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Featured Events

Garden Native Tour 2016
Saturday and Sunday
April 2nd & 3rd

Tickets on sale now

Come tour 21 native plant gardens in eastern San Diego, the El Cajon Valley, and the surrounding foothills.
This year, the Garden Native Tour looks to the future by looking inland at gardens that have thrived under the more extreme climate conditions that all parts of San Diego County are now beginning to experience. Our featured gardens demonstrate how native plant landscaping provides year-round beauty, promotes birds and other wildlife, and integrates easily with other garden uses.
Your yard doesn’t need to look like a desert or a moonscape to save water!


February 16, 2016
Chapter Meeting

The Environmental Benefits of Trees on an Urban University Campus
Speaker -Corey Bassett
Corey Bassett
Trees play an important ecological role within the urban environment, as well as supporting public health and providing aesthetic values to cities. However, even when ......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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Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri) - the chapter logo
CNPS Membership

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

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

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


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.


February 6 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday
Gonzales Canyon

More information

February 10 - Garden Committee Meeting - Wednesday
For location and time, email

February 13 - Work Party - Saturday
Old Town Native Plant Landscape
1:00pm to 3:00pm
More information

February 16 - PreChapter Meeting - 3rd Tuesday
Natives for Novice- Pollinators In Your Garden

Speaker - Susan Lewitt
6:30pm to 7:00pm

February 16 - Chapter Meeting - 3rd Tuesday
The Environmental Benefits of Trees on an Urban University Campus
Speaker - Corey Bassett
7:30 pm
More information

February 20 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday
Calavera Preserve

More information

February 28 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Sunday
Plum Canyon Wildflower Walk

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March 5 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday
Black Mountain Regrowth with Beth Mather, 4-S Ranch area

More information

March 9 - Garden Committee Meeting - Wednesday
For location and time, email

March 19 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday
San Diego National Wildlife Preserve - El Cajon
More information soon

March 26-27 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday & Sunday
San Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Campout in Palm Canyon
More information soon

Save the Date !!
April 2nd & 3rd- Native Plant Tour
- Saturday
& Sunday
Garden Native Tour 2016
Flyer and Website

April 10 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday
Lucky 5 - the link between Anza Borrego State Park and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
More information soon

April 16 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday
Mission Trails West entry, Tierrasanta
More information soon

April 16 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday
Tour de Plants - Bicycle Event
More information soon

April 24 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Sunday
Elfin Forest, Harmony Grove, Escondido/San Marcos
More information soon

May 7 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Saturday
Crestridge Ecological Preserve, El Cajon/Blossom Valley
More information soon

May 15 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Sunday
Sycamore Canyon, Santee
More information soon

May 21 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Sunday
Viejas Peak, Alpine and Viejas Indian Reservation
More information soon

June 5 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Sunday
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park reforestation revisited
More information soon

June 19 - Explore Nature's Gardens - Sunday
Cedar Creek Recommended Wilderness, Three Sisters Falls
More information soon

Volunteer Opportunites
Volunteer Opportunities with CNPS San Diego 

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Monthly Newsletters

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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


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