Photos from the October Gardening Committee Meeting.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
|Lucy Warren, Jake Sibley, Jan Keeney at registration desk. Photo by Hei-ock Kim|
While the Horticulture Program Director is a new staff position, native plant gardening and horticulture have been fundamental to CNPS since the earliest days of the organization. Chapter plant sales are important fundraising tools. Garden tours and Horticulture Symposia have attracted hundreds of new members. CNPS promotion of native plant horticulture has resulted in broad acceptance of the concept, and thousands of individuals and businesses are now involved in native plant gardening. CNPS will continue these successful activities, while reinvesting in native plant gardening resources and initiatives that inspire and serve long‐term conservation of our precious plants and plant communities.
As Horticulture Program Director, I will be an advocate for California native plant horticulture. I will collaborate to update CNPS native plant horticulture strategies and program goals, and will lead in developing ongoing financial support. Fun parts of the job: supporting existing chapter horticulture activities (including trainings, symposia, garden tours, nurseries), while working with leaders to share successful models and develop new initiatives. I'll work with other CNPS staff to develop outreach materials and communication tools, including assisting with publication of horticulture books and supervising the completion of an online horticulture database.
So, I look forward to expanding the great things we've done here in San Diego and sharing what other chapters have implemented. We can all learn from each other.
Speaking of learning, we had our successful Native Gardening Symposium on Saturday in Balboa Park. What an event! I'll post photos shortly. Kudos to Jake Sibley and Will Johnson for their tremendous efforts. Please give them a big hug next time you see them!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
|Arne in protective goggles - it's a jungle out there!|
We just got word that Arne Johanson has taken a third place award in the Cox Conserves Heroes contest! That is so cool. We are very proud of him.
As you know, he's a modest man, so we really wanted to turn the spotlight on him. Please congratulate him when you see him!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
|Vitis californica 'Roger's Red'|
Greg said he took about 150 pounds and stemmed, crushed, extracted and filtered this bounty into a very attractive grape-colored (!) juice. Some of the juice was then carbonated to make a nice, fizzy soda.
I loved the flavor - more tart than commercial stuff. It had that 'foxy' or lambrusca flavor.
All enjoyed it!
And the meeting was great, too. We focused on the upcoming Symposium. The word is getting out - postings on Facebook at water agencies, our own sites, friend's sites and anywhere we can get a posting. Registrations flowed in, then slowed and are now picking up again. Please register soon. We expect a sell-out.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Feverish activities are driving the Gardening Committee as we head into the final stretch towards the Native Gardening Symposium. Jake Sibley and Will Johnson are really working it. The topics have come together and the speakers are all top-notch. Our venue is perfect - we will have hands-on gardening time, beautiful surroundings, lots of activities and informative displays. Books and posters will be for sale.
Please register now in order to get the classes you want. The registration site is open!
Friday, September 6, 2013
|Watering natives in the summer may require some manual adjustments|
There used to be a "rule of thumb" that went like this: "once a week the first summer, once every two weeks the second summer etc." but this can also lead us astray. Instead, focus on watering to keep the plants alive and notice each particular micro-climante in your garden to differentiate needs, based on soil types, wind, sun exposure and specific plants.