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Fall California Native Plant Sale
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Fall California Native Plant Sale

Photo: Chris Hendrickson

Photo: Phillip Roullard

This event is held during the perfect planting season for those starting or supplementing a California native garden. There will be California native plants of just about every description from grasses to trees and shrubs, perennials to annuals, and even some succulents and ferns. 

California native plants are optimal for saving water; attracting native birds, bees and butterflies; and preserving San Diego’s natural heritage.

 

 

The sale will be held in the Balboa Park’s Theater Courtyard between the Casa Del Prado Theater and Casa Del Prado and across from the West entrance of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Here are some more lists of plants available at the upcoming plant sale to aid you in selection.

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“What Do I Do Now – Now that I Have Purchased All of These Plants?” Speaker: CNPS-SD Garden Committee expert, Lee Gordon

Casa del Prado, Room 104 at 1:00 and 2:00pm, Saturday, Oct 13


Photo: Chris Hendrickson

·            250+ different species of California native plants

·            100+ different species of California native seeds and bulbs

·            Books and merchandise for sale

·            Members receive discount of 10% on all plants purchased

·            An Ask Me table of experts to answer your questions

And this year there are two free afternoon workshop sessions: “What Do I Do Now – Now that I Have Purchased All of These Plants?” given by Garden Committee expert Lee Gordon.

Photo: Chris Hendrickson

Photo: Chris Hendrickson

For questions, please email: plantsale@cnpssd.org

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CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Native Gardens for Beauty and Sustainability
Apr
14
to Apr 15

CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Native Gardens for Beauty and Sustainability

Join us on the 6th Annual CNPS Native Garden Tour that will be held in North County on Saturday & Sunday, April 14th & 15th and includes the areas of Encinitas, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido.  We are featuring 17 residential gardens and several non-residential and public gardens.  Spend a day or two exploring some lovely neighborhoods and backcountry areas. We have a great variety of lovely gardens including features such as gardening on slopes, dry streambeds, bioswales, water catchment, charming water features, bridges, garden art, striking sculptures and more.

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California Native Gardening Demonstration Winter Workshop: See How It’s Done!
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

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

Photo by Jeff Silva

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Please email us at specialevents@cnpssd.org if you'd like to get first word and offers on all upcoming special events. 

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.

LEARN HOW TO

  • 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

DETAILS

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

SCHEDULE

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

MORE DETAILS

  • 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!    

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

Photo by Jeff Silva

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Fall California Native Plant Sale
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Fall California Native Plant Sale

This event is held during the perfect planting season for those starting or supplementing a California native garden. There will be California native plants of just about every description from grasses to trees and shrubs, perennials to annuals, and even some succulents and ferns.

California native plants are optimal for saving water; attracting native birds, bees and butterflies; and preserving San Diego’s natural heritage. 

In addition to plants, there will be seeds, books, posters and other plant-related items. Friendly knowledgeable experts will be on hand for plant selection advice. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. A convenient curbside loading zone is available for picking up plants. This California native plant sale will be in the Balboa Park’s Theater Courtyard between the Casa Del Prado Theater and Casa Del Prado and across from the West entrance of the San Diego Natural History Museum.

EARLY ENTRY: CNPS members may start shopping at 9:00am 

For questions, please contact Carolyn Martus at plantsale@cnpssd.org

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GARDENING WORKSHOP: Create Beauty with California Natives - Learn from the Best!
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

GARDENING WORKSHOP: Create Beauty with California Natives - Learn from the Best!

  • On the campus of First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego (map)
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Join us for a day of speaker presentations and hands-on sessions with field experts. Learn how to:

* Successfully plant and maintain native gardens
* Encourage sustainable native habitats for birds, insects, butterflies and other animals. 
* Use local resources for both new and experienced native gardeners

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CNPS-San Diego Garden Native Spring Plant Sale
Apr
29
9:00 AM09:00

CNPS-San Diego Garden Native Spring Plant Sale

Presented concurrently with the Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden (CWCG) Spring Garden Festival, the CNPS-SD Garden Native Spring Plant Sale will feature:

  • Native shrubs, trees, flowering plants
  • Seeds, books, posters
  • Convenient curbside parking for loading plants
  • Friendly, knowledgeable experts to assist you
  • Cash, checks and credit cards accepted

Why native plants? Attract birds and butterflies, save water, and preserve California's natural heritage.

 

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