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Old Town Native Plant Landscape Work Party
Jul
14
9:30 AM09:30

Old Town Native Plant Landscape Work Party

Have you ever been to the Old Town Native Plant Landscape? It is our CNPS Chapter's most enduring public native plant landscape. It is viewed by thousands of people every year. 

You can become a part of the Chapter's successful outreach by volunteering. Park for free in the State Park lot at the corner of Calhoun and Taylor Streets. Meet under the sycamores. Bring water & have sun protection. Also bring gloves and your favorite gardening tools, or use the Chapter's.

Questions? contact Kay or Peter at oldtownlandscape@cnpssd.org

 

 

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Old Town Native Plant Landscape Work Party
Jun
9
9:30 AM09:30

Old Town Native Plant Landscape Work Party

Have you ever been to the Old Town Native Plant Landscape? It is our CNPS Chapter's most enduring public native plant landscape. It is viewed by thousands of people every year. 

You can become a part of the Chapter's successful outreach by volunteering. Park for free in the State Park lot at the corner of Calhoun and Taylor Streets. Meet under the sycamores. Bring water & have sun protection. Also bring gloves and your favorite gardening tools, or use the Chapter's.

Questions? contact Kay or Peter at oldtownlandscape@cnpssd.org

 

 

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The Old Town Native Plant Landscape Needs YOU!
May
12
9:30 AM09:30

The Old Town Native Plant Landscape Needs YOU!

It is seen by more visitors than any other native plant landscape in San Diego. A few die-hard members have tended it for ten years. We hope more CNPS members will come help us and bond with it.

Please come help us grub out unwanted non-native pest plants. Bring your own gloves and hand tools or share ours. Bring water and sun protection.

After we hit the noon hour, some of us will go for a no-host lunch.

The landscape is at the corner of Congress and Taylor Streets. Park for free in the lot off Calhoun Street, past the green dumpsters.

 

Questions? Contact Kay or Peter at OldTownLandscape@cnpssd.org

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Help Tend the Native Plant Landscape in Old Town State Park
Mar
10
9:30 AM09:30

Help Tend the Native Plant Landscape in Old Town State Park

The ten-year-old Old Town Native Plant Landscape supports trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials that lived in this coastal region when Europeans arrived in 1769. Most of the species of plants are useful for humans, as well as native wildlife.

 

In March the care for the Old Town Landscape includes some light arborist work, reducing foliage on brancht ips to prevent tree branches from breaking. We also do some careful weeding around herbaceous annuals, cacti, and shrubby plants.

We have found techniques that work, and we’ll be glad to teach you, if you volunteer to help us do the work!

 

The Native Plant Landscape is located at the far west end of Old Town, where Taylor and Congress Streets meet, across from the Trolley/Bus/Train depot. Park in the lot at the corner of Calhoun and Taylor Streets. Bring water or other favorite hydration and have sun protection. Bring garden gloves and your favorite weeding tools or share ours.

After we finish our tasks, whoever wants to will go to a local restaurant for no-host lunch and socializing.

Questions? Contact Kay or Peter at oldtownlandscape@cnpssd.org

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Old Town Native Plant Landscape Extra Weeding Party
Feb
24
9:30 AM09:30

Old Town Native Plant Landscape Extra Weeding Party

  • Old Town Historical State Park (map)
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Weeds are growing again. At this second February work party we will focus volunteers on digging out exotic grasses. The rabbits that live in the NPL can't keep up with the demand!

We also may see some seedling wildflowers, so we will want to be especially careful in the areas where seed banks of native annuals lie in the soil.

The landscape is the far west end of Old Town State Historic Park, at the corner of Congress and Taylor Street across from the train/trolley/bus depot. Park for free in the lot off Taylor and Calhoun Streets. Meet us under the Sycamores. Bring your favorite weeding tools and gloves, and sun protection usually is a good idea.  Questions? Contact Kay or Peter at OldTownLandscape@cnpssd.org.

