De Césped a Nativo- Lawn to Natives (En Español)
Jul
20
9:30 AM09:30

De Césped a Nativo- Lawn to Natives (En Español)

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Regístrese aquí: https://lblawntogarden.com/events/lawn-to-natives-01-12-19-2/

Una introducción al proceso de convertir un césped a un jardín de plantas nativas en Español con Cris Sarabia.


Al plantar nativos en su jardín, puede ahorrar agua, reducir el mantenimiento y el uso de pesticidas y proporcionar un hábitat importante para los polinizadores locales y la vida silvestre. Experto local, Cris Sarabia, le enseñará cómo restaurar la naturaleza en su jardín, quitando su césped y reemplazándolo con un hermoso jardín de plantas nativas de California.

Cris es miembro de la mesa directiva de la Costa Sur de CNPS y es el Director de Conservación para el grupo, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, donde es responsable de la implementación de las actividades de administración de tierras en las reservas naturales. En el pasado, Cris se especializó en el manejo y restauración de hábitats matorrales de salvia costeros, marismas costeras, dunas costeras y hábitats marinos.

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Register here: https://lblawntogarden.com/events/lawn-to-natives-01-12-19-2/

An introduction to how to convert a lawn to a garden of native plants.

By planting natives in your garden, you can save water, reduce maintenance and pesticide use, and provide important habitat for local pollinators and wildlife. Local expert, Cris Sarabia, will teach the class in Spanish on how to restore nature in your garden by removing your lawn and replacing it with a beautiful, California native plant garden.

Cris is a board member of the South Coast Chapter of CNPS and is the Conservation Director for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy where he is responsible for the implementation of land stewardship activities on nature preserves. In the past, Cris specialized in the management and restoration of coastal sage scrub habitat, coastal salt marshes, coastal dunes and marine habitats.


Photo by Ann Dalkey.

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Aug
5
7:30 PM19:30

Fire-resistant Native Landscape Principles

Presentation by Greg Rubin, President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc., Author, Licensed Landscape Contractor, and SD Horticultural Society ‘2018 Horticulturist of the Year’

FREE ADMISSION

Sponsored by the South Coast chapter of CNPS http://sccnps.org

A significant number of Greg's 700-plus landscapes have been involved in huge fire events, so far without the loss of a single home. On many occasions neighbors on both sides, unfortunately, lost their properties. Rubin will share the techniques he has developed to create sustainable, ecologically responsible, fire resistant landscapes, as well as fuel modification techniques that preserve (rather than destroy) native habitat. He will share actual photos and case histories of many landscapes that actually went through fires, and will be presenting the preliminary results of his 5 year research project for the United States Navy, titled “Ecologically Sustainable Fire Risk Reduction”.

This is the first study to quantify and improve approaches previously based on inconsistent, heretofore anecdotal practices (that were often ineffective – or worse – and highly destructive to the environment). Although one could never guarantee that a home will not be destroyed in a fire storm, the audience will learn ways of enhancing both defensible space AND habitat around their homes, with the added benefits of low water use, low maintenance, exceptional erosion control, and year-round beauty.

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Aug
6
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Help Remove Pesky Plants from the Old Town Native Landscape
Aug
10
9:00 AM09:00

Help Remove Pesky Plants from the Old Town Native Landscape

Please come help us grub out unwanted weeds remaining in the Native Landscape. We may be pruning a few low-hanging branches too.

Come by train, trolley or bus to the Old Town Transit Station and cross at Taylor Street. Or if you drive, park in the “F” lot in Old Town, off Taylor and Calhoun – usually easy at that time of day. Look for us near the McCoy House Museum.

Bring water, sun protection, and a favorite hand tool if you have one, or use ours - lots to choose from.

Questions? Contact Kay at OldTownLandscape@cnpssd.org

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Garden Committee Meeting
Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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Sage Against the Machine - A Night of California Native Plant Songs and Stories
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

Sage Against the Machine - A Night of California Native Plant Songs and Stories

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Guest: Sage Against the Machine (Evan Meyer, Antonio Sanchez, Nicole Calhoun)

An hour of native plant-themed music and stories about living and working with California native plants. From the punk rock-inspired ‘Kill Your Lawn!’ to the tragic love ballad ‘Your Love is Like a Manzanita’ and the toe-tapping ‘Rare Plant Blues’, native plant horticulturists and musicians Evan Meyer, Antonio Sanchez, and Nicole Calhoun promise to keep the night lively and fun. Their unique collection of original songs and stories explore native plant conservation and horticultural themes in a sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always entertaining fashion. A unique native plant presentation not to be missed!

Sage Against the Machine started as a piano/guitar duo of native plant nerds who joined forces at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in 2013. Pianist and vocalist Evan Meyer has played music professionally in New England and is currently Assistant Director of the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA. Guitarist and vocalist Antonio Sanchez has been an amateur musician for over a decade, and is currently Assistant Nursery Manager at Growing Works Nursery in Camarillo. Cellist and bassist Nicole Calhoun recently joined the band and is the owner of Artemisia Nursery in Los Angeles.

