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CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Inviting Nature Home


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!


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.


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


-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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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:

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.

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


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


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

PC: Lee Gordon