Saturday, April 1 at 6:30pm
South Bay Botanic Garden, 900 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista
no ticket needed to attend
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.
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”
The Garden Native Committee of the California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter (CNPS-SD) is presenting its fifth annual Tour, Gardens of Growth and Legacy, the weekend of April 1st & 2nd, 2017, from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. This enjoyable and educational weekend demonstrates that plants from our region can create gardens that are long-lived, water-smart and beautiful. We highlight design elements and plant selections that embody a truly Southern Californian landscape aesthetic. The tour is self-guided, allowing visitors to select the gardens they wish to visit and to do so at their own pace.
Chula Vista, Bonita, and Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove and the SD neighborhoods of South Park and North Park
GARDENS & EVENTS
- Private gardens (19): staffed with interpretive docents, owners, and designers.
- Public gardens (6): South Bay Botanic Garden (SBBG) at Southwestern College, RECON Native Plants, Living Coast Discovery Center, and the Tijuana Estuary Visitor’s Center.
- Garden features: rainfall capture devices, edible plants, bird and butterfly habitat, and other sustainable features.
- Presentation: Greg Rubin, renowned author and landscape designer of several gardens on the tour, on “The Drought-Defying Garden”, Saturday at SBBG, 6:30pm.
- Live garden installation: come watch a garden be planted with California native plants!
- Books, posters and seeds for purchase at our booth at the Spring Garden Festival at SBBG
- California native plant sale at RECON Native Plants concurrent with Garden Native Tour
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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 2½ 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.
We are also looking for volunteers for the following non-docent positions. You will not need to attend the training session above for these positions.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in these non-docent opportunities