6:30-7:00pm: First Presentation:

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More Than Meets the Eye - Exploring California Native Plants with All Our Senses

with Nicole Calhoun, Gardener, Naturalist, and Owner of Artemisia Nursery

Join Nicole Calhoun of Artemisia Nursery for an exploration into the extravisual qualities of California's native plants.

www.artemisianursery.com

instagram.com/artemisia.nursery

facebook.com/artemisia.nursery

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

There is no fee to attend these presentations.

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Sep
3
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Garden Committee Meeting
Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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WORKSHOP-The Resilient California Native Garden
Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

WORKSHOP-The Resilient California Native Garden

  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Photo by Vincent Bellino

We invite you to join the California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter for a special day of speaker presentations from experts in the field of California native gardening. Our Garden Tour this past April presented numerous examples of long-established California native gardens and other gardens that were in-the-making.  Whether you have been inspired to plant your first native garden or already have an established garden, this workshop will offer solid insight into getting it right.

Photo by Dennis Mudd

DESCRIPTION

Many gardeners planting California native plants for the first time are beset with challenges in getting the plants to establish themselves in the landscape. Native plants may not follow all of our standard horticultural guidelines, or, native gardens may become established but then suffer misfortunes of mortality that discourage us and leave us wondering what we did wrong.

In this workshop the presenters will offer ways to enhance the natural resilience of native landscapes, whether you are planting for the first time or are redesigning parts of your established landscape. Whether it is planting native trees or plants to attract birds as an important part of your ecosystem, or designing your area to make best use of water, this workshop will assist you in looking at the larger ecological picture and being creative in your decision making.

Photo by Ged Bulat

DETAILS

There will be five sessions in all. The 5th session of the day will be a moderated panel of experts answering numerous participant questions.

  • Muffins, coffee, snacks, & catered sandwiches are included with your ticket.

  • Select seeds and books will be available for purchase at the workshop as well as other educational materials for you to take home and enhance the day's knowledge.

  • Native plants available for purchase from Moosa Creek Nursery and Tree of Life Nursery from 8:00am-1:30pm. Representatives from the nurseries can help you select and we can hold your purchased plants for pickup at the end of the workshop.

  • Enjoy the outdoor campus of the venue planted with California native plants.


SCHEDULE

8:00-9:00am Registration, Coffee and Muffins, Plant Sale

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9:00am GARDENING IS FOR THE BIRDS — BIRDSCAPING YOUR GARDEN USING NATIVE PLANTS 

Teresa Everett (California Native Gardening Specialty Presenter and Featured Gardener on the CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour 2018)

Learn how to create a garden that will encourage birds to use your garden year-round. Teresa will discuss the essential landscape requirements that will provide for the general bird population’s needs. In addition, each species of bird have different needs; some eat seeds, some drink nectar, some eat insects and others dine on fruit.

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10:15am WATERING FOR HEALTH, FIRE RESISTANCE, AND CONSERVATION IN THE CALIFORNIA NATIVE LANDSCAPE

Greg Rubin (President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc., Author, Licensed Landscape Contractor, and SD Horticultural Society ‘2018 Horticulturist of the Year’ )

Discover time-tested successful methods for watering your native landscape, including new vs. established landscapes, promoting fire resistance, and ways to keep precious water on-site. Greg will touch on different approaches, including some newer methods that appear to work well with and take advantage of native ecology.

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11:30am LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVE TREES

Rachele Melious (Certified Arborist and Tree San Diego Education Lead)

How to plant and maintain trees for optimal health and longevity. Rachele will explore some of the best native trees for our region including some of their unique characteristics and special needs.



12:30 Lunch and Plant Sale

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1:30 HORTICULTURAL VALOR IN THE NATIVE GARDEN-BE BOLD! 

Mike Evans (President of Tree of Life Nursery and Winner of  Southern California Horticultural Society ‘2019 Horticulturist of the Year’ )

With the on-going disappearance of small specialty nurseries, and the simplistic, homogenous "look" apparent in current ornamental garden design, native plantings are proving to be among the only unique, truly diverse gardens being made. Now is the time to be bold! We can write garden narratives that showcase both natural gardens and good horticulture.

2:30 PANEL- I WILL SURVIVE: STRATEGIES FOR CREATING A FLOURISHING AND DURABLE CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDEN  

Joan Bockman (Founder Seaside Garden Tour in Oceanside, and Featured Gardener on the CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour 2018)

Don Rideout (Co-Founder and Past President, Anza-Borrego Desert Botany Society and Plant Selection Editor for Calscape.org)

Dennis Mudd (Founder of Calscape.com and Winner of San Diego Home and Garden’s Garden of the Year Award in 2012)

Panelists will offer their long-time experience and insight in building and maintaining your garden to make it lasting, resilient, and lively. The session will close with questions for the panelists taken from the audience.

