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CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Inviting Nature Home


PC: Dennis Mudd

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. 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!


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

PC: Judie Lincer


-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

-Guided tours offered of the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center Garden at Pauwai


-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.

Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Pauwai


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.

The cost will be $10 and 50% of that 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: Judie Lincer


Early Bird Tickets Online: $25 (children under 18 admitted for free) on sale through March 14. Garden Tour tickets give attendees admission on both days of the tour.

Garden Tour Online: $30 through Friday, April 12.

Garden Door Tickets during Tour Weekend : $35 on sale until Noon on Sunday, April 14. Purchase at Tickets-and-Info Garden on Tour weekend ONLY: 11855 Caminito Sanudo, San Diego, CA

Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center Guided Tour Tickets: $10 additional per ticket, buy for time (Sunday 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm), choose time carefully since these cannot be switched to another time. These Guided Tour tickets are ONLY available if you purchase a Garden Tour ticket.

Kumeyaay Ipai Guided Tour Tickets will be on a will call list for check in at the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center garden. On tour days, remaining Guided Tour tickets will only be available online.

  • All participants buying Garden Tour Online tickets before April 6 will have a tour booklet mailed to their address within the week preceding the Tour so that they can begin the tour at any garden location during Tour weekend.

  • 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

PC: Lee Gordon