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CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Inviting Nature Home
Apr
13
to Apr 14

CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Inviting Nature Home

FEATURING THE CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDENS OF CENTRAL SAN DIEGO COUNTY

PC: Dennis Mudd

NOTE: Online ticketing will close at midnight, Friday, April 12. Tickets will be available at the door throughout tour weekend at the Tickets and Info garden at 11855 Caminito Sanudo in San Diego, CA. (gate code #11855). The Tickets and Info garden will be open from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 & 14.

The California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter (CNPS-San Diego) presents its seventh annual Garden Tour, Inviting Nature Home: Native Gardens of Central San Diego County, the weekend of April 13 & 14, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. each day. With this self-guided tour, spend a day or two exploring and learning from these gardens that highlight plants that create habitat, dry streambed bioswales, adjacent natural areas, water catchment devices, slope gardens, charming water features, bridges, sculptures and more. Be inspired this Spring!

TOUR

Self-guided with docents at 14 private gardens. 7 additional gardens on the Tour for front yard viewing listed in program book. Admission good for both days of the Tour.

Attendees ordering tickets online April 6 and after will pick up their program booklets during Tour weekend at the Tickets and Info garden at 11855 Caminito Sanudo in San Diego, CA (gate code #11855) beginning at 9:30am.

LOCATION

Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Clairemont

PC: Torrey Neel

-Entry to 14 private residential gardens staffed with interpretive docents, owners, and designers

-7 additional FYI (Front Yard Inspiration) gardens on the route

-Instructional presentations and plantings on Saturday and Sunday

PC: Torrey Neel

ON SALE DURING THE TOUR

-A comprehensive selection of California native plant-related books on sale at the door ticket sales location in Scripps Ranch

-Seeds for over 100 species of California native plants. Start your garden from scratch with minimal investment.

-An expanded array of California native plants in 1 gallon and 5 gallon sizes from Moosa Creek Nursery will be available at Walter Andersen Nursery in Poway during Tour weekend. Tour attendees receive a 10% discount on these plants during Tour weekend.


Plants Labels & QR Codes

On the Tour, plant species will be labeled such that you identify them. The labels will also have QR codes that will automatically take you to a full page description of the plant on our Plant Profiles section of our website. If you do not currently have a QR reader app on your smartphone you can download one here:

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OVERVIEW MAP

Although we cannot list garden addresses here or in any electronic format due to privacy concerns, all addresses and locations are listed in the Tour booklet you will receive when you purchase a ticket. Here is an overview map to give you a general idea of the scope of the Tour: https://www.cnpssd.org/gt2019map


Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Pauwai

(SUNDAY ONLY)

Photo courtesy of Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center of Pauwai

Photo courtesy of Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center of Pauwai

Take a one-hour Guided Tour on Sunday, April 14! The 5-acre Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Pauwai features a demonstration garden representing local plant life as the Kumeyaay knew it 2,000 years ago. This authentic habitat site includes a hillside walk for the adventurous explorer. You will be guided along this trail by knowledgeable docents where you can run your fingers over deep acorn grinding holes, peer into accurate representation of native huts (‘ewaas) and breathe in California's signature aromas of sage and pine. Learn about how plants were used for food, clothing, shelter and medicines (ethnobotany) and behold this special site where you can truly envision how this land looked so long ago.

This special extended, comprehensive tour is being offered exclusively for the Garden Tour. The cost will be $10 and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the City of Poway for the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center. Buy your tickets early as we expect that this will sell out quickly.

PC: Torrey Neel

GARDEN TALKS

Saturday, April 13, 1:00–1:30 p.m., Speaker: Lee Gordon at ‘Native Plants Win! A Beautified Brush Management Zone’

Native plants in your garden support native insects, which in turn provide food for birds. This makes for a pollinator paradise and is why native gardens are able to bring so many birds to and around your home. The good news is that there is such a wide diversity of natives in San Diego that you can find a great variety of plants no matter where you live. One of the best ways to find native plants that will work in your landscape is to wander in nearby open spaces and see what grows. Lee will talk about learning to identify local native plants that will be successful and require low maintenance. If you choose to do some irrigation, your choices multiply. We will discuss irrigation, both before you plant and for maintenance, how to plant, controlling weeds, and keeping plants trimmed.

Saturday, April 13, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Greg Rubin and Leo Hernandez at ‘Our Own Personal Natural Refuge’

Greg Rubin and Leo Hernandez of California's Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. will be available to chat and take questions in the garden.

Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. with Vincent and Daniel Bellino at ‘Name that Native’

Vincent and Daniel Bellino of Restoring California, who currently care for this lovely garden (originally installed by Greg Rubin), will be available to chat with you about why they love using California native plants in every garden design.

Refer to Tour booklet for garden addresses.


PC: Torrey Neel

Learn about how to plant native plants! Participate in one of our PLANTING DEMOS

Saturday, April 13, 11:00–11:30 a.m. at ‘Carriage Chaparral Trail’

Join Greg Rubin of California’s Own Native Landscape Design for a short discussion on how to approach preparing and planting a native vs. conventional landscape and why we follow this methodology, ending with a planting demonstration and Q&A.

Sunday, April 14, 1:00–1:30 p.m. at ‘California Meets Tuscany’

Join John Corning of Kelly Grn Native Landscape Living for a short discussion on soil types, techniques for digging holes, plant placement, whether or not to mulch, and irrigation, ending with a planting demonstration and Q&A.

Refer to Tour booklet for garden addresses.

PC: Judie Lincer

TICKETS

DOOR on Tour Weekend:$35
Purchase at Tickets and Info Garden-11855 Caminito Sanudo, San Diego, CA 92131 (Gate Code: 11855)

Note: Details may change without notice. This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are not refundable but are transferable to another person.

Questions Please email gardentour@cnpssd.org

PC: Lee Gordon

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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