Photo by Torrey Neel

REGISTRATION

-Early Bird Registration (through August 15): $45

-General Registration: $55

NOTES

  • We do not offer REFUNDS but your registration can be TRANSFERRED to a person of your choice.

  • FREE PARKING is available at designated lots

Photo by Bob Byrnes

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Oct
1
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Garden Committee Meeting
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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Islands in the Southern Sea of Cortez
Jul
16
6:30 PM18:30

Islands in the Southern Sea of Cortez

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Speaker: Tom Oberbauer, Past President of the San Diego Chapter of CNPS and a member since the mid 1970s.  

Baja California is favored with a wide variety of islands.  The ones on the west side in the Pacific are floristically related to the islands of Southern California including Guadalupe Island which is an oceanic volcano, Cedros Island which is near the desesrts in mainland but which collects fog to support forests, and the Coronado Islands south of Point Loma. The islands in the Sea of Cortez are predominantly the product of the opening of the Gulf of California by faulting with some islands fragments of tectonic plates and others volcanic activity stimulated by the sea floor movements.  These islands form an archipelago that not only supports unique flora, with numerous species of succulents not found anywhere else, but also an extremely diverse array of reptiles and untouched natural habitats.  Because each island has different combinations of granitic, metamorphic and volcanic rock, each island has a unique character.  Some are small consisting of only a few acres while others are multiple miles long.  

In November of 2018, a group of researchers traveled to a number of these islands and collected plants, observed vegetation, viewed scenic landscapes, monitored the birds, reptiles, mammals, insects and scorpions, and even camped out on several of them. Tom Oberbauer was able to participate in this trip and will provide an account of some of the phenomenal features of the islands with an emphasis on the plant flora.

Tom Oberbauer is a past president of the San Diego Chapter of CNPS and a member since the mid 1970s.  Third generation San Diegan who is fascinated by the islands of Southern and Baja California.  Tom has published a number of articles and papers on the plants of San Diego and Baja California. He has generated small documentaries on the west coast islands at PL Natural Resources and is working on more.

6:30-7:00pm: FIRST PRESENTATION

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Recognizing Hybrid Processes in the History of the Southwest

with Dr. Lluvia Flores-Renteria

California is a center of biodiversity of pines. In this talk I would highlight the importance of hybridization in species of pines which are foundation species of the California woodlands. Several species of the subsection Cembroides grow in semiarid areas of California and occupy different ecological niches. In the Southwest there are one- and two-needle pinyon pines, which have been suspected to hybridize. Using morphological, ecological and genomic data we have 1) addressed whether these taxa hybridize and 2) established species boundaries. Dr. Flores-Renteria will discuss the taxonomic controversy of the one- and two-needled pinyon pine complex, their species boundaries and their ecological roles. The gene flow among these species might teach us how species exchange genes with adaptive value, which might help them cope with climate change. 

Dr. Flores-Renteria is an evolutionary ecologist interested in phylogenetics, population genetics, evolution of reproductive systems, and the evolutionary ecology of plant-insect-microbe interactions under climate change.

WEBSITE

Research Horizons: Lluvia Flores-Rentería - California Flora Research

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.
7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

There is no fee to attend these presentations.

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 Help Remove Pesky Plants from the Old Town Native Landscape
Jul
13
9:00 AM09:00

Help Remove Pesky Plants from the Old Town Native Landscape

Please come help us grub out unwanted weeds remaining in the Native Landscape. We may be pruning a few low-hanging branches too.

Come by train, trolley or bus to the Old Town Transit Station and cross at Taylor Street. Or if you drive, park in the “F” lot in Old Town, off Taylor and Calhoun – usually easy at that time of day. Look for us near the McCoy House Museum.

Bring water, sun protection, and a favorite hand tool if you have one, or use ours - lots to choose from.

Questions? Contact Kay at OldTownLandscape@cnpssd.org

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Jul
13
9:00 AM09:00

WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshop Program Escondido

The WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series is an educational program that will empower you to upgrade your high-water-use turf area into a WaterSmart landscape. This is done through four classes with lectures, hands-on lab work, demonstrations, homework assignments and one-on-one coaching by local landscape and irrigation professionals, all at no cost to you.

It's a Four-Class Series
The WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series is a four-class series. Your enrollment means that you've committed to attending all four classes. What you learn each week will build upon the knowledge you've gained the previous week. The big payoff is waiting for you in the last class - an hour of one-on-one coaching with a local landscape professional focused on your project!

