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Help Remove Pesky Plants from the Old Town Native Landscape
Aug
10
9:00 AM09:00

Help Remove Pesky Plants from the Old Town Native Landscape

Please come help us grub out unwanted weeds remaining in the Native Landscape. We may be pruning a few low-hanging branches too.

Come by train, trolley or bus to the Old Town Transit Station and cross at Taylor Street. Or if you drive, park in the “F” lot in Old Town, off Taylor and Calhoun – usually easy at that time of day. Look for us near the McCoy House Museum.

Bring water, sun protection, and a favorite hand tool if you have one, or use ours - lots to choose from.

Questions? Contact Kay at OldTownLandscape@cnpssd.org

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 Help Remove Pesky Plants from the Old Town Native Landscape
Jul
13
9:00 AM09:00

Help Remove Pesky Plants from the Old Town Native Landscape

Please come help us grub out unwanted weeds remaining in the Native Landscape. We may be pruning a few low-hanging branches too.

Come by train, trolley or bus to the Old Town Transit Station and cross at Taylor Street. Or if you drive, park in the “F” lot in Old Town, off Taylor and Calhoun – usually easy at that time of day. Look for us near the McCoy House Museum.

Bring water, sun protection, and a favorite hand tool if you have one, or use ours - lots to choose from.

Questions? Contact Kay at OldTownLandscape@cnpssd.org

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Your Weeding Help Will be Welcomed at the Old Town Native Landscape
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Your Weeding Help Will be Welcomed at the Old Town Native Landscape

The 1/2-acre Native Landscape in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is being re-created. It was originally planted with large native shrubs, but the site was mis-used by people hiding behind the shrubs. It now is being prepped to be planted in the fall/winter with around 500 individual native plants of a dozen plant species that will grow into a low variegated carpet of plants. 

The low plants will not provide hiding places for people to mis-use the area. They will nestle in the shade of the thriving native trees or will fill up some sunny meadows. There will also be some beautiful tall native succulent and perennial accents. 

You are invited to burn off some calories and get to know some fellow CAnative plant lovers. We will focus on weed control. What doesn't get done this month will be done in July or August, on the second Saturday of each month, 9 AM to 1 PM.

The Native Landscape is at the west end of Old Town, where Taylor and Congress Streets meet. If you come by trolley, train, or bus, cross at Taylor and enter the DG roadway by the adobe wall painted with a welcome sign.

If you drive, park in the lot east of Taylor, south of Calhoun. or in the shady parking lot at the CalTrans building, entered at Taylor and Juan Street intersection. Walk to the adobe welcome sign at Taylor and Congress. 

Bring water, sun protection, and garden gloves and a favorite weeding tool. Or share ours.

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

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The Old Town Native Landscape Needs Your Help to Prepare it For Big Fall Planting
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

The Old Town Native Landscape Needs Your Help to Prepare it For Big Fall Planting

Where: Meet at 9 AM at the McCoy House Museum, the two-story white building at the west end of Old Town State Park where the bus/train/trolley station is located. This is at the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets.

The Native Landscape will be the site of a major planting effort in November-December 2019. In order to minimize the weed seeds on the site, we are inviting volunteers to come once/month on the second Saturday of the month between now and November, to weed. Then, when we plant new native plants,
they will have the best chance to establish without having to fight for space with exotic invaders.

In May we plan to remove exotic grasses that are already going to seed, to reduce this years' prolific weed crop's seed from getting into the ground. We also hope to finally obliterate the three weedy clover species that came up this year.

Bring water and have sun protection. If you have gloves and a favorite weeding tool, bring them, or share ours.

Take bus, train, or trolley to the Old Town Station, and cross at the corner of Taylor and Congress. If you drive there is free parking in the F lot in Old Town, next to Calhoun Street, or in the CalTrans lot that you enter at Juan and Taylor Streets.

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

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Work Party at the Old Town Native Landscape
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Work Party at the Old Town Native Landscape

Free Parking: in the CA Dept of Transportation parking lot of Taylor Street. Enter from the signal at Taylor and Juan. 

Walk to the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets, enter by the welcome sign, and up the DG road. 

Meet at the McCoy House Museum.

Have sun protection. Rain will cancel.

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

 

 

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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