Garden Native Tour 2014

Garden Native
and CNPS San Diego present:
"Blooming Consciousness"
Saturday-Sunday, March 29-30, 2014
9:30am-4:30pm

Can you achieve beauty and enlightenment in your garden? Yes! Our self-guided tour features 15 spectacular, real-life gardens that demonstrate successful conservation philosophies while nourishing your senses with intoxicating blooms and inspiring designs.

The Garden Native Tour presents all regions of San Diego County on a rotating basis. This year, we highlight homes and public gardens from the North County area.


Special Garden Events: (schedule)

Enjoy these and other fun presentations in our gardens during the Garden Native Tour!

• "Garden Origins: Behind the Tour" by Greg Rubin, owner of California's Own Native Landscape Design.

• "Native Plant Gardens for Families and Pets" by Kristie Orosco, Indigenous Ethnobotanist, Native Kumeyaay from The San Pasqual Band of Indians.

• "Utilizing Native Plants in Our Everyday Lives" by Kristie Orosco

• "A Sense of Place: California Natives and Staying Healthy with The Seasons" by Royal Fraser, herbalist, licensed acupuncturist and diplomate of Oriental Medicine - Learn about yin & yang, the five elements, and how they bring us into harmony with our local native plants. You'll also hear about manzanita sugar, ceanothus tea, and more!

• Rain barrel demonstration: Learn what rain barrel works best for you, and how your city can help you pay for one

• Invasive species display: Save your garden from common plant mistakes before you put them in the ground



Also keep an eye out for:
• Garden art made from salvaged objects and reclaimed materials
• Energy-efficient and sustainable construction practices in the garden and home
• An urban farm, and other edible gardens
• Playground ideas for wee ones

Where are the Gardens?
Tour attendees will check-in at one of the sites below to receive a map and instructions for the self-guided tour.
Only one check-in is required (not once each day).

Saturday check-in options:
Lux Art Institute
1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024
San Marcos Heritage Park
1952 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos, 92069

Sunday check-in options:
San Marcos Heritage Park
1952 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos, 92069
Private Residence
783 Santa Victoria, Solana Beach, 92075

Tickets are $25 for one guest, or $40 for two. Children 12 and under attend free!

(All ticket sales are final)

Blooming Consciousness: Garden Native Tour 2014

"Two Feel-Good Days"

Visitor comments
BRAVO - WE LOVED IT!!!... The plant names on stakes were very helpful, it was wonderful being able to download the plant lists for each garden, the booklet was useful, and the gardens themselves were lovely. The info provided was a lot more than on most garden tours...It was a beautiful event and so well organized!!


Garden Owner comments
Thanks for the privilege and honor of being on the tour this year; it was an interesting and energizing two days!...We definitely did make serious inroads into community awareness regarding native plants in the garden, in the wild, the role of pollinators, water conservation and more. And we made lots of new friends for CNPS. Great job everyone.


Docent comments
I had an absolutely wonderful time both days and all of the guests of the tour and homeowners I talked to were having a great time too...What an inspiring weekend it was for me...I loved the experience of the docenting and the tour.


Sponsor and Partner comments
Thank you for offering us the opportunity! It was a great outreach event... what a great job you did organizing the garden tour. Thanks for everything...I know we had rave reviews from staff here!


Special Lecture by Greg Rubin,
native landscape designer

"Garden Origins: Behind the Tour"

Saturday, March 29, at 6:30pm
Cost: complimentary with tour ticket

Space is limited so be sure to reserve your seats when purchasing tickets!

See our 2014 Gardens

Our 2014 Title Sponsor:



PLEASE NOTE: Out of respect for the privacy of our garden owners, the specific address for each of our gardens will be emailed to tour participants the evening before event. This information will also be included in the mapbooks to be distributed at the check-in locations.


Have a smartphone? Want more information about a plant you see? Our plant labels have "QR" codes that can be recognised by many "QR code reader" apps. Just scan the code and be directed to a page about that plant!