Conservation Committee Meeting
Nov
5
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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Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Oaks of Southern California with Fred Roberts

Description: Oaks are an important element of the California landscape, and as group, they are easily recognized. Eighteen species and five additional varieties are known to occur in Southern California. However, telling them apart is not always easy. Many oaks are similar in appearance and, especially the white oaks, hydridize promiscuously. The goal of the class is to teach participants to recognize key characters, how to separate our Southern Californian species, recognize hybrid forms, and learn something about the systematics and the ecology of southern California oak species through a combination of a visual presentation, examining fresh material, and a field trip in coastal and montane San Diego County. The workshop will also briefly discuss the status of these species and one additional Mexican species northwestern Baja California. This workshop will take place over two days. The first day will be in a classroom for the lab portion. The second day will be conducted outside through a tour of various oak species populations throughout San Diego County.

Instructor: Fred Roberts, author of Illustrated Guide to the Oaks of the Southern Californian Floristic Province (1995) and co-author Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mtns. regions (2013) has been working with native plants since high school. He was the assistant curator of the Herbarium at the Museum of Systematic Biology at U.C. Irvine for nine years, worked as a botanist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service primarily adding species to the endangered species list, and is currently an independent botanical consultant, author, and artist. His specialties include the flora of Orange County, lilies and their relatives, rare plants of southern California, and of course oaks. He has spent over thirty years looking at oak leaves by eye-ball, hand lens, or dissecting scope.

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Garden Committee Meeting
Nov
13
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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A Botanist Comes  Full   Circle: From Studying to Defending Tejon Ranch, California's Largest Private Landholding
Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

A Botanist Comes  Full  Circle: From Studying to Defending Tejon Ranch, California's Largest Private Landholding

Speaker: Nick Jensen, PhD, CNPS Southern California Conservation Analyst

At 270,000 acres, Tejon Ranch is California's largest contiguous piece of private land. It is located at a “biogeographical crossroads,”where five ecoregions: the San Joaquin Valley, Tehachapi Mountains, Mojave Desert, Western Transverse Ranges, and Transverse Ranges converge. Despite its size and ecological setting, until recent years, biologists knew little about the biodiversity on Tejon. In 2008, a controversial conservation deal set aside 88% of the Tejon’s acreage in conservation agreements and enabled the first comprehensive investigation of its botanical resources. 

My graduate research included the first comprehensive study of the flora of Tejon Ranch and resulted in the documentation of 1,073 vascular plant taxa, including more than 14% of the state’s native plants. Discoveries made by myself and others since 2008 include dozens of rare plants on the ranch, more than 30 new additions to the flora of Kern County, and dozens of range extensions and ecoregional records. 

After completing my PhD, I began work as the CNPS Southern California Conservation Analyst. In this position, a central focus of my work has been advocating against proposed development projects on Tejon that would place more than 30,000 homes and 100,000 future residents far from existing cities. Please join me on a tour of Tejon's botanical riches, a synopsis of the 2008 conservation deal, and an overview of the perils of three proposed development projects. Coming full circle, I will discuss why CNPS and many other individuals and organizations oppose development on Tejon. I will focus on what we are doing to ensure that this special place remains intact for future generations to study and appreciate. 

Nick Jensen, CNPS Southern California Conservation Analyst, coordinates the activities of the Conservation Program in Southern California. Nick earned his BS degree in Environmental Horticulture at UC Davis, and recently completed his PhD in botany at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG)/Claremont Graduate University. As a graduate student, Nick produced the first Flora of Tejon Ranch and studied evolutionary patterns in perennial Streptanthus (jewelflowers). From 2006-2010, he was employed by CNPS, first as a Vegetation Program Assistant, and later as the Rare Plant Program Director. Nick has also worked as a botanist for the U.S. Forest Service, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the private consulting industry. He has taught botany classes to professionals and interested members of the public for CNPS, RSABG, the Jepson Herbarium, and Theodore Payne Foundation. As a volunteer he has served on the Rare Plant Program Committee and the board of Southern California Botanists, serving as president in 2015-16. Nick is a fellow of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation (https://www.switzernetwork.org/). In his free time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, rock climbing, and photographing wildflowers, activities that are often not mutually exclusive.

