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Featured Events

Garden Native Tour 2015
March 28th and 29th

Garden Native Tour

Chapter Meeting
March 17
Diversification of Ceanothus
Speaker - Dylan Burge
Dylan Burge

The genus Ceanothus is highly diverse in California, with more than 50 species known from the State. Diversification of this ecologically and horticulturally significant group of plants is strongly associated with .......more

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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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
~~~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.

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?
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

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

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California Native Plant Society - Baja California Chapter Website


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.


March 14 - Garden Work Party - Saturday
Old Town State Park Native Garden
1:00pm to 3:00pm
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March 14 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday
Del Mar Coast

Leader - Fred Roberts
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March 14 - Native Plant Day - Saturday
Native Plant Day at the Living Coast Discovery Center
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Speaker - Greg Rubin
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March 17 - Pre-Chapter Meeting - 3rd Tuesday
Natives for Novices
- Why we should choose native from the same community when designing a native garden
Speaker - Susan Marchetti
6:30pm to 7:00pm

March 17 - Chapter Meeting - 3rd Tuesday
Diversification of Ceanothus
Speaker - Dylan Burge

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March 21 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday
Corte Madera Peak via Espinosa Trail
Leader - Linda Pardy

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Mid March - Explore Nature's Gardens
Plum Canyon
More information soon

March 28 - 29 - Garden Native Tour
Garden Native Tour Website
Want to become a docent ?

Early April - Explore Nature's Gardens
Rattlesnake Canyon - Poway
More information soon

April 11 - Garden Work Party - Saturday
Old Town State Park Native Garden
1:00pm to 3:00pm
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April 11 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday
Artesian Creek Restoration Tour
Leader - Arne Johanson
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April 12 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Sunday
Artesian Creek Restoration Tour
Leader - Arne Johanson
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Mid April - Explore Nature's Gardens
Iron Mountain - Poway
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April 11 to 19th - California Native Plant Week

April 18 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday
Piedras Pintadas Trail - Western Rancho Bernardo

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May 2 - Tour de Plants- Saturday
Lake Murray area
Leader - Betsy Cory
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Mid May - Explore Nature's Gardens
Mason Valley
More information soon

Early June - Explore Nature's Gardens
Cuyamaca State Park
More information soon

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 - March 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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