Natural Systems

Rain Gardens – Turn Rain Into Beauty In Your Garden

A Presentation By Shelkie Tao

Rain Garden 2 fix sm2When it rains and all the raindrops fall on our roof, have you thought about where the rainwater go to?  Well, most of it just goes down the sewer, into the creeks and rivers, and eventually out to the ocean.  In the past, stormwater was viewed as a something akin to waste; something we’d get rid of as soon as possible.  Not any more.  After the historic drought of the last 5 years, everyone realizes how valuable water – in any source or form – is.  When it comes to rainwater, in addition to rain barrels, there is another great and more direct way to capture and use it.  Better yet, it can be turned into beauty in your garden.  How? Come join the discussion and find out more.
Please join us for this interesting session!

Join The Native Neighborhoods Movement

Hosted and Presentation By CNGF / Debra Kiefel

Attend a community gathering with neighbors at a nearby residential garden and learn about the benefits of going native!
“Planting Native Gardens re-establishes lost connections between local plants, soils, and wildlife”.

Led by Alrie Middlebrook (Founder & President) and Debra Kiefel, this will be a very infiormative event and everybody is sure to leave with ideas on how we can incre3ase our native neighborhoods.

• Save Endangered Local Wildlife
• Conserve Resources
• Less Costly
• Lower Mainenance
• Produce Healthy Foods
• Reduce Climate Change

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Join us for a midday important insite into the Native Garden Movement.
Date/Time:  Saturday July 29, 2017  -  11am to 1pm
     Alrie Middlebrook                      Debra Kiefel
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You Can Help Restore Santa Clara Valley (and California) Native Eco Systems

A Presentation By Debra Kiefel

pixabay urban fox 2419132 1920 smDo you ever wish you could become part of a movement to help restore eco systems right in your own back and front yards, or from your balcony if you are an apartment dweller?  Do you wish there was something more you could do to help create habitats for endangered species such as the Bay Checker Spotted Butterfly?  If you love native wild nature, love to see native birds and butterflies flying around, if you want to become part of a movement to bring back the essential native eco systems of the Santa Clara Valley and California, then come to the July 27, EGG meeting.  At this meeting, you will learn about how the native eco systems within the Santa Clara Valley can be restored one garden at a time.  You will also learn about the benefits of planting California native gardens to both native wildlife and to you.

Join us for this interesting presentation!


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It's Spring Time - Time To Wake Up Your Garden!

A Presentation By Rod Kirk

pixabay vegetables 790022 1920 smallSpring is well under way, but with all the rain that has been coming down on us, I have been very slow to get out in the garden and get things going. It looks like the weather is settling down and it is time to start doing what it takes to get that garden going or to keep it going if you are so fortunate as to have a year round garden.
In today's session, I will share some gardening tips and do a demo or two that hopefully will provide some inspiration to get you off the couch and into the yard.
The session will be an open session and everybody is welcome to contribute with their hints, ideas, and stories related to good gardening. Please join us for interesting and timely get together!


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Field Trip To CNGF & Middlebrook Gardens

A Field Trip Hosted By Debra Kiefel

cngf logo 1A field trip has been arranged for EGG members as well as other interested parties to visit the California Native Garden Foundation (CNGF).

The CNGF is a dynamic, non-profit that promotes gardening with California native plants.  During this field trip Alrie Middlebrook the President and Director of CNGF will guide us on a tour of the site while telling us about the CNGF, and inform the attendees of an incredibly, exciting, and innovative Agrihood project that is planned for a piece of land across the street from Valley Fair, on Winchester.  I anticipate she will also inform the attendees of the other exciting projects that are being worked.


Date:  Monday Nov 14, 2016
Time:  1:30 pm to aprox 2:30 pm
Location:  76 Race Street in San Jose, close to the Alameda
The website for CNGF is:
While I hope all of you can attend this exciting field trip, if you cannot make it, please do feel free to visit the CNGF on another day.

Ecosystem Services & Natural Resources - Part 2

A Presentation / Discussion Hosted By Mei-Ling Shek

sacramento 1594376 180Todays session is a continuation of our October 20th program on ecosystem services and natural capital.  We shall first view a video entitled “Inspiration: Why We Need to Put a Price Tag on Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services”, featuring Professor Gretchen Daily of Stanford University. She is one of the world´s foremost experts on valuation of natural capital, and believes that in all planning of urban development and land use need to consider the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and that the only way to create long-term welfare is to quantify the value of ecosystems. As one of the most immediate effects of urban development is the loss of mature trees, we shall next discuss the value of trees. A healthy urban forest is essential to a healthy urban environment. The use of a tree benefit calculator will also be explored.

Please join us and participate in this intereresting session.


Read more: Ecosystem Services & Natural Resources - Part 2

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