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

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
Dec
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
Dec
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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Conservation Committee Meeting
Jan
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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Garden Committee Meeting
Jan
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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New Calflora Tools for CNPS Users
Jan
21
6:30 PM18:30

New Calflora Tools for CNPS Users

Speaker: Cythia Powell, Executive Director Calflora

Join Calflora’s Executive Director Cynthia Powell to discuss new Calflora tools for CNPS Calflora users. Calflora’s plant database hosts over 2 million plant occurrences, some of which come directly from San Diego CNPS members. Cynthia will cover Calflora’s new plant photo project, planting guide, population monitoring tools, email alerts, and speak more generally about the uses of Calflora for CNPS chapters. She would also like to know how Calflora can better serve the San Diego CNPS Chapter and to answer any of your questions. This is a free event.

After 3 years as Calflora’s GIS Project Manager, Cynthia Powell is now Calflora’s Executive Director. She graduated with her MS in GIS in 2010 forecasting Mokelumne River water supply based on MODIS remote sensing snow pack images. She’s been examining what was under that snow — plants — ever since. She now coordinates all Calflora programs, research, outreach, and advocacy, as well as fundraising and management.

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

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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RECON Native Plants Nursery Tour - IB / San Ysidro
Oct
18
9:00 AM09:00

RECON Native Plants Nursery Tour - IB / San Ysidro

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DIFFICULTY: EASY [Guided Tour]
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Everyone welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all [This event only], no charge. Some areas are not ADA accessible on the behind the scenes portion of the tour.
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT - Temps over 95F (32C) or Storm Warnings]


https://www.reconnativeplants.com/
Instagram: @reconnativeplants

Seasonal Plant Sales are open to the public at the nursery. Get on the mailing list! If you don't want to wait until the next public sale, come get RECON plants at the CNPSSD Fall Plant Sale on October 12th in Balboa Park (posted).

Patrick Montgomery and the staff of RECON Native Plant Nursery have opened their gates to us, letting us back in to peek about the nursery this fall. RECON specializes in growing difficult native species for restoration and wholesale plants for large scale sustainable landscapes. If you've wanted to see how restored vernal pools get a little boost of rare plants, this is your chance for the year.

Read more and RSVP here

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Salt-Marsh to Mountain: Population Genomic Surveys for Six Rare Plant Species in San Diego County
Oct
15
6:30 PM18:30

Salt-Marsh to Mountain: Population Genomic Surveys for Six Rare Plant Species in San Diego County

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Left: Elizabeth R. Milano Right: Margie Mulligan

Left: Elizabeth R. Milano Right: Margie Mulligan

Speakers:

Elizabeth R. Milano, Geneticist with the U.S. Geological Survey – Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station

Margie Mulligan, Botanist and a Department Associate in the Botany Department at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

This project, a collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey and the San Diego Natural History Museum, aims to provide a reference point for the current status of genetic diversity of rare plant species in San Diego County. We focused on six threatened or endangered plant species including Acanthomintha ilicifolia, Baccharis vanessae, Chloropyron maritimum ssp. maritimum, Deinandra conjugens, Dicranostegia orcuttiana, and Monardella viminea. This population genetic survey provides insight into the amount of genetic differentiation across each species’ range, identifies isolated occurrences potentially subject to inbreeding or genetic bottlenecks, and distinguishes areas that are rich sources of allelic diversity. The results of this project inform future preservation and restoration effortsand directly contributes to the conservation and management of these rare plant taxa in the San Diego Management Strategic Plan Area.

