

  1. You must be the owner of the garden you are submitting, and you must accept a Waiver of Liability (this is required by the tour sponsors). You will see that waiver on the next page.

  2. The garden must be in San Mateo County or Santa Clara County.

  3. At least 60% of the garden areas on tour must be California Native plants. You can submit the entire garden, or only the part that is predominantly native (e.g. front or back).

  4. The garden must not feature invasive non-native plants (see our Don’t Plant a Pest page).

  5. We must have your email address, at least for initial tour-related communication. You can designate another person, e.g. your garden designer, to handle most communications.

  6. On tour day, a responsible adult must be on site during tour hours. In most cases, owners are available to answer questions (and receive compliments).

  7. We ask you to recruit your own helpers (docents, greeters) for the tour day. If you can't, the tour committee will help.

More information can be found on this page: How do I submit my garden to be included in the Tour?

If your garden was featured on a previous tour, fill in only your name, address, email address, daytime phone number and any information that has changed.
You still need to accept the liability waiver at the bottom of the form.

If you are submitting a new garden, all entries in boldface are required.

About The Garden

Nearest major intersection:




Parking restrictions:

Nearest freeway:

Day phone:

Evening phone:

Name to be used for your garden on the preview page:

For extra privacy, don't use the street in the garden name.

In case we need to contact you urgently about the tour, please let us know your phone number(s).

We print custom-designed T-shirts for garden owners. Please let us know the size(s) you want, or select “No T-shirt” to help us avoid a T-shirt glut.

The information you enter below will be provided to the registered tour participants, about two weeks before the tour date.

Total property size :


Enter the approximate size of garden areas proposed for the tour. To specify them in square feet, use only digits. To specify them in acres, use a decimal point and an ‘ac’ suffix; for example, one acre is “1.0 ac”. This form will convert acres to square feet once you submit it.



Parking strip:

Approximately what percentage of your garden is planted with native plants?

Approximately what percentage of your garden area is lawn?

Average water regime? (no summer water, once a week, occasional, etc.)

Which water company or agency provides your water?

Is your garden free of synthetic chemicals?

What, if any, fertilizer do you use?

What do you do with your yard debris?

Who designed the garden?

Who installed the garden?

What methods of water conservation do you use?

How do you deal with persistent weeds?

Your first and last name:

All personal information entered on this form will be kept private. We do not share emails or phone numbers with anyone.

Your email address:

Confirm your email:

You can designate another person as the main contact for your garden. To do so, enter the person’s name, email, and day phone number below:

Season and year when your garden was planted (approximately)?

If your garden was planted in stages, use the year that is the most representative. You can provide additional details below.

Garden Features

Unusual or large native tree:

Other interesting features:

What kinds of birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals visit your garden?

How do you provide food, shelter, nesting areas, and water for wildlife?

Describe any unusual physical features of your garden. (Stream? Extreme shade? Extreme slope? Difficult soil? etc.)

Please describe water feature(s) in your garden, if any..

When you began gardening at this site, were there elements that needed correcting? What were they? Did you successfully address them? How?

Are there any special or unique features such as plants, special habitat, or erosion control projects that you would like to showcase in the garden guide? Examples might include mason bee nests, a butterfly garden, bank stabilization project, nursery, rainwater run-off management, et.c.

How do you rate your gardening experience?

How many years have you been gardening?

How many years have you gardened at this specific location?

Which of the following natural gardening techniques do you currently use?

Do you collect seeds/cuttings, or propagate plants?

About The Gardener

Approximately how many hours do you spend working in the garden?

Mark the checkbox above and click the button below to submit your garden.  We process applications as we receive them. We're a volunteer-only organization and can't always respond immediately.

Is the garden wheelchair-accessible?

Are sturdy shoes required to visit the garden?

Anything else you would like us to know?

Use the box below.

Please reuse past years’ information for my garden.

locally native plants

drought-tolerant plants

low-water-use plants

edible landscape

insect-attracting plants








manicured look

collector's garden

wildlands look


low maintenance





Worm bin

hours per

tolerate some plant damage

encourage birds with plant choices

provide wildlife habitat (food, shelter, water)

sticky barriers (e.g. Tanglefoot)

grasscycle (leave clippings on lawn)

provide sound of falling water to attract wildlife

copper barriers

grouping plants of similar needs

efficient irrigation (drip, timers, soaker hoses)

reduced lawn size

dense planting to outcompete weeds

minimize hardscapes (concrete patios, decks)

use compost to enrich soil

mulching with leaves, grass, wood chips

encourage beneficial insects with plant choices

Waiver of Liability

In consideration for being allowed to participate in the Going Native Garden Tour, I agree to hold harmless and indemnify the Santa Clara Valley Water District and its retailers and each member of their Boards of Directors and their officers, agents and employees, all other sponsors and supporters, Going Native Garden Tour and its organizers, garden owners, volunteers, docents, and sponsors from any and all claims, demands, damages, expenses, and any other liability for injury, death, damage, loss or liability of any kind arising out of or resulting from participation in the tour excepting claims arising out of willful misconduct or gross negligence.