 

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Volunteers Invited to give TLC to the Old Town Native Plant Landscape
Feb
10
9:30 AM09:30

Volunteers Invited to give TLC to the Old Town Native Plant Landscape

  • Old Town Historical State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wildflower seeds planted over the past two years that were donated by the Chapter Seed Committee will be coming up, we hope. The Old Town Landscape gets irrigated twice every month, so whether or not rains have fallen in January, by February the longer days should be encouraging seedlings to grow. Come help us thin out unwanted weeds and see how many native wildflowers look when they are babies, and enjoy the company of fellow native plant lovers.

The landscape is the far west end of Old Town State Historic Park, at the corner of Congress and Taylor Street across from the train/trolley/bus depot. Park for free in the lot off Taylor and Calhoun Streets. Bring your favorite weeding tools and gloves, and sun protection usually is a good idea.  Questions? Contact Kay or Peter at OldTownLandscape@cnpssd.org.

 

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Old Town Native Plant Landscape Needs You and Your Wheelbarrow, Wagon or Cart
Jan
13
9:30 AM09:30

Old Town Native Plant Landscape Needs You and Your Wheelbarrow, Wagon or Cart

We will be placing toaster-sized rocks (or larger) to protect irrigation heads and plants. A toaster-sized rock weighs over 40 lbs, so we need ways to move them safely. That is where your wagon, garden cart, or wheelbarrow will be really handy, since the landscape’s volunteer coordinators only have one wheelbarrow between them.

The rock will be delivered the day before in a pile next to the landscape. Volunteers will excavate shallow pits and then move the rocks into them. We always do a little weeding too, so shovels, hand tools and gloves will be handy. Bring your own, or borrow ours.

The Landscape is at the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets. Park in the lot east of Taylor and south of Calhoun. 

At the end of the work party those who want can go for a no-host lunch.

Questions? Email OldTownLandscape@cnpssd.org

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Old Town Planting Party is Postponed Due to Concerns over Hepatitis-A Risk in San Diego County
Nov
11
9:30 AM09:30

Old Town Planting Party is Postponed Due to Concerns over Hepatitis-A Risk in San Diego County

The annual November planting in the Old Town Native Plant Landscape is postponed to December. There is a chance of Hepatitis-A contamination, and the virus can survive at least two months in the soil. We don’t want our volunteers to risk exposure to the virus when they are digging holes. 

If you are vaccinated against Hep-A, and want to join a planting party on Saturday, December 11, please email Kay at oldtownlandscape@cnpssd.org by the end of November. We will scale the planting in December to fit the size of the vaccinated planting team.

If you are not vaccinated yet, and want to volunteer here, or in other urban parks, vaccination is easy, safe and cheap. Vaccinations can be arranged with your physician and/or are available free of charge through a county health clinic. More info on clinics here: http://www.sdiz.org

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Tend the Native Plant Landscape in Old Town State Historic Park
Sep
9
9:30 AM09:30

Tend the Native Plant Landscape in Old Town State Historic Park

  • Old Town Historical State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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. 

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Late Summer Cleanup at the Old Town Native Plant Landscape
Aug
12
9:30 AM09:30

Late Summer Cleanup at the Old Town Native Plant Landscape

We'll talk about what could be used from the landscape and clean it up as it
needs. Probably nip away at the post-fruitful elderberries, for starters.

Please bring water and sun protection. If you have loppers and/or hand
pruners, please bring them, and your gloves, or share ours.

Park in the lot off Calhoun and Taylor Streets. We meet under the sycamores
next to the parking lot. Some of us may go for no-host lunch at a local
restaurant after we wrap it up at noon.

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Come Learn by Tending the Old Town Native Plant Landscape
Jun
10
9:30 AM09:30

Come Learn by Tending the Old Town Native Plant Landscape

In June we'll complete cleaning up the little demonstration wetland so
visitors can see and learn about the usefulness of bulrush and yerba mansa.
We also will prune overgrown California's native herbaceous plants, shrubs
and trees of thirty-odd species of useful California native plants.

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