To participate in this series you MUST meet the following requirements:

  • be a homeowner

  • identify an existing turf area for removal (brown or dead turf that is evident in a recent, original photograph is acceptable)

  • have an in-ground, working irrigation system (sprinkler heads, irrigation valves or controllers shown in a recent, original photograph are acceptable)

  • commit to attending all four classes in the series

  • apply online and be approved for enrollment

The two upcoming series are:
Wednesday Nights in Mission Hills: July 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2019
and
Saturday Mornings in Escondido: July 13, 20, 27, and August 3, 2019

For qualifications and to apply: https://landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org/

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Camping Weekend & RPTH at Crystal Lake
Jul
12
to Jul 14

Camping Weekend & RPTH at Crystal Lake

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Join us for a campout at Crystal Lake in LA County featuring Rare Plant Treasure Hunts, guided interpretive hikes, collecting demonstrations, and more. This event is hosted by the San Gabriel Mountains, South Coast, Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains, and Bryophyte Chapters of CNPS. Participants will make their own camping arrangements and the CNPS chapters provide the activities. You can join us for the full weekend or just for the day or for any one activity.

The weekend will include a variety of plant walks, botany hikes, and other activities for both children and adults, including for mobility impaired folks. There will also be several Rare Plant Treasure Hunts for botany students and other folks with a science interest.

Crystal Lake is in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The Crystal Lake campground is located at the top of Highway 39, 25 miles north of Azusa, at an elevation of 5,500 feet. Click here for the campground’s web page. Although there are plenty of camp sites, they are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, which means you may need to arrive early Friday to secure a spot. The camp site fee per night is $12, which accommodates up to 8 people. A few nearby cabins are available from a private vendor, and need to be reserved well ahead. Bring your own food. A small cafe and store has prepared food and camping basics.

RSVP: In order to plan the activities, we need to know the number and interests of participants. If you are interested in coming, please complete the survey at cnps-sgm.org/campingsurvey. For further details, please contact Gabi McLean at gabi.mclean@verizon.net.

Please visit the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter event page to see the full schedule of activities.

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Garden Committee Meeting
Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshop Program Mission Hills

The WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series is an educational program that will empower you to upgrade your high-water-use turf area into a WaterSmart landscape. This is done through four classes with lectures, hands-on lab work, demonstrations, homework assignments and one-on-one coaching by local landscape and irrigation professionals, all at no cost to you.

It's a Four-Class Series
The WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series is a four-class series. Your enrollment means that you've committed to attending all four classes. What you learn each week will build upon the knowledge you've gained the previous week. The big payoff is waiting for you in the last class - an hour of one-on-one coaching with a local landscape professional focused on your project!

To participate in this series you MUST meet the following requirements:

  • be a homeowner

  • identify an existing turf area for removal (brown or dead turf that is evident in a recent, original photograph is acceptable)

  • have an in-ground, working irrigation system (sprinkler heads, irrigation valves or controllers shown in a recent, original photograph are acceptable)

  • commit to attending all four classes in the series

  • apply online and be approved for enrollment

The two upcoming series are:
Wednesday Nights in Mission Hills: July 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2019
and
Saturday Mornings in Escondido: July 13, 20, 27, and August 3, 2019

For qualifications and to apply: https://landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org/

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Noble Canyon Trail - Pictures of Lily
Jul
7
9:00 AM09:00

Noble Canyon Trail - Pictures of Lily

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE to HARD 4 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
Cleveland Natl Forest ADVENTURE PASS required if driving
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT - Temps over 95F (35C) or Storm Warnings]

This year has been incredible compared to the last couple of really dry years and the rains keep coming! The mountain trips will likely last into August this year and the first "mountain" trip will be Noble Canyon near Pine Valley. The California Native Plant Society's San Diego Chapter Rare Plant Botanist Fred Roberts found two different species of Lilies here in years past and we're following his lead to find them again. Expect quite a bit of technical botany, but once you get your fill of latin names, the trail is wonderfully challenging and beautiful in early summer.

Read more and RSVP here…

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Jul
2
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Otay Mountain Truck Trail - Summer Rares at the Border
Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

Otay Mountain Truck Trail - Summer Rares at the Border

DIFFICULTY: EASY < 1 mile walking [HARD driving]
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT - Temps over 95F (35C) or Storm Warnings]
ATTENDEE LIMIT: Enforced on this trip - please do not sign up if you aren't going. Those who do not reply to the "head's up" email on June 20 will be dropped to accommodate another member on the wait list.

Otay Mountain is visible from all across the County on a clear day, standing tall on the boundary of the US and MX on the Southern border. Last year, the truck trail trip revealed a variety of communities, with each going up the mountain representing more rare diversity than the last. I chose this time of year for the high elevation (~3000' amsl) bloom that will hopefully be amazing in June.

Read more and RSVP here…

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San Diego Canyonlands
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

San Diego Canyonlands

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Speaker: Susan Krzywicki, San Diego Canyonlands Board Member & Native Plant Landscape Designer

The presentation will review the formation of San Diego’s canyons and the history of San Diego Canyonlands (SDCL) as an organization. It is SDCL’s goal to create Friends Groups for each canyon, engaging neighbors and local stakeholders in advocating and stewarding their local open space. There are many ways to get involved with SDCL or your local Friends Group and this will be discussed during the presentation.

