Looking for Volunteers for Garden Native Tour 2017

Join us as a volunteer for our 5th annual Garden Native Tour on Saturday and Sunday,  April 1st & 2nd! If you participate as a volunteer, you will receive one free ticket for a 4-hour shift and 2 free tickets for an 8-hour shift.

Volunteers will be asked to greet people who are coming to view the gardens and share an enthusiasm for using native plants in landscaping. Knowledge about native plants is not necessary to be a docent. Friendliness, enthusiasm and an interest in talking with others are the desired skills.  

First timers will enjoy a 2-hour volunteer training session and mini-tour (includes lunch) at one of two locations/dates of their choice. Past garden docent volunteers would be welcome but could choose whether they want to join or not.

The two dates for these training sessions are: Saturday, March 18 in the South Bay Area and Sunday, March 26 in the South Park Area. You need choose only ONE date for training but are welcome to attend both, if you like. If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, please contact the organizer for other training opportunities.

Click here to sign up as a volunteer docent

We are also looking for volunteers to:

  • Help with set up during the week prior to the tour (March 27-31)
  • Assist with mailings  (March 27-31)
  • Help with a garden installation or other labor/administrative tasks (April 1-2)


Email director@gardennative.org if you are interested in these opportunities 

Garden Native Tour announced for April 1 & 2, 2017—We need your help

The California Native Plant Society, San Diego Chapter, together with our Gardening Committee, are actively planning for our next Tour scheduled for April 1 & 2, 2017 in the South Bay-Point Loma-Coronado area.


Every year we identify and showcase gardens from different areas of the county-this year we are asking for your help to identify gardens county-wide. If you have a native garden or know someone who does in the South Bay and South Park area, please contact us at tour@gardennative.org.

 We appreciate your help!

Current drought conditions require us to be more mindful of our landscaped environment. The need to conserve water provides us with an ideal opportunity to develop more sustainable and environmentally friendly gardens while expanding habitat and corridors for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. We believe that CNPS, together with Garden Native, has a unique opportunity to provide leadership, as well as education, to our San Diego area residents.


Native plants have evolved under some pretty varied conditions. Although we may be in for unprecedented climate change, natives offer us the best chance of adapting to these new conditions.

Many native gardeners are trailblazers – they are creating a more sustainable environment in their own yards by incorporating solar panels, rainwater capture, organic gardening, fruit trees, pollinator habitat, and more. Our efforts to showcase these gardens will help to show all how to deal with a changing climate by conserving precious resources.


CNPS Fall Plant Sale – Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10:00am to 3:00pm

Open at 9am to CNPS Members

Plants for Sale photoOur Fall Plant Sale is held during the perfect planting season for those starting or supplementing a native garden. There will be native plants of just about every description from grasses to trees, perennials to annuals, and even some succulents.

California native plants are perfect for saving water; attracting native birds, bees and butterflies; and saving San Diego’s natural heritage.

There will be seeds, books posters and other plant-related items. Friendly, knowledgeable experts will be on hand for plant selection advice. We will be accepting cash, checks and credit cards for payment. A convenient curbside loading zone is available for picking up your plants.

Plant Sale photo2The plant sale will be in the Balboa Park’s Theater Courtyard between the Casa Del Prado Theater and Casa Del Prado, and across from the West entrance of the San Diego Natural History Museum. As a member, you may start shopping at 9am or if you know what you want, you may pre-order plants. Pre-orders begin on September 1. There is a minimum pre-order amount of $100 for members. Membership and pre-ordering are available at www.cnpssd.org.

For questions, please contact Carolyn Martus at plantsale@gardennative.org.

Plant Sale photo1

Landscaping with Native Plants – How to Bring Year-Round, Low-Water Beauty to Your Gardens

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Location: Girl Scout Headquarters at 1231 Upas St., San Diego, 92103Landscaping with native plants

Check in at 8:00 am; Presentations from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Tickets include: a full day of workshops, coffee and muffins in the morning, free parking.

Learn how to:

  • Successfully plant and maintain native gardens
  • Encourage sustainable native habitats for birds, butterflies and other insects
  • Use local resources for both new and experienced native gardeners