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Featured Events
Chapter Meeting

September 15, 2015
Speaker - Clayton Tschudy

Plant Community Garden Design
Clayton Tschudy will discuss garden design by natural plant community focusing on plants available at this year’s native plant sale. Design, installation, and ......more

Garden Native Symposium

September 19, 2015

Sumner Auditorium
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego

More information
Flyer (pdf)
Press Release (pdf)

Fall Plant Sale

October 17, 2015
9:00am ~ Open to CNPS members only
You may join when you arrive at the sale
join on-line now

10:00am ~ Open to the public
3:00pm ~ Closed
Balboa Park, San Diego
Casa Del Prado Theater Courtyard

Ceanothus - Wild Lilac

Plant Profiles
Plant Sale Flyer
Pre-order information

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 convenient pre-ordering for CNPS members, free native plant advice, and of course the best selection of California native plants! 
Minimum amount for pre-ordering is $100. 
You may pre-order today !
Deadline for pre-orders is Sept. 16th
Pre-order information
Pre-order spreadsheet 2015
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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After The Fire - Revegetation and recovery guidelines, references and resources.
Chapter Store - Browse our books, posters, CD's and more at chapter meetings and the plant sale.

Education and Community Outreach - Outreach and Educational Materials Available for Free!
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 - 23 pdf's
~~~Landscape contractors, designers, landscape architects and restoration services

~~~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.

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?
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


Chapter Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Room 101, 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.


August - No Chapter Meeting - Dark

August 23 - 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

August 23 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Sunday
Mount Laguna -
Late Summer Plant Blooms along the Pacific Crest Trail
More information

September 12 - Work Party - Saturday
Old Town State Native Plant Landscape
1:00pm to 3:00pm
More information

September 15 - PreChapter Meeting - 3rd Tuesday
Natives for Novices
No PreChapter Meeting this month

September 15 - Chapter Meeting - 3rd Tuesday
Fall Native Plant Sale
Speaker - Clayton Tschudy

More information

September 19 - Seminar - Saturday
Garden Native Landscaping Symposium
Sumner Auditorium
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego

More information
Flyer (pdf)
Press Release (pdf)

September 20 - Seed & Bulb Work Party - Sunday
Lakeside's River Park Conservancy
12108 Industry Road, Lakeside, CA 92040

9:00am to 12:00pm
For questions email

October 4 - Seed & Bulb Work Party - Sunday
Lakeside's River Park Conservancy
12108 Industry Road, Lakeside, CA 92040

9:00am to 12:00pm
For questions email

October 4 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Sunday
Indian Flats and Vicinity of Lake Henshaw

Leader - Fred Roberts
More information

Save the Date !!
October 17 - Fall Plant Sale
- Saturday

Balboa Park, San Diego
Casa Del Prado Theater Courtyard

Plant Sale Flyer

October 28 - 31st - Symposium
24th Annual Cal-IPC Symposium
More information and registration

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 Plant Atlas

San Diego County Plant Atlas Project Home Page

Checklist of Vascular Plants of San Diego County

Search the Plant Atlas Database

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California Native Plant Society - Baja California Chapter Website

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Plant Identification CD:
Interactive Plant Keys
Color Photos for San Diego County


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