Susan Krzywicki is a native plant landscape designer in San Diego. She has been an active member of this chapter and was the first Horticulture Program Director for the California Native Plant Society, as well as chair of the San Diego Surfrider Foundation Ocean Friendly Gardens Committee. She is now on the Bayfront Design and Cultural Committee for the Chula Vista Convention Center and parklands project. Susan joined the board of San Diego Canyonlands three years ago and curated the La Jolla Historical Society’s 2018 show on canyons and their impact on our ecology, politics and society.


6:30pm-7:00pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

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Volunteer Restoration Projects on Black Mountain Open Space- Progress Report

Speaker: Beth Mather

Upon retiring from a career in science and biotechnology, Beth turned her attention to habitat restoration. She worked for 9 months with Arne Johanson as a part of the CNPS Invasive Plant Committee. She then obtained a QAC, joined the Black Mountain Committee Advisory Committee, and in 2012 started working in the Black Mountain Open Space with Mike Kelly and the Black Mountain Open Space rangers.  

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.
7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

There is no fee to attend these presentations.

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Rancho Cuyamaca State Park - Annual Trip
Jun
16
9:00 AM09:00

Rancho Cuyamaca State Park - Annual Trip

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE 4.20 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
$5 parking fee if using State Park lots
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT - Temps over 95F (35C) or Storm Warnings]

Every year, CNPS-SD heads up Milk Ranch Rd between Cuyamaca and Middle Peaks from the swampy grasslands at the lake up through Ceanothus chaparral and into the mixed oak / yellow pine forest of the mountain. This year, we'll check the fire recovery growth and methods of restoration used by the State Park again, documenting a bit as we head from the viewpoint saddle to Azalea Springs. Down we'll head to the Western azaleas and shady streamline trail to end up at the State Park facilities. This trip is always a little different with flowers and wildlife along the trail so I can't tell you exactly what to expect except.

Read more and RSVP here…

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Garden Committee Meeting
Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve from Park Village Rd
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve from Park Village Rd

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE (4 to 5 miles)
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT - Temps over 90F (32C) or Storm Warnings]

For a first, CNPS-SD will head down into Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve for a trail that will aim for the Penasquitos Creek falls, which run all year. Depending on our group and the weather, we'll make a choice to head up to a site with dozens of bright yellow Weed's mariposa lily OR to take a shadier route among the oak trees of the canyon on a return loop along the Creek.

Read more and RSVP here…

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Your Weeding Help Will be Welcomed at the Old Town Native Landscape
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Your Weeding Help Will be Welcomed at the Old Town Native Landscape

The 1/2-acre Native Landscape in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is being re-created. It was originally planted with large native shrubs, but the site was mis-used by people hiding behind the shrubs. It now is being prepped to be planted in the fall/winter with around 500 individual native plants of a dozen plant species that will grow into a low variegated carpet of plants. 

The low plants will not provide hiding places for people to mis-use the area. They will nestle in the shade of the thriving native trees or will fill up some sunny meadows. There will also be some beautiful tall native succulent and perennial accents. 

You are invited to burn off some calories and get to know some fellow CAnative plant lovers. We will focus on weed control. What doesn't get done this month will be done in July or August, on the second Saturday of each month, 9 AM to 1 PM.

The Native Landscape is at the west end of Old Town, where Taylor and Congress Streets meet. If you come by trolley, train, or bus, cross at Taylor and enter the DG roadway by the adobe wall painted with a welcome sign.

If you drive, park in the lot east of Taylor, south of Calhoun. or in the shady parking lot at the CalTrans building, entered at Taylor and Juan Street intersection. Walk to the adobe welcome sign at Taylor and Congress. 

Bring water, sun protection, and garden gloves and a favorite weeding tool. Or share ours.

Questions? Contact Kay or Peter at oldtownlandcape@cnpssd.org

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Jun
4
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Jun
1
11:00 AM11:00

Bloom N' Art Garden Party at the SD County Fair

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CNPS-SD will host an information table here on June 1 during opening weekend of the San Diego County Fair.

At 1pm on the Home Sweet Home stage there will be a panel discussion of California Native Plants with chapter members Edmond Piffard, Daniel Bellino and Vincent Bellino.

LOCATION: Garden Show

GATE: O’Brien Gate

Join us on Opening Weekend, for the 2nd annual Bloom-N-Art Garden Party, featuring our Chalk Art Invitational, floral arts and artists in action.

We combined our traditional Flower Festival with other Fair Art and Garden Show exhibits to make this the largest art-inspired garden party of the summer! Our presenting sponsor, Albertsons|Vons will be on hand to advise you on choosing flowers for artful vase arrangements. Other attractions are music, food and beverages, amazing chalk art, market artists, organizations and societies, and much more.

Fair Website: https://sdfair.com

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The Mushrooms of San Diego and Flower Show
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

The Mushrooms of San Diego and Flower Show

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with Les Braund, President of Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon and Former President of the San Diego Mycological Society

From Les: “For a living I worked as a carpenter and general contractor. The majority of the time was spent doing restoration work. I attended Mesa College and San Diego State where I studied biology. 

