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Featured Event
Fall Plant Sale

October 18, 2014
10:00am ~ Open to CNPS members only
You may join when you arrive at the sale
join on-line now

11:00am ~ Open to the public
3:00pm ~ Closed
Balboa Park, San Diego
Casa Del Prado Theater Courtyard

Ceanothus - Wild Lilac

Plant Sale Flyer

Plant Profiles
Email: All inquires

This year’s plant sale will take place at the courtyard next to the Casa del Prado and across from the west entrance of the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.  This is our largest fundraiser and we need everyone’s help promoting the sale.  The funds we raise from our sale help pay for our newsletter, meeting rooms, and local conservation projects.   You may download the plant sale flyer and post it around your neighborhood.  This year’s sale will again feature, free native plant advice, and of course the best selection of California native plants! 
To volunteer, please contact the plant sale committee at

The California Native Plant Society is a statewide nonprofit organization seeking to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities, education, conservation, and restoration.The San Diego Chapter serves San Diego and Imperial counties. We invite you to come to our meetings and field trips, learn more about the flora of our state, and meet people who share your interest in native plants.You may email direct general questions about native plants or the chapter to
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Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri) - the chapter logo
CNPS Membership

After The Fire - Revegetation and recovery guidelines, references and resources.
Chapter Projects - San Diego Chapter sponsored projects.
Chapter Store - Browse our books, posters, CD's and more at chapter meetings and the plant sale.

Survey plant communities, review CEQA and other documents for impacts to native vegetation and track occurrence and distribution of rare plants.
~~~Restoration help
~~~Comment Letters
~~~San Diego's Environmental Report Card - 2009 Report.

~~~Mission Trails Pipeline Project -1995 to Present Day

~~~Old Town State Park
Education and Community Outreach - Outreach and Educational Materials Available for Free!
Environmental Report Card
Event Calendars around the County
- Links to Calendars
Field Trips - Explore diverse plant communities from the coast to the desert.
Gardening with Natives
- Grow natives. Find out why and how.

~~~California Native Plant Profiles - with links to a one page informational pdf with photos
~~~How to Brochures - 24 pdf's **6 new pdf's on germination**
~~~Landscape contractors, designers, landscape architects and restoration services **not new but easier to find**

~~~List of Native Plant Nurseries
Invasive Plants -Information and links on invasive plant eradication and control projects
Mini Grant Project
The San Diego Chapter of CNPS supports small projects that further the Society’s mission of promoting the understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and how to conserve them and their natural habitats.
Native Gardening Committee Blog
A new blog dedicated to all aspects of native gardening.
Native Plant School Garden program
San Diego CNPS has developed a new Native Plant School Gardens program to provide resources to teachers, parents, and students interested in installing native gardens at their schools. 
Outside Resources  - Find other local environmental organizations and botanical resources.

Rare Plant Survey Reports - 2012 Rare Plant Reports

Recycle and Raise money for CNPS You have 3 options now

Do you have stacks of empty one-gallon cans along the side of your house? Wondering what to do with all those empty pots?
**new**Sunset Cliffs Linear Park Project - A cooperative effort between the city of San Diego and the CNPSSD Gardening Committee

Vegetation Committee Activities - Rapid Assessment vegetation surveys

FacebookCNPS We are on facebook now, "like"us and stay connected. Breaking news. You may post events that interest you and would interest other CNPS members.
See our page.

San Diego Native Garden Tour 2012
See archived pictures of the 5 featured gardens from 2012 and more


Chapter Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Room 101 or 104, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park. At 7:00pm you can visit our sales table, get your mystery plant identified or enjoy a snack and chat with other plant lovers.
We usually carry a small selection of native plants at our monthly meetings.

"Natives for Novices" mini workshop before each Chapter Meeting. See below for specifics.


September 21 - Seed & Bulb Work Party - Sunday
Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center, 5180 Tecolote Road, San Diego, CA 92111
9:00am to 12:00pm
For questions email

September 23 - Propagation Committee - Tuesday
First Work Group
10:30 am to 12:15 pm
Second Work Group 1:30 pm
For locations and directions please email
Jim Wadman

September 27 - Field Trip - Saturday
Canceled and moved to Oct. 4th
Take Another Look at the Tree Planting Project in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
More information

October 4 - Field Trip - Saturday
Take Another Look at the Tree Planting Project in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
More information

October 5 - Seed & Bulb Work Party - Sunday
Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center, 5180 Tecolote Road, San Diego, CA 92111
9:00am to 12:00pm
For questions email

October 11 - Garden Work Party - Saturday
Old Town State Park Native Garden
1:00pm to 3:00pm

October 18 - Fall Plant Sale - Saturday
Balboa Park, San Diego
Casa Del Prado Theater Courtyard
10:00am - 3:00pm CNPS Members
11:00am - 3:00pm everyone
Plant Sale Flyer

Plant Sale Flyer text only
Plant Profiles - Photos and plant descriptions

October 21 - Pre-Chapter Meeting - 3rd Tuesday
Natives for Novices
- Designing your Garden with Natives:Screens, Walls, Frames and more
Presenter:  Kay Stewart, Landscape Designer
6:30pm to 7:00pm

October 21 - Chapter Meeting - 3rd TuesdayDeveloping a Programmatic Monitoring Approach for Vernal Pool Restoration on Otay Mesa
Speaker - Christina Schaefer

More information


January 13 thru 17 - Celebrating 50 years
CNPS Conservation Conference


March 28 - 29 - Garden Native Tour
Save the Date !!

Volunteer Opportunites
Volunteer Opportunities with CNPS San Diego 

Email List Server
Here you can join the San Diego community in exchanging information relevant to the appreciation and conservation of San Diego's native plants, including education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship. To sign up for the listserve please send an email to

Monthly Newsletters

Browse our monthly newsletters - August is now available.

Monthly Meetings
Learn about the native flora of San Diego County and beyond, the use of native plants in gardens and the conservation and management of rare and endangered plants and habitats

San Diego County Plant Atlas Project

San Diego County Plant Atlas Project Home Page

Plant Atlas Overview

Search the Plant Atlas Database

For sale at all our Chapter Meetings
Photo by Ken Bowles
Plant Identification CD:
Interactive Plant Keys
Color Photos for San Diego County

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California Native Plant Society, San Diego Chapter
c/o San Diego Natural History Museum - P.O. Box 121390, San Diego, CA 92112-1390
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