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Featured Events

Save the Date !!

October 15 - Fall Plant Sale
- Saturday

Balboa Park, San Diego
Casa Del Prado Theater Courtyard

Pre-Ordering will begin September 1st


Chapter Meeting

September 20, 2016
Speakers - Tom Parker Ph.D. & Michael Vasey Ph.D.

Why are there so many Manzanitas? An Ecological and Evolutionary Journey
The California Floristic Province is the heart of manzanita biodiversity, where they are the "rock stars" of woody shrub diversity. Ranging from the ......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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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.

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

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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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.


September 10 - Garden Native Workshop - Saturday
Landscaping with Native Plants: How to Bring Year-Round, Low-Water Beauty to Your Gardens
Girl Scout Headquarters
1231 Upas St, San Diego, CA 92103

8:00am to 3:00pm
More information
To Purchase Tickets

September 10 - No Work Party - Saturday
Old Town Native Plant Landscape

September 14 - Garden Committee Meeting - 2nd Wednesday
For location and time, email

September 20 - PreChapter Meeting - 3rd Tuesday
Natives for Novice

6:30pm to 7:00pm

September 20 - Chapter Meeting - 3rd Tuesday
Why are there so many Manzanitas? An Ecolofical and Evolutionary Journey

Speakers - Michael Vasey Ph.D. & Tom Parker Ph. D.
7:30 pm
More information

October 8 - No Work Party - Saturday
Old Town Native Plant Landscape

Save the Date !!
October 15 - Fall Plant Sale
- Saturday

Balboa Park, San Diego
Casa Del Prado Theater Courtyard

Pre-Ordering will begin September 1st
Black and White Flyer

November 12 - Work Party - Saturday
Old Town Native Plant Landscape
9:30am to 11:30am

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 newsletter, August is now available.

To receive your newsletter via email, please contact us at:

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

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

This CD is no longer available for sale at the
San Diego Natural History Museum


[Dedicated to the Preservation of California Native Flora]
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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