I have always been interested in environmental issues.  I joined the Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon probably in 1985 or 86. I began doing nature walks a few years later and continue to this day. I have been the President of the Friends now for the last six years and this current term will be my seventh year. I joined the San Diego Mycological  Society in 1998. I served as President for a total of seven years. My most recent term ended this past December.

Other interest include collecting pollen, wood, duck decoys, and books. I volunteer with Project Wildlife for the last 16 years (racoon team) and I volunteer at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum (Wheel wright shop).”

Photo: Torrey Neel

5:30-7:30pm CNPS-SAN DIEGO FLOWER SHOW


Winter rains have brought us an amazing abundance of lovely flowers on our California native plants. Let’s celebrate by sharing flowers from our favorites - we can all admire them! We'll have some judges and award prizes for fun. The main objective is to show and share the diversity of spring blooms of our favorite natives.

Rules

  • Must be a native plant from California or Northern Baja. 

  • Flowers can be garden collected, or private property collected with owner's permission.

  • Provide one or two stems of each. If you have a potted plant that is blooming, bring the pot to the show.

Setup will be from 5:30-6:00. Judging for the People’s Choice award begins at 6:00. Main judging begins at 7:00 - winners to be announced before the meeting begins at 7:30.

We'll have some clear glass containers for cut specimens if needed. Better yet, bring your your own container (put your name on the bottom with tape). Plain glass jars work well.

Check our plant profile page https://www.cnpssd.org/plantprofiles  to see if your specimen has an information sheet that can be printed and displayed alongside your specimen (if not, a 3×5 card with scientific and common name listed will do). Please include your name and where the plant was grown.

AWARDS
Best Cut Flower, Annual
Best Cut Flower, Perennial
Best Flower on Potted Plant
People’s Choice
Best in Show

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.
7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

There is no fee to attend these presentations.

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May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla

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The CNPS-San Diego Seed and Bulb Committee will be selling seeds at this event. You can also order seeds online.

For two decades La Jolla Historical Society’s Secret Garden Tour has provided the opportunity to step into the extraordinary world of La Jolla’s private gardens. In addition to plants and landscaping, the Tour includes opportunities to explore unique designs and in the company of garden enthusiasts and friends. La Jolla’s tour often includes historic homes and unique architecture, and the gardens are made special with live musicians, plein air artists, and dining table designs. The Secret Garden Tour provides financial support for the Society’s exhibitions and educational programs.

Self Guided Tour $50 general admission | $40 for La Jolla Historical Society Members | $60 admission/day of the Tour. Platinum Tour tickets which include brunch and transportation to the gardens: $150 general admission | $140 for La Jolla Historical Society Members. https://lajollahistory.org/events/secret-garden-tour/

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Dictionary Hill w/ Jim Merzbacher
May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Dictionary Hill w/ Jim Merzbacher

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE 1-2 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[ALL WEATHER EVENT]

This is expected to be a short morning trip with early afternoon options afterwards. We'll be meeting at the surprisingly diverse Dictionary Hill where an uplift of meta volcanics in the area have created a spot where rare plant and animal species hold on while being surrounded by development. Dictionary Hill is a location where the endangered Quino Checkerspot butterfly has been known to fly. We'll follow the lead of the primary docent, Jim Merzbacher and (hopefully) County Parks Ranger Craig Newson. Jim is a co-founder of Dictionary Hills Open Space Advocates (DHOSA) dictionaryhill.info/index.html, an excellent non-profit focusing on this local treasure. Check out their website for more info about their work and the land they act to protect.

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The Old Town Native Landscape Needs Your Help to Prepare it For Big Fall Planting
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

The Old Town Native Landscape Needs Your Help to Prepare it For Big Fall Planting

Where: Meet at 9 AM at the McCoy House Museum, the two-story white building at the west end of Old Town State Park where the bus/train/trolley station is located. This is at the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets.

The Native Landscape will be the site of a major planting effort in November-December 2019. In order to minimize the weed seeds on the site, we are inviting volunteers to come once/month on the second Saturday of the month between now and November, to weed. Then, when we plant new native plants,
they will have the best chance to establish without having to fight for space with exotic invaders.

In May we plan to remove exotic grasses that are already going to seed, to reduce this years' prolific weed crop's seed from getting into the ground. We also hope to finally obliterate the three weedy clover species that came up this year.

Bring water and have sun protection. If you have gloves and a favorite weeding tool, bring them, or share ours.

Take bus, train, or trolley to the Old Town Station, and cross at the corner of Taylor and Congress. If you drive there is free parking in the F lot in Old Town, next to Calhoun Street, or in the CalTrans lot that you enter at Juan and Taylor Streets.

