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Fire-resistant Native Landscape Principles

  • South Coast Botanic Garden 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, 90274 United States (map)

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’


Sponsored by the South Coast chapter of CNPS

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.