Getting Started!

Message from Susan Krzywicki:

Hello all. Maybe some of  you have heard that I’ve been selected as the new Horticulture Program Director of the California Native Plant Society. This is a new position for the organization, reporting to Dan Gluesenkamp.

CNPS works hard to protect California’s native plant heritage through native plant appreciation, research, education, and conservation and I am so excited to be part of the mission. We are expanding to include a renewed focus on gardening with native plants across the state.

My brief is to help chart the course of California’s oldest and most recognized native plant gardening program.

The focus is on supporting the chapters, setting direction, creating and enhancing existing programs, raising finds, communicating and networking. Although I don’t know everyone in the CNPS gardening community yet, some of you may know me from my work on the San Diego Chapter Board and within the San Diego chapter organization.  I was chair of the CNPS Gardening Committee which inaugurated the San Diego Native Garden Tour last year, and is now in the stages of planning for the 2014 Tour. We also got a great Native Garden Symposium off the ground on September 28th, partnering with the Friends of Balboa Park and the San Diego Girl Scouts.

Outside of CNPS I have also been active in the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program. I co-chair the Committee and teach their Basics class to professionals and homeowners.  And, another fun opportunity is to have been selected to the Port of San Diego Chula Vista Bayfront Cultural and Design Committee where I advocated for strong environmental guidelines for new development.

So, that is a bit about my background. I plan to write for this blog on a sporadic basis and look forward to interacting with you all. If you have any ideas or comments, please post them here or send me an email at

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