Questions? Contact Kay or Peter at oldtownlandscape@cnpssd.org

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CNPS-SD Seed and Bulb Team's Seed Sorting Party
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

CNPS-SD Seed and Bulb Team's Seed Sorting Party

Between our online sales, the CNPS Garden Tour and Winter Workshop our inventory is running low!  We will be replenishing our inventory in anticipation of our next sale at the Secret Garden Tour: https://lajollahistory.org/events/secret-garden-tour.

I want to extend the many heart felt thanks I have been getting from people about the service and variety of seeds we provide to San Diego County and beyond.  So many people are super appreciative of our collection and it’s all thanks to this amazing group of volunteers!  Thank you so much!

Please let me know if you think you can attend and/or if you will be bringing seeds to donate.

Be warned it is baseball season and the parking lot will likely be full so you may need to park far away.

See you there!

Cindy Hazuka

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Garden Committee Meeting
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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Conservation Committee Meeting
May
7
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Torrey Pines Extension &amp; Crest Canyon - Del Mar
Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Torrey Pines Extension & Crest Canyon - Del Mar

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE 2-3 miles (or less)
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[RAIN CANCELS THIS EVENT!]

This trip is a yearly treat, and the trail won't change much but the plants and flowers and knowledge will be for the better! For 2019, we've had an extraordinary amount of rain and that means an extraordinary amount of bloom. We'll do a three part trip, with opportunities to head out after the Red Ridge trail, or continue on down the Margaret Fleming Trail to the canyon below with a completely different vegetation community and plant types. Instead of calling it a day - there's a third portion where we'll rejoin after lunch at Crest Canyon Park (just to the north). Crest Canyon has many similar environments and species, but is not as covered. We'll be more focused on doing stronger documentation including iNaturalist and tagging species for possible collections. Our CNPS San Diego Rare Plant Botanist Fred Roberts will join us to help identify and document the rare plants in both areas.

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Wild Yards Project: The New Wilderness Begins at Home
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Wild Yards Project: The New Wilderness Begins at Home

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PC: Sian Heder

with David Newsom, Founder, Wild Yards Project

David will speak about Wild Yards Project, a collaboration of story-tellers and native plant professionals working together to inspire people not just in California but across the country to transform their yards into native-plant habitat. 

David Newsom is a lifetime naturalist, an amateur native-plant gardener, and a 27 year veteran of film and television, the last 10 years of which has all been adventure-documentary. With the arrival of his two kids, however, he suddenly realized that they may never cultivate an intimacy with nature unless he brought nature to their yard. So, he did. Hence the WYP was born.  

wildyardsproject.com

Instagram

Facebook Group

6:30pm-7:00pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

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“Butterflies in SD County”

Speaker: Kojiro Shiraiwa

Kojiro Shiraiwa will introduce his most recent book, Butterflies of Dictionary Hill, and will also discuss his earlier book, Butterflies of San Diego County. The books contain full color figures of butterflies for easy identification, as well as discussions of butterfly biology and ecology. These pictorial books are great for kids as well as the general public. Dictionary Hill supports coastal sage scrub and a wealth of native plants, birds, wildflowers, small animals, and hill-topping butterflies. In 2017 the County added 175 acres of Dictionary Hill to the MSCP preserve. http://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/park-pages/dictionary-hill-county-preserve.html

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.
7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

There is no fee to attend these presentations.

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CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Inviting Nature Home
Apr
13
to Apr 14

CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Inviting Nature Home

FEATURING THE CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDENS OF CENTRAL SAN DIEGO COUNTY

PC: Dennis Mudd

NOTE: Online ticketing will close at midnight, Friday, April 12. Tickets will be available at the door throughout tour weekend at the Tickets and Info garden at 11855 Caminito Sanudo in San Diego, CA. (gate code #11855). The Tickets and Info garden will be open from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 & 14.

The California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter (CNPS-San Diego) presents its seventh annual Garden Tour, Inviting Nature Home: Native Gardens of Central San Diego County, the weekend of April 13 & 14, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. each day. With this self-guided tour, spend a day or two exploring and learning from these gardens that highlight plants that create habitat, dry streambed bioswales, adjacent natural areas, water catchment devices, slope gardens, charming water features, bridges, sculptures and more. Be inspired this Spring!

TOUR

Self-guided with docents at 14 private gardens. 7 additional gardens on the Tour for front yard viewing listed in program book. Admission good for both days of the Tour.

Attendees ordering tickets online April 6 and after will pick up their program booklets during Tour weekend at the Tickets and Info garden at 11855 Caminito Sanudo in San Diego, CA (gate code #11855) beginning at 9:30am.

LOCATION

Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Clairemont

PC: Torrey Neel

-Entry to 14 private residential gardens staffed with interpretive docents, owners, and designers

-7 additional FYI (Front Yard Inspiration) gardens on the route

-Instructional presentations and plantings on Saturday and Sunday

PC: Torrey Neel

ON SALE DURING THE TOUR

-A comprehensive selection of California native plant-related books on sale at the door ticket sales location in Scripps Ranch

-Seeds for over 100 species of California native plants. Start your garden from scratch with minimal investment.

