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WORKSHOP: Create Habitat and Give Back to Nature with California Native Plants

  • Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park 1649 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101 (map)

Photo by Torrey Neel

CNPS-San Diego is excited to present a day-long workshop that includes three presentations along with an extensive 100-minute native gardening seminar on understanding and nurturing the relationships of wildlife and California native plants. Topics include California native gardening for habitat; native insects, bird and bees; and principles of permaculture and polyculture in the native habitat garden. The day will conclude with a presentation of a renowned model habitat California native garden-the Gottlieb Native Garden in Beverly Hills. The workshop will be held in the beautiful, contemporary auditorium (stars on the ceiling!) of the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. An extended 80-minute lunch ‘hour’ will allow you to picnic or dine in the park as you discuss and absorb the morning presentations. Nearby exhibit native gardens will be available for viewing.

LEARN

  • Understand the native plant habitat needs of birds, insects, and other species

  • How to create the conditions for a flourishing habitat with California Native plants

  • The foundational principles for a healthy habitat to continuously thrive in your garden

  • Explore ways to invite and increase species diversity in the garden

SCHEDULE

8:15am REGISTRATION AND CHECK IN

9:00-9:50 am OPENING ADDRESS: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INSECTS AND CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS
Bob Allen (Adjunct Professor of Biology, Santiago Canyon College & Orange Coast College and Research Associate in Entomology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Co-author of “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains”)

10:00-11:40 am BRINGING SAN DIEGO HABITATS HOME TO THE GARDEN
Clayton Tschudy (Owner of Tschudy Ecological Designs and Former Director of Horticulture & Exhibits at Water Conservation Garden)

Everything you need to create vibrant, local habitat gardens in San Diego. This talk will take you through concept to the practical aspects of creating localized habitat for San Diego County, providing real life examples and utilizing powerful online tools.

11:40 pm LUNCH: Bring lunch to picnic in the Park or dine at your choice of seven nearby Park restaurants and cafes.

1:00-2:05 pm USING PERMACULTURE TO INTEGRATE CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS INTO YOUR HABITAT GARDEN
Diane Kennedy (Founder, Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture) & Miranda Kennedy (Native Plant and Wildlife Expert and Photographer)

Permaculture is based on natural systems and native plants are integral to any planting design. In this talk we'll see permaculture being integrated into a public habitat garden, and talk about plant communication and value for wildlife.

2:15-3:20pm WILDLIFE OF THE GOTTLIEB NATIVE GARDEN
Scott Logan (Naturalist and Author of the upcoming book The Gottlieb Native Garden: An Intimate Wildlife Journey”)

DETAILS

There will be four sessions in all, including an opening address from Bob Allen, Professor, Author and Research Associate in Entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Clayton Tschudy, owner of Tschudy Ecological Designs, will present a comprehensive 100-minute seminar on building a San Diego native plant habitat garden. Afternoon presentations will focus on permaculture principles in the native habitat garden and the day will conclude with a presentation of the Gottlieb Native Garden in Beverly Hills and the wildlife that it has attracted.

  • Ample free parking available in the park

  • 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

  • An interactive public engagement display outside the museum

  • Two demonstration native plant gardens for viewing in the park near the workshop

  • Admission to the exhibits at the Museum of Photographic Arts is complementary for workshop participants

TICKETS

Early Bird Registration through January 3 : $40

General Registration after January 3: $45

Door Tickets (if available): $50

Photo by Torrey Neel

NOTES

-FREE PARKING is available in lots in Balboa Park with only a short walk to the event
-We do not offer REFUNDS but your registration can be TRANSFERRED to a person of your choice.

Earlier Event: January 9
Garden Committee Meeting