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Garden-worthy Grasses and Grass-like Plants for the Garden

  • Casa del Prado, Room 101 1600 Village Place San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

with Carol Bornstein, Author and Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


We eat and drink them, build with them, and play on them. Of the 10,000+ species of grasses, discover some of the many California native choices for ornamental value as well. Whether replacing your water-guzzling lawn with a low-care alternative, creating habitat for wildlife, or simply adding movement to your garden, this talk will offer up many climate-appropriate native grasses and grass-like plants to consider. 




Carol Bornstein is Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where she oversees the long-term care and development of this 3.5-acre habitat for urban wildlife. For nearly 30 years, she was horticulturist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Carol co-authored two books, the national award-winning California Native Plants for the Gardenand Reimagining the California Lawn: Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs, both of which champion the benefits of designing gardens in harmony with nature. She continues to advocate for sustainable, regionally appropriate landscaping and to share her knowledge of plants native to California and other mediterranean and dry-climate regions through her writing, teaching, and design work. She received a B.S. in Botany from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Horticulture from Michigan State University.



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Developing a Wildflower Meadow


with Greg Rubin

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