Elizabeth R. Milano is a Geneticist with the U.S. Geological Survey – Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station. She has a background in population and quantitative genetics with a focus on plant-pollinator interactions. She holds a B.S. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.

emilano@usgs.gov

Margie Mulligan is an independent Botanist and a Department Associate in the Botany Department at the San Diego Natural History Museum. She has over 25 years of botanical experience with 15 years in San Diego County. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northland College and an M.S. in Botany from Miami University of Ohio. 

mulliganbiocon@gmail.com

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

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‘Baja Rare’: Conserving Our Shared Rare Flora

With Sula Vanderplank, Conservation Botanist

This talk will present recent advances as part of the new collaborative initiative to conserve plants that are rare both sides of the US/MX border. San Diego Zoo Global, the San Diego Natural History Museum and the National Seedbank of Mexico are working together in Baja California to make conservation seedbank collections, update population status at each occurrence, and evaluate genetic diversity of the rarest plants of our borderlands.

Dr. Vanderplank is a postdoctoral fellow at San Diego Zoo Global, and a research associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum.  She is also adjunct faculty at San Diego State University and the Center for Research and Higher Learning in Ensenada (CICESE).

https://institute.sandiegozoo.org/science-blog/highs-and-lows-searching-our-cross-border-rare-plants-baja-california

http://www.indefenseofplants.com/podcast/2019/5/26/ep-214-unraveling-the-mysteries-of-bajas-botanical-bounty-a-conservation-story

SUVAResearch.com

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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Fall California Native Plant Sale
Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Fall California Native Plant Sale

Photo: Judie Lincer

This event is held during the perfect planting season for those starting or supplementing a California native garden. There will be California native plants of just about every description from grasses to trees and shrubs, perennials to annuals, and even some succulents and ferns. 

California native plants are optimal for saving water; attracting native birds, bees and butterflies; and preserving San Diego’s natural heritage.

The sale will be held in the Balboa Park’s Theater Courtyard between the Casa Del Prado Theater and Casa Del Prado and across from the West entrance of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Photo: Chris Hendrickson

Photo: Chris Hendrickson

·            300+ different species of California native plants: trees, shrubs & perennials

·            100+ different species of California native seeds and bulbs

·            Books, posters and merchandise for sale

·            Members receive discount on all plants purchased

·            Two presentations on native plant basics beginning at 12pm

·   Curbside loading with careful assistance

·            Ask Me experts to answer your questions

·   Secure holding area provided

Proceeds support CNPS-SD, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of native CA flora and the crucial habitat it provides for wildlife & people!

Photo: Chris Hendrickson


Download the master list of plants available for sale at Balboa Park on October 12. Note that due to circumstances beyond our control, some plant species on this list may become unavailable by the day of the sale

Fall Plant Sale List 2019 (PDF)


Here are some lists of plants available at the upcoming plant sale to aid you in selection.


Photo: Judie Lincer

Photo: Chris Hendrickson

Photo: Chris Hendrickson

For questions, please email: plantsale@cnpssd.org

Download flyer HERE

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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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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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Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

UCSD Extension Course: California Native Plants

This course is designed to help students develop California native plant layouts and plans for common urban settings based on an understanding of site-specific conditions.  Students will learn how to incorporate California native plants into existing and planned landscapes. This series of classes combines classroom presentations with field trips to local urban landscapes, such as campuses, gardens, arboreta, and nurseries where students will explore the range of possibilities for creating successful and resilient California native landscapes.

Participants will study the elements of a successful native landscape including, but not limited to:

  • Self-sufficient, self-reproducing native plant communities and ecosystems, and the importance of pollinator species

  • Endemics, appropriate non-local native species and cultivars, nursery selections, and plant sourcing

  • Site preparation, soil inoculation with microbiomes, and mulching to promote healthy soil

  • Installation techniques and erosion/stormwater runoff controls

  • Irrigation, non-irrigation, and rainwater use

  • Desired design outcomes

  • Maintenance and adaptive measures

Course Dates: Tuesdays, 6-9pm, September 24 to December 10 and Saturdays, 9am-12pm on 10/19, 11/2, and 12/7

Course Number: ENVR-40018
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)

Instructor: Michael J. Gonzales

Natural Resources has been a focus of Mike Gonzales’ career in environmental compliance and project management in Southern California. As a biologist, Mike conducts general habitat and vegetation surveys, rare plant surveys, protocol surveys for certain special-status species, and jurisdictional delineations. He prepares and reviews biological technical reports, habitat restoration plans, resource management plans, and local and regulatory agency permit applications and associated studies in compliance with the Clean Water Act, the Federal and California Endangered Species Acts, the California Fish and Game Code, and the California Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act. He has extensive working knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, and stormwater compliance regulations, including environmental documents, alternatives analyses, and consistency evaluations for regional multiple species preserve documents under the Natural Communities Conservation Program.

