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California Native Gardening Demonstration Winter Workshop: See How It’s Done!

  • San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Drive Encinitas, CA, 92024 United States (map)

Photo by Jeff Silva


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You're invited! Please join us for a day of speaker presentations and hands-on sessions with field experts. This is a great opportunity for you to gain important knowledge about native gardening. The workshop is held in perfect timing for late winter/spring planting.


  • Propagate natives from seed & cuttings
  • Successfully plant, irrigate and maintain native gardens
  • Participate in a tour of the Garden's native plant preserve including explanations of San Diego's wildlife ecology, diverse plant populations, ethnobotanical uses of native plants such as food and medicinal uses, dyes, Kumeyaay dwellings, etc.
  • Learn about installing raptor nest boxes and other forms of gopher control for your garden


There will be 5 presentations, hands-on seminars, and demos in which attendees will be invited to participate. A couple of sessions will break into two smaller groups for easier hands-on participation and in the following session the groups switch place. Everybody gets to participate in all sessions! We will wind up the day with an expert panel. 

Throughout all sessions attendees will learn ways in which to plant and maintain natives, how to lessen inevitable damage from gophers and the far-reaching benefits of using native horticulture. These benefits include low-water use, low maintenance, and providing habitat for native wildlife including birds and other pollinators.

  • Breakfast, Snacks, Starbucks coffee & Lunch 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.
  • Stroll the grounds with free admission to the SD Botanic Garden after the workshop.

Photo by Stephen Rosenthal


8:15-8:45 am Registration and Breakfast

9-9:50 am Propagation Using Cuttings and Seeds
Su and Hank Kraus (Owners, Moosa Creek Nursery)

10-11:50am Hands-on Native Horticultural Plant Garden & Native Plant Preserve Tour
Lucy Warren and Greg Rubin (Co-authors of two books on California native gardening)
Tony Gurnoe (Horticultural Director, SD Botanic Garden)

11:50am Lunch

12:10pm Irrigation Explored
Mike Evans (Founder, Tree of Life Nursery)

1:00-2:30pm Barn Owl/Kestrel Box Demo & Gopher Trapping
Danny Sedivec (Founder & Executive Director, The Raptor Institute)
Tony Gurnoe (Horticultural Director, SD Botanic Garden)

2:45-3:30pm Experts panel answering participant questions


  • This is a sustainable event. Please bring a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. We will have water available throughout the day
  • We encourage carpooling. Free parking is included. 
  • The event is held Rain or Shine-come dressed for the outdoors!    

We don't offer refunds. However, your registration is transferable to another person.

Photo by Jeff Silva