Garden Native Tour 2017 Summary

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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.

This year, the Garden Native Tour looks south to the communities of Chula Vista, Bonita, and Imperial Beach, east to Lemon Grove, and centrally to the neighborhoods of South Park and North Park. Nineteen private gardens in these cities and neighborhoods will be staffed with knowledgeable docents to help interpret the garden. At the residences, many of the garden owners and designers will be available to share that garden’s story. Alongside the California native plants, many of the gardens incorporate rainfall capture devices, edible plants, bird and butterfly habitat, and other sustainable features.  

Six public gardens will be open to the public including South Bay Botanic Garden (SBBG) at Southwestern College, RECON Native Plants, Living Coast Discovery Center, and the Tijuana Estuary Visitor’s Center.

The South Bay Botanic Garden will be hosting their annual Spring Plant Sale which is open to the public and plants, books and seeds are available for purchase.

Also at South Bay Botanic Garden on Saturday evening, April 1, at 6:30pm there will be a presentation by Greg Rubin, renowned author and landscape designer of several gardens on the tour, on “The Drought-Defying Garden”, Saturday at SBBG, 6:30pm.

At the Living Coast Discovery Center, tour ticket holders will enjoy a one-time 50% discounted admission to the exhibits, several of which feature native plant habitats and native plant gardens. This one-time, discounted admission can be used anytime before 6/30/17. As an environmental education center, Living Coast has many exhibits, some interactive, of marine animals, land animals, and birds that one might find in and around where it is co-located within the Sweetwater Marsh of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge in Chula Vista. Sweetwater Marsh is free and open to the public and offers hiking trails.

Recon Native Plant Nursery, a wholesale nursery that is normally closed to the general public, will open to sell California native plants to visitors of the tour. 

The tour is self-guided, allowing visitors to select the gardens they wish to visit and to do so at their own pace. Tickets are $25 per person, free for children under 18. They may be purchased in advance online.

For those purchasing online, tour booklets (which are the admission ticket to tour) can be picked up at the South Bay Botanic Garden or the 2400 block of Dulzura Ave in North Park.

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To purchase tickets in person, visit either Walter Andersen nursery location in Poway (12755 Danielson Court, Poway) or Point Loma (3642 Enterprise Street, San Diego) beginning March 26 and throughout the tour.

Tickets can also be purchased on the days of the tour at South Bay Botanic Garden (900 Otay Lakes Rd), RECON Native Plants (1755 Saturn Blvd, San Diego), and the 2400 block of Dulzura Ave in North Park.