Mike became a member of California Native Plant Society, San Diego Chapter (CNPS-SD) over 28 years ago, for one reason – to drive his Nissan pickup to the Annual Fall Sale at Balboa Park and load it up with as many native plants as could be stuffed into the truck-bed for planting in his yard. Having gained a passionate appreciation for the many benefits of “native-scapes”, he has been serving as the CNPS-SD rep on the San Diego Pollinator Alliance (SDPA) which includes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, Sky Mountain Permaculture Institute, and Butterfly Farms. A key accomplishment of SDPA is the Pollinator Pathway Exhibit at San Diego County Fair which provides a hands-on learning experience about how people can assist Monarch butterflies and other pollinators by taking simple conservation-related actions. It is located at “The Farm” (i.e., infield of the track at the fairgrounds) and is composed of educational and experiential components designed to inform visitors about the beauty and importance of pollinators, and why native habitat is important to them. The Exhibit displays ways that fair-goers can create and protect pollinator habitat around their homes, work, and schools, as well as other specific actions they can take to benefit pollinators.

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Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Moosa Creek Nursery Annual Sunset Sip'n Shop

Registration and ticket sales are now open for our Sunset Sip and Shop. We had such fun at last year's Sip ‘n Shop that we have been persuaded to make this an annual event. Come and enjoy the beautiful valley location, meet other native plant enthusiasts, learn about Moosa Creek's Tough As Nails plants for San Diego, and be the first to hear about our news and events. You will get to taste some wines from our local wineries, along with locally raised handmade cheese and appetizers.

We are proud of our local Valley Center growers who work hard to provide sustainably produced healthy fare. This will be an evening to savor, experience the bounty of our valley and look forward with anticipation to the landscapes that will be created.

Tickets: $25

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CNPS-SD Seed and Bulb Team's Seed Sorting Party
Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

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

  • Tecolote Canyon Nature Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mark your calendar for the CNPS SD Seed and Bulb team's seed sorting party. No experience necessary and new volunteers are welcome.

We will be replenishing our inventory in anticipation of our fall workshop and plant sale.

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

See you there!

Cindy Hazuka

Directions to Tecolote Nature Center
From Interstate 5 take the Sea World Drive/Tecolote Road Exit and travel east. The road looks like it ends but there is a driveway/narrower road that keeps going East with a bunch of baseball fields to your right. Get on the narrow road and proceed to the end of the road. The Nature Center is on the right at the end of the turnabout near the Tecalote Canyon Trailhead. We will be in the M. Eloise Battle Learning Center near the bathrooms. P.S. There is air conditioning!

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Native Bugs of the Californias and the Plants that Love/Hate Them
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

Native Bugs of the Californias and the Plants that Love/Hate Them

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

Speaker: Dr. Michael Wall, Curator of Entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum

The vast diversity of native plants in Peninsular California supports an even more vast diversity of native insects and their cousins. Michael’s presentation will focus on some of the highly specialized relationships between native plants and animals, and how those relationships fuel biodiversity and ecosystem services. 

Dr. Michael Wall, Curator of Entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum has been slowly learning about our region’s insect diversity since arriving in San Diego in 2006. Before that, he worked at the Australian Museum after getting a PhD in Entomology at University of Connecticut. Before he saw the light, he earned both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in botany at Auburn University in Alabama. 

https://www.sdnhm.org/science/entomology/

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

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The San Diego Native Bee Garden: Planting and Designing a Garden for Native Bees

With Julie Serences, Xerces Society Partner in Pollinator Conservation

How do you know it’s a bee? A little solitary bee biology. What landscape design features do they need to be successful in your yard? Seasonality? Emphasis will be on specific plant and bee interactions.  What bee behaviors to look for in your landscapes?

