Zone 7 Sponsors 19th Annual Bringing Back the Native Garden Tour

showcase will feature local native gardens online and in-person

News Release

LIVERMORE, Calif. (April 6, 2023) – Zone 7 Water Agency is once again proud to be a sponsor for the annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour & Green Homes Feature Showcase, which will include both online and virtual dates in 2023. Registration is now available at

Online Garden Tour                                                                                                                                                           
Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16                                                                                                                                           
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
In-Person Garden Tour
Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This year four Livermore gardens are featured in the 2023 in-person garden tour on Sunday, May 7:

  • Laura Cornett and Brad Buehler’s garden – featuring California bee plant, coffeeberry, canyon gooseberry, and two species of currant- evergreen and golden, coyote mint, four species of buckwheat, and California fuchsia.
  • Maria and David Dawson’s garden – featuring eight types of manzanita and three kinds of California lilac, as well as coffeeberry, buckwheat, and sage.
  • Stephanie Jones and John Kundert’s garden – featuring varying shades of greens in the five types of manzanitas, two kinds of California lilac, and the softer gray greens of the sages and fuchsias. This garden will also be hosting a Zone 7 information booth where residents can get information about various rebate programs available to customers.
  • Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery – featuring California lilac, fuchsia-flowering gooseberry, Douglas iris, sages, and more.

The native gardens featured provide community inspiration for replacing grass lawns, which require large amounts of water, with drought-resistant local plants to help with water conservation and habitat restoration. Zone 7 offers a lawn-conversion rebate program to provide further incentive for converting grass to local native plants.