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WORKSHOP-The Resilient California Native Garden

  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego 298 West Arbor Drive San Diego, CA, 92103 United States (map)

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We invite you to join the California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter for a special day of speaker presentations from experts in the field of California native gardening. Our Garden Tour this past April presented numerous examples of long-established California native gardens and other gardens that were in-the-making.  Whether you have been inspired to plant your first native garden or already have an established garden, this workshop will offer solid insight into getting it right.

Photo by Dennis Mudd

DESCRIPTION

Many gardeners planting California native plants for the first time are beset with challenges in getting the plants to establish themselves in the landscape. Native plants may not follow all of our standard horticultural guidelines, or, native gardens may become established but then suffer misfortunes of mortality that discourage us and leave us wondering what we did wrong.

In this workshop the presenters will offer ways to enhance the natural resilience of native landscapes, whether you are planting for the first time or are redesigning parts of your established landscape. Whether it is planting native trees or plants to attract birds as an important part of your ecosystem, or designing your area to make best use of water, this workshop will assist you in looking at the larger ecological picture and being creative in your decision making.

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DETAILS

There will be five sessions in all. The 5th session of the day will be a moderated panel of experts answering numerous participant questions.

  • Muffins, coffee, snacks, & catered sandwiches 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.

  • Native plants available for purchase from Moosa Creek Nursery and Tree of Life Nursery from 8:00am-1:30pm. Representatives from the nurseries can help you select and we can hold your purchased plants for pickup at the end of the workshop.

  • Enjoy the outdoor campus of the venue planted with California native plants.


SCHEDULE

8:00-9:00am Registration, Coffee and Muffins, Plant Sale

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9:00am GARDENING IS FOR THE BIRDS — BIRDSCAPING YOUR GARDEN USING NATIVE PLANTS 

Teresa Everett (California Native Gardening Specialty Presenter and Featured Gardener on the CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour 2018)

Learn how to create a garden that will encourage birds to use your garden year-round. Teresa will discuss the essential landscape requirements that will provide for the general bird population’s needs. In addition, each species of bird have different needs; some eat seeds, some drink nectar, some eat insects and others dine on fruit.

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10:15am WATERING FOR HEALTH, FIRE RESISTANCE, AND CONSERVATION IN THE CALIFORNIA NATIVE LANDSCAPE

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’ )

Discover time-tested successful methods for watering your native landscape, including new vs. established landscapes, promoting fire resistance, and ways to keep precious water on-site. Greg will touch on different approaches, including some newer methods that appear to work well with and take advantage of native ecology.

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11:30am LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVE TREES

Rachele Melious (Certified Arborist and Tree San Diego Education Lead)

How to plant and maintain trees for optimal health and longevity. Rachele will explore some of the best native trees for our region including some of their unique characteristics and special needs.



12:30 Lunch and Plant Sale

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1:30 HORTICULTURAL VALOR IN THE NATIVE GARDEN-BE BOLD! 

Mike Evans (President of Tree of Life Nursery and Winner of  Southern California Horticultural Society ‘2019 Horticulturist of the Year’ )

With the on-going disappearance of small specialty nurseries, and the simplistic, homogenous "look" apparent in current ornamental garden design, native plantings are proving to be among the only unique, truly diverse gardens being made. Now is the time to be bold! We can write garden narratives that showcase both natural gardens and good horticulture.

2:30 PANEL- I WILL SURVIVE: STRATEGIES FOR CREATING A FLOURISHING AND DURABLE CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDEN  

Joan Bockman (Founder Seaside Garden Tour in Oceanside, and Featured Gardener on the CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour 2018)

Don Rideout (Co-Founder and Past President, Anza-Borrego Desert Botany Society and Plant Selection Editor for Calscape.org)

Dennis Mudd (Founder of Calscape.com and Winner of San Diego Home and Garden’s Garden of the Year Award in 2012)

Panelists will offer their long-time experience and insight in building and maintaining your garden to make it lasting, resilient, and lively. The session will close with questions for the panelists taken from the audience.

Photo by Torrey Neel

REGISTRATION

-Early Bird Registration (through August 15): $45

-General Registration: $55

NOTES

  • We do not offer REFUNDS but your registration can be TRANSFERRED to a person of your choice.

  • FREE PARKING is available at designated lots

Photo by Bob Byrnes

Earlier Event: September 11
Garden Committee Meeting
Later Event: October 1
Conservation Committee Meeting