Julie Serences is a self-taught naturalist and professional educator with over twenty-five years of experience teaching learners of all ages. She has given presentations to many diverse groups from the Cal EPA, to Master Gardeners, to local gardening clubs, to the Pesticide Applicators Professional Association. She has been giving talks about native bees for the Xerces Society for the last 8 years.  She moved to San Diego five years ago, ripped out the lawn and started a garden for native bees.  

San Diego Bee Garden Presentation Resources (PDF)

https://xerces.org

email Julie

Habitat and Nesting Requirements: Some Backyard Bees (PDF)

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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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. We will also be discussing the specific preferences of our favorite local birds and how to provide them in your garden.

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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)

Rachele will share the growing importance of using trees in the landscape; especially their ability to capture and sequester carbon dioxide.  She will explore some of the best native trees for landscaping in our region, some of their unique characteristics, special needs and considerations for selecting, planting and maintaining them.


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.org and Winner of San Diego Home and Garden’s Garden of the Year Award in 2012)

Panel moderated by Lee Gordon, California Native Gardener, Propagator, Experimenter

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

-General Registration: $55 includes admission to all five sessions, coffee and muffins in the morning and catered sandwiches with chips and fruit for lunch

-Student Registration (with proof of student ID at door): $25 includes all of above

-Door Registration: $55 (if available) includes all of above

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

  • This is a sustainable event. Please BRING YOUR OWN REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLES. Water fill stations will be available.

Photo by Bob Byrnes

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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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CNPS-SD Seed and Bulb Team's Seed Sorting Party
Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

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

Mark your calendar for the CNPS SD Seed and Bulb team's seed sorting party. No experience necessary and new volunteers are welcome.

We will be replenishing our inventory in anticipation of our fall workshop and plant sale.

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

See you there!

Cindy Hazuka

Directions to Tecolote Nature Center
From Interstate 5 take the Sea World Drive/Tecolote Road Exit and travel east. The road looks like it ends but there is a driveway/narrower road that keeps going East with a bunch of baseball fields to your right. Get on the narrow road and proceed to the end of the road. The Nature Center is on the right at the end of the turnabout near the Tecalote Canyon Trailhead. We will be in the M. Eloise Battle Learning Center near the bathrooms. P.S. There is air conditioning!

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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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Volcan Mountain Rare Plant Survey
Sep
1
8:00 AM08:00

Volcan Mountain Rare Plant Survey

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DIFFICULTY: MODERATE [Unknown length]
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Amateur botanist +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all [This event only], no charge
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT - Temps over 95F (32C) or Storm Warnings]

Having taken August off due to the heat, I considered waiting out September as well. However, an email chain from the Volcan Mountain Foundation brought an interesting opportunity in front of us: Surveying a restricted access montane preserve.

The Volcan Mountain Nature Center and trails above it, protected by the Preserve, are about as wild as the Peninsular Range gets so close to civilization. As such, there have been few botanical surveys on the mountain. We aim to add more, starting this summer and following up over the years ahead. This field trip will focus on providing CNPS survey protocol survey data to the Foundation's records as well as other partnering organizations like the NAT, CDFW via CNDDB, and CalFlora via iNat. We might be doing collections on the mountain where permitted.

Read more and RSVP here

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CNPS-SD Seed and Bulb Team's Seed Sorting Party
Aug
24
9:00 AM09:00

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

Mark your calendar for the CNPS SD Seed and Bulb team's seed sorting party. No experience necessary and new volunteers are welcome.

We will be replenishing our inventory in anticipation of our fall workshop and plant sale.

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

See you there!

Cindy Hazuka

Directions to Tecolote Nature Center
From Interstate 5 take the Sea World Drive/Tecolote Road Exit and travel east. The road looks like it ends but there is a driveway/narrower road that keeps going East with a bunch of baseball fields to your right. Get on the narrow road and proceed to the end of the road. The Nature Center is on the right at the end of the turnabout near the Tecalote Canyon Trailhead. We will be in the M. Eloise Battle Learning Center near the bathrooms. P.S. There is air conditioning!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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