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Aug
5
7:30 PM19:30

Fire-resistant Native Landscape Principles

Presentation by 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’

FREE ADMISSION

Sponsored by the South Coast chapter of CNPS http://sccnps.org

A significant number of Greg's 700-plus landscapes have been involved in huge fire events, so far without the loss of a single home. On many occasions neighbors on both sides, unfortunately, lost their properties. Rubin will share the techniques he has developed to create sustainable, ecologically responsible, fire resistant landscapes, as well as fuel modification techniques that preserve (rather than destroy) native habitat. He will share actual photos and case histories of many landscapes that actually went through fires, and will be presenting the preliminary results of his 5 year research project for the United States Navy, titled “Ecologically Sustainable Fire Risk Reduction”.

This is the first study to quantify and improve approaches previously based on inconsistent, heretofore anecdotal practices (that were often ineffective – or worse – and highly destructive to the environment). Although one could never guarantee that a home will not be destroyed in a fire storm, the audience will learn ways of enhancing both defensible space AND habitat around their homes, with the added benefits of low water use, low maintenance, exceptional erosion control, and year-round beauty.

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The Drought-defying California Garden
Apr
14
6:30 PM18:30

The Drought-defying California Garden

SPEAKER:

GREG RUBIN, Awarded 2018 Horticulturist of the Year by the San Diego Horticultural Society

Greg Rubin will present a VERY thorough slideshow that touches on most aspects of native landscaping, including basic ecology, design techniques, plant selection, site preparation, irrigation, layout, planting, and maintenance. Important differences between ornamental horticulture and native ecology will be emphasized. There will also be special attention paid to the severe threat that Argentine ants/sucking insects pose to native plants, and how they may have been a leading (but little recognized) cause of native plant mortality as long as natives have been popular gardening subjects. 

Greg is the President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc., Licensed Landscape Contractor and co-author with Lucy Warren of "The California Native Landscape: The Homeowners’ Design Guide to Restoring its Beauty and Balance” and “The Drought-Defying California Garden”

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Presentation by Greg Rubin: The Drought-Defying California Garden
Apr
1
6:30 PM18:30

Presentation by Greg Rubin: The Drought-Defying California Garden

Speaker Greg Rubin will present a VERY thorough slideshow that touches on most aspects of native landscaping, including basic ecology, design techniques, plant selection, site preparation, irrigation, layout, planting, and maintenance. Important differences between ornamental horticulture and native ecology will be emphasized. There will also be special attention paid to the severe threat that Argentine ants/sucking insects pose to native plants, and how they may have been a leading (but little recognized) cause of native plant mortality as long as natives have been popular gardening subjects. 

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