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Photo by Rebecca Wilbanks

Native Plant Week as established several years ago by the California State Legislature.  Love a plant today, and every day. Above is a cute little beauty – it appears to be a mutant white Eschscholzia californica found at the Anstine Audubon Natural Preserve by my friend, Rebecca Wilbanks.

In honor of Native Plant Week, which lasts through next week (stretching the definition of “week” somewhat, but it is al in a good cause: celebration!) I will be heading off on an adventure to Northern California to visit with chapters from Redding to Monterey.



Pete Veilleux has three garden photos accompanying this article about “losing the lawn” - every day we see more attention being paid to this – so if you spot an item in your local paper. please let us know so that we can share.

There are some nice tips for removing turf and a short list of easily available summer blooming natives. Good for those who are just getting started on the native gardening path.




Fleming Garden

Saxon Holt photo from Bringing Back the Natives website


Kathy Kramer’s article in the San Jose Mercury News – Home and Garden section – is a nice description of why people are converting their lawns and ivy patches…read the whole piece at http://www.mercurynews.com/home-garden/ci_25539718/wildlife-friendly-drought-tolerant-walnut-creek-lamorinda-gardens

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Jose, Paula, Brenda

Our team of organizers


Plant ID samples


Scrub Oaks for students


Happy students at Ensenada UABC campus


Standing in line to get in!


More students at Tijuana symposia


Classroom at Otay Mesa UABC campus

César Garcia, Paula Pijoan and a bunch more of the Baja California chapter’s members put on a great Native Gardening Simposio this past weekend. The event was held Saturday in Tijuana and Sunday in Ensenada. UABC, the local university, hosted our groups and the outpouring of interested students was wonderful!

We had packed classrooms both days, with a lively discussion level and really interested and dedicated enthusiasts. This will certainly drive memberships for the chapter, although César won’t have a final count on increases until the membership applications are processed.

César gave an introduction to the plant communities and specific plants, I talked bout garden design principles and how to select natives, install ten and maintain them over time, and Paula gave overviews on how to propagate natives, since there is a shortage of available plants in their marketplace.

I’ll post more info, including a video clip testimonial, shortly.




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Hei-ock Kim, Clayton Tschudy and the San Diego chapter of CNPS pulled together a great event – fifteen gardens that showed to beauty of native plantings in such a wide variety of styles.

We will shortly have statistics on attendance and other aspects of the tour, but in the mean time, here are a few photos that my sister, Tara Hoffman took…


by Connie Beck

Some of the most reliable, popular, and therefore overused exotics that Southern Californians have depended on for years may be disappearing from our landscapes. This change creates a great opportunity to promote the planting of natives.


Bad oleander between good ones

We’ve all noticed the Oleander scorch which is killing virtually all of the Oleanders. Lemonadeberry or Toyon would be effective replacements. Victorian Box (Pittosporum undulatum) is still being sold and recommended in nurseries in spite of the fact that the same glassy-winged sharpshooter that is killing the Oleanders is causing even mature Victorian Box to yellow, defoliate, and then die. This pest is the vector for a bacterial disease (Vilella fastidiosa) which can attack other exotics as well as grapes. Continue Reading »


Erigeron glauca’Wayne Roderick’

The San Jose Mercury News ran an article entitled The best California native plants are those that are native to a particular region, or similar region.

Sounds good, right? It started off well but how did Santa Barbara daisies wind up in there? Did he confuse it with Erigeron glauca?


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