-An expanded array of California native plants in 1 gallon and 5 gallon sizes from Moosa Creek Nursery will be available at Walter Andersen Nursery in Poway during Tour weekend. Tour attendees receive a 10% discount on these plants during Tour weekend.


Plants Labels & QR Codes

On the Tour, plant species will be labeled such that you identify them. The labels will also have QR codes that will automatically take you to a full page description of the plant on our Plant Profiles section of our website. If you do not currently have a QR reader app on your smartphone you can download one here:

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OVERVIEW MAP

Although we cannot list garden addresses here or in any electronic format due to privacy concerns, all addresses and locations are listed in the Tour booklet you will receive when you purchase a ticket. Here is an overview map to give you a general idea of the scope of the Tour: https://www.cnpssd.org/gt2019map


Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Pauwai

(SUNDAY ONLY)

Photo courtesy of Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center of Pauwai

Photo courtesy of Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center of Pauwai

Take a one-hour Guided Tour on Sunday, April 14! The 5-acre Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Pauwai features a demonstration garden representing local plant life as the Kumeyaay knew it 2,000 years ago. This authentic habitat site includes a hillside walk for the adventurous explorer. You will be guided along this trail by knowledgeable docents where you can run your fingers over deep acorn grinding holes, peer into accurate representation of native huts (‘ewaas) and breathe in California's signature aromas of sage and pine. Learn about how plants were used for food, clothing, shelter and medicines (ethnobotany) and behold this special site where you can truly envision how this land looked so long ago.

This special extended, comprehensive tour is being offered exclusively for the Garden Tour. The cost will be $10 and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the City of Poway for the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center. Buy your tickets early as we expect that this will sell out quickly.

PC: Torrey Neel

GARDEN TALKS

Saturday, April 13, 1:00–1:30 p.m., Speaker: Lee Gordon at ‘Native Plants Win! A Beautified Brush Management Zone’

Native plants in your garden support native insects, which in turn provide food for birds. This makes for a pollinator paradise and is why native gardens are able to bring so many birds to and around your home. The good news is that there is such a wide diversity of natives in San Diego that you can find a great variety of plants no matter where you live. One of the best ways to find native plants that will work in your landscape is to wander in nearby open spaces and see what grows. Lee will talk about learning to identify local native plants that will be successful and require low maintenance. If you choose to do some irrigation, your choices multiply. We will discuss irrigation, both before you plant and for maintenance, how to plant, controlling weeds, and keeping plants trimmed.

Saturday, April 13, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Greg Rubin and Leo Hernandez at ‘Our Own Personal Natural Refuge’

Greg Rubin and Leo Hernandez of California's Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. will be available to chat and take questions in the garden.

Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. with Vincent and Daniel Bellino at ‘Name that Native’

Vincent and Daniel Bellino of Restoring California, who currently care for this lovely garden (originally installed by Greg Rubin), will be available to chat with you about why they love using California native plants in every garden design.

Refer to Tour booklet for garden addresses.


PC: Torrey Neel

Learn about how to plant native plants! Participate in one of our PLANTING DEMOS

Saturday, April 13, 11:00–11:30 a.m. at ‘Carriage Chaparral Trail’

Join Greg Rubin of California’s Own Native Landscape Design for a short discussion on how to approach preparing and planting a native vs. conventional landscape and why we follow this methodology, ending with a planting demonstration and Q&A.

Sunday, April 14, 1:00–1:30 p.m. at ‘California Meets Tuscany’

Join John Corning of Kelly Grn Native Landscape Living for a short discussion on soil types, techniques for digging holes, plant placement, whether or not to mulch, and irrigation, ending with a planting demonstration and Q&A.

Refer to Tour booklet for garden addresses.

PC: Judie Lincer

TICKETS

DOOR on Tour Weekend:$35
Purchase at Tickets and Info Garden-11855 Caminito Sanudo, San Diego, CA 92131 (Gate Code: 11855)

Note: Details may change without notice. This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are not refundable but are transferable to another person.

Questions Please email gardentour@cnpssd.org

PC: Lee Gordon

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Algodones Dunes Camping or Day Trip - Imperial County
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Algodones Dunes Camping or Day Trip - Imperial County

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE < 4 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Any on Saturday, Professionals & CNPS / SD Botanical Society fellows on Sunday
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[ALL WEATHER EVENT]

For everyone that missed the Algodones Dunes trip last year, here is your chance to jump in on a great repeat, with the extraordinary additions of Steve Hartman the CNPS Board President and Amy Patten, CNPS Rare Plant Botanist. Early April will hopefully have a great bloom of Algodones Dunes sunflower (Helianthus niveus ssp tephrodes), Giant spanish needle (Palafoxia arida var gigantea), Pierson's milkvetch (Astragalus magdalenae var piersonii), Sand food (Pholisma sonorae), and Fairyduster (Calliandra eriophylla) among other rare species and extreme desert endemic species.

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