When Europeans arrived in 1769 in San Diego Bay, people had lived in the region for thousands of years. The local native Americans knew every native plant that played a useful part in their daily lives. Since 2008, the Native Plant Landscape has been planted with locally useful plants, and tended by volunteers, under the guidance of CNPS members. Currently the Landscape is home to around forty species that were growing in the coastal region when Europeans arrived, and that are known to be useful.
The Landscape is at the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets. Park in the lot at the corner of Calhoun and Taylor. The tasks for the day will be to prune some overgrown shrubs in the Landscape, and dig out any rice grass that has come up since we weeded in August. This particular weed is 99% contained, but the 1% keeps trying to make a comeback. Ten years of TLC have worn down the seed bank.
Bring drinking water and sun protection, gloves, loppers and hand pruners if you have them, or share the leader’s tools and gloves. After the volunteers finish tidying up the Landscape, those who want to will relax and socialize at a no-host lunch at one of the local restaurants in the State Park area.
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