Greg Suba spotted this:

The New York Times article about our new paradigm was an interesting read.

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People are still confusing “drought-tolerant” with “native plant” and I have mixed emotions about that.  There are specific benefits to putting native plants into our gardens:

  • Heritage
  • Larval hosting
  • Soil interaction
  • Ethnobotanic connections

So, we continue to work on getting the message out. Have any ideas on how we can do that? Email me with suggestions –

Lose the lawn, or just shrink it?

“Most people only walk on the lawn when they are mowing it,” said Mike Evans of Tree of Life Nursery in a presentation to the San Gabriel CNPS.  I am always in favor of killing the whole lawn, and replacing it with local native plants, sometimes including a small meadow of flowering perennials and sedges.  A well-designed garden with inviting paths, seating areas and water features can turn a formerly featureless and ignored lawn area into enjoyable and usable space.

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