FILE -This July 28, 2011 file photo shows the Capitol Dome on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats controlling the Senate are pressing for money to immediately repair the iconic dome of the U.S. Capitol, which has fallen into disrepair and has at least 1,300 cracks in it. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (J. Scott Applewhite)
As more Californians than ever explore drought-tolerant landscape alternatives, two upcoming garden tours shine a spotlight on low-water native plants. On April 26 and 27, some 60 gardens on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley will be open to visitors. And on May 4, some 40 East Bay gardens, from Fremont to Martinez, will be open too.