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Monday, May 24, 2010

Native Plant Resources

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden  1500 College Ave, Claremont 909-625-8767
84 acres of native plants. Spring and Fall plant sales feature RSABG hybrids and selections. Extensive educational programs.
Native Plant Garden Hotline at at RSA
Ph: (909)624-0838 or email:
10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley 818-768 –1802 
Education, Seed, Nursery and bookstore. The only LA area nursery devoted to the retail customer, with over 500 species. Sale days feature many activities. Educational workshops. Knowledgeable staff. Open Tue-Sat 8:30-4:30, reduced hours in summer. Spring garden tour.

Tree of Life Nursery 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano (949) 728-0685
Oldest native nursery in Southern California. Website has much useful plant info. Limited Retail days and hours. Their catalog is used as a reference by designers and architects.

CNPS Local Chapters  is the website for the LA Chapter.  Many field trips. Fall plant sale. Meetings, which feature informative lectures and discussions, and field trips are open to non-members.

Nursery website with detailed information on hundreds of plants. Includes, a feature that allows searches by zipcode, watering preference, shade and drainage. Online ordering of many species. Nurseries in Escondido and Santa Margarita.

Gardening With California Native Plants,Bornstein, Carol et al ©2005 Cachuma Press, Of all the books here, this is the one that illustrates a drought tolerant beautiful garden. Not only does it show the plants in their glory, but there are suggestions on how to use them with authority. The lists at the back of the book are worth the price of admission alone. "The Bible," says a local native plant expert.

Gardening with a Wild Heart:  Restoring California's Native Landscapes, Lowry,Judith Larner ©2007, Philosophy of native gardening, with much specific wildflower and plant info. Judith Larner Lowry is the founder and proprietor of Larner Seeds - one of California's best seed resources as well as a good source for books on propagation of these plants. Well written and inspiring.

Landscape Plants for California Gardens, Perry, Robert C. ©2010 Perry, an instructor at Cal Poly Pomona, has written several expensive tombs on water saving plants in our climate.  His books are rich with color photographs, hence the hefty price tag of $78.75.  If you want to work with this palette, you will eventually need this book.

The Landscaping Revolution: Garden With Mother Nature Not Against Her, Wasowski and Wasowski, ©2002, More philosophy of native gardening.  

The Forgotten Pollinators, Buchmann, Stephen ©1997; with Gary Paul Nabham, a favorite writer for both Orchid and I, this book fills the gap where most environmental books fail:  the pollinators we all depend on for our plants to fruit and bear seeds.  Without them, there are only wind pollinated plants and life gets boring with just grains to eat!  Good and important reading.

Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens, Keator, Glenn ©2007, UC Press, Glenn is a well-established writer on California native plants and a respected authority. This is his latest offering containing some 300 photographs, easily understood and used; a practical book you’ll return to again and again.

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