A small garden group, the Lake Hodges Native Plant Club, was created in 1981. Ten years later, the Club entered into an agreement with the Wild Animal Park (now known as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park) to create a native garden there. Over the years, five acres of undeveloped land in the northeast corner of the Park have been transformed into a series of unique native habitat gardens (“nativescapes”) show-casing all plants endemic to San Diego County. There are nine native plant communities represented: from low Desert to riparian to montane. The California Nativescape Garden has been described by Sunset Magazine as “the most convincing wild thing” in the Park. The Club’s highly-committed volunteer effort to implement, maintain and nurture the California Nativescape Garden has withstood over 25 years of changes in Club membership and administrative changes at the Park. Judy is proud to share the Club’s story and give some insight into the next 25 years!
Judy LaVine is retired after 26 years in manufacturing. After earning a BA in Chemical Engineering (a proud Michigan Wolverine) and a MA in Finance (UC Berkeley), she found employment with Raychem Corporation, a high-tech polymer manufacturing company in the San Francisco Bay Area, at which she held positions in Manufacturing Engineering, Logistics, Customer Service, Product and Project Management. Upon retiring to San Diego County in 2007, Judy joined the Lake Hodges Native Plant Club to learn more about gardening with native plants. Other hobbies include running, modern quilting, being Grandmother to three adorable grandkids, and creating her own native and drought-tolerant garden on 2 ½ acres at her home.
6:30pm-7pm: Natives for Novices: Caring for your Open Space. Arne Johanson will enlighten us regarding weeds and weeding in our canyons and open space - and revegetating or not.
7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.
7:30pm: Featured Presentation