...brought to you by the CNPS San Diego Chapter's Native Gardening Committee.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Registration is now open for the Gardening Symposium

Symposium Class Schedule Options
Jake Sibley did a great job putting together our Native Gardening Symposium - check it out and buy tickets for yourself, family and friends!

The registration site just opened yesterday - so you will have good choice of classes you'd like to take.

Will Johnson has got the moving parts down pat - an excellent array of speakers.

Symposium Home Page

Friday, August 23, 2013


copyright 2011 by James SOE NYUN
James Soe Nyun is a talented photographer. Hei-ock Kim has been working with him on photos from last year's Garden Tour in preparation for the 21014 tour.

I looked over about thirty shots he took and just had to smile when I saw this one again. These beautiful chickens. He referred to them as "non-native poultry" and l just love the colors.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Symposium shaping up

Jake Sibley has been working mightily on the registration site for the Native Garden Symposium we have coming up on September 28th.

Registration opens tomorrow - be ready to click, select slots and get your place reserved!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rainwater Harvesting class

My buddy, Marsha Cook, sent this notice out:

Subject: Save the Date for the Next Rain Water Harvesting Workshop on Sept. 28, Escondido 

Hello Friends Interested In Rainwater Harvesting!
We are pleased to offer another County sponsored Rain Water Harvesting Workshop on September 28, 2013, (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon), just prior to October 1st, the official start of the rainy season!
The workshop will be held at the Rincon Del Diablo Water District Headquarters located at 1920 North Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026.
This is an exciting opportunity to learn from Candace Vanderhoff, a rain barrel expert at “RainThanks and Greywater.”  You will enjoy an educational presentation and then see the installation of a residential size rain barrel, similar to one you might want to install at your home.  You may even be asked to lend a hand, to help you learn, if you have the desire to do so!
Please sign up through the Solana Center Webpage link below, save the date on your personal calendar, and come learn about rainwater harvesting!
Pre-registration is recommended!
Click this link to register:
All preregistered attendees must complete the pre and post survey to have an opportunity to win a rain barrel and downspout diverter!
Please share this information with friends, neighbors and family members, who may be interested in learning about rainwater harvesting!
Hope to see you there!
Happy Rain Water Harvesting!
Marsha Cook
County of San Diego, DPW
Watershed Protection Program
Please note our new address and office location!
5510 Overland Ave, Suite 410
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 694-2794


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Potted Dudleya

We had a Gardening Committee meeting last night and then a Garden Tour meeting and I was a bit tired to begin with, so I forgot to take pictures at Susan Lewitt's home! Please forgive me. We had fun, as usual.

So I am substituting a picture of one of my quasi-indooor potted Dudleyas. I have a super-sunny dining room area - all louvered windows and 60s Do-It-Yourself look. This old pot was artificially finished to look shabby chic and over time, it has actually become shabbier...glaze has chipped off from over-exposure to the elements. So, I brought it inside - or at least within the glassed in space - and the Dudleya is doing fine. There is no drainage hole at the bottom of this pot, so I really have to stay conscious when I do give it the occasional dribble of water.

I have it tilted slightly so that moisture doesn't collect at its center. And the soil mix is high in perlite. It's been in the pot for a substantial time - over a year or so. I always forget to write down the dates that I pot out plants...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

California Native Plant enthusiasts in Latvia?

I was looking at our most recent blog statistics from last month and found this interesting graph:

Giggle. Who would have thought that all those Latvians were REALLY interested in California native plants?

And the Russians, too!

Well, I hope their Internet robots are learning a lot while looking for ways to hack us.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

California Friendly Landscape Training

The City of San Diego is providing a free class this Saturday on California Friendly Landscape Training. I will be teaching the class - so you know natives will be front and center.

Call Joey Jacoby to sign up: 619 533 7548