Native Plant photo CNPS-SD Garden Native Presents:

Landscaping with Native Plants: How to Bring Year-Round, Low-Water Beauty to Your Gardens – Saturday, September 10, 2016

Price: workshop only – $35; workshop & lunch – $42


Location: Girl Scout Headquarters at 1231 Upas St., San Diego, 92103

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. Register early as we expect this event to sell out!

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Diner’s Club cards, check cards or debit cards with either a Visa or MasterCard logo, and PayPal accounts for payment..

Lunch: $7 Available for purchase when you register. We will have platters of Chicken, Roast Beef, Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, and Vegan Veggie Burgers available. Your lunch will include a sandwich, apple, cookie, and water.

In an effort to be sustainable, we will have water flavored with fruit and mint available in dispensers so bring your own bottle. Bottled water will be available if you purchase lunch.

Join us for a day of speaker presentations and hands-on sessions with field experts.

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


Workshop Details

The workshop will include 2 information packed and inspiring presentations.  The keynote speaker, Ilisa Goldman, is a landscape architect and CEO of Rooted in Place Landscape Architecture and Consulting which is dedicated to helping communities improve and transform their neighborhood spaces. She is also the president of San Diego Children and Nature (SDCaN).

Greg Rubin, CEO of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc., will be delivering a comprehensive talk on native plant installation. Greg, a local expert on native gardens, is the coauthor of two well-received native gardening books, with a third book in the works.

Throughout all sessions, attendees will learn of the far-reaching benefits of using native horticulture. These benefits include low-water use, low maintenance, and providing habitat for native wildlife including birds and other pollinators.


8:30 am Morning Keynote Address

Ilisa Goldman, Licensed Landscape Contractor

Founder of Rooted in Place Landscape Architecture and Consulting

Going Public with Natives: How to Engage Community in Creating Healthy Outdoor Environments

10:00 am Session 1

-Connie Beck, Organic Gardening Instructor and Landscape Designer

Easy Natives: Convert Your Landscape with These Easy, Gradual Steps

-Brian Sodeman, M.S. Biology

Education & Conservation Coordinator at Olivenhain Municipal Water District

Sustainable Landscape Practices and Water-Efficient Irrigation Methods

-Lucy Warren, Author and Master Gardener

Plant it Right: Understanding How to Plant and Care for California Native Plants Successfully (outdoors)

11:00 am Session 2

-Wayne Tyson & Jackson Stephens

Integrate Ecosystem Restoration Principles and Practices into Native Plant Gardening–and Save a Lot of Money and Resources

-Lee Gordon, PhD

Strategies for Growing Native Plants from Seed

.11:50 am LUNCH

12:30 pm Afternoon Keynote Address

Greg Rubin, Licensed Landscape Contractor

President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc.

Secrets to Success-The Planning, Planting, Care and Maintenance of Native Landscapes

2:00 pm Session 3

-Dennis Mudd

Nature Restoration Landscaping & Calscape

-Jim Wadman

Natives and Ecology, Rain Collection and Ethnobotany

-Mary Ann Hawke, PhD, San Diego Citizen Science Network and San Diego Barcode of Life

Backyard Biodiversity: Doing Science in Your Garden

Landscape photo

Questions? Email


Workshop: Landscaping With Native Plants — 18 Comments

  1. Please notify me if space becomes available. I would like to attend the workshop and lunch. Thanks, Helen Neal

    • Will do. It is possible that a space will open up for the workshop. Thank you.

    • Yes-I will put you on the waitlist. Thanks for inquiring and keep in mind out native plant sale coming up in October!

  2. Any chance there will be more openings for ticket purchases? I’m so kicking myself for waiting too long to purchase my ticket.

    • I will put you on the waitlist. Keep in mind our Native Plant Sale coming up in October. Thank you!

  3. Would love to attend this session. Please notify me if you have cancellations. Will there be another workshop in the near future? Any other recommendations for info on redoing our yard with native plants?

    • I will put you on the waitlist. Keep in mind our upcoming Native Plant Sale in October! Tree of Life Nursery has some excellent educational material and Greg Rubin’s books (one of our local native plant gurus) are wonderful.

    • We may have one more volunteer spot open which would enable you to attend. Let me know if you are still available and I will let you know what the timing is, if you can make it.

  4. Darn! It is sold out. Any chance that you will expand it to include more attendees? There are two of us with empty yards that are just waiting for us to plant natives. This workshop would be perfect for us. Please email me. Thank you.

    • I would like to attend, please count me in. Hope you decide to hold another one since I got your email yesterday 8/24/16, the same subjects only bigger venue. Thank you.

    • I have put you on the waitlist. Keep in mind our native plant sale in October.

    • You two are the first on the waitlist and there is a chance we can get you in as volunteers. Stay tuned and let me know if you are still available.

    • Hi Jeff and Diana-I have just confirmed that 2 spots opened up for volunteers. Can you make it? The workshop is 8-3pm and the volunteer slot is 3-4pm. Let me know ASAP as I can only hold these spots til tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon. Thank you!

    • Yes! We are going to have a Veggie option. Thanks for asking. We will publicize that too.

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