Resources for you to explore

The statewide organization, California Native Plant Society (CNPS)

Find out what plants are native to your site with the wonderful Calscape site – type in your address and magic results

My facebook page

Wonderful documentary called “What Plants Talk About

The San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

I’ve been selected as a member of the Port of San Diego Chula Vista Bayfront Cultural and Design Committee (BCDC) and would love to have your feedback on ideas for how to guide future development in the South Bay.

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My buddies, Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren, recently published The California Native Landscape – and it is chock full of great information for the home gardener.

Designing California Native Gardens by Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook – garden design based on plant communities.

Care & Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens By Bart O’Brien, Betsey Landis, Ellen Mackey – this is out of print, and expensive from Amazon, so if you come to a chapter meeting, you can get quite a deal on this book!

California Native Plants for the Garden By Carol Bornstein, David Fross & Bart O’Brien – a favorite book.

Ocean Friendly Gardens By Douglas Kent – fun to buy it from the Surfrider Foundation directly, and it is also available at Amazon.

Growing California Native Plants By Marjorie Schmidt and Katherine Greenberg – good detail. I love that you can get an easy height and spread reference for native trees and plants.

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Matthew Levesque is a pioneer in the reuse field, excuse the pun, please. His book, Revolutionary Yardscapes is an eye-opener. And he owns Building REsources in the Bay Area – great inspiration.

Great nursery: Las Pilitas and the Plant Identification main page – this is a great resource and their web site is a treasure trove.

CalPhotos site: type in the plant name and up will pop tons of photos taken by scientists, enthusiasts and gardeners.

Good info for preventing the spread of invasives – from the California Invasive Plant Council – FREE 38 page manual.

Using graywater – regulations and information from San Diego County

Tree of Life Nursery is another great site. Fun to visit – I’ve been there when artists were painting plein air canvasses.

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From Garden Contessa – rainwater harvesting links:

http://vimeo.com/focusforwardfilms/semifinalists/51886318

http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/imagesvideoaudio/water-harvesting-video-and-audio/

https://ondemand.azpm.org/videoshorts/watch/2011/8/4/1830-conserving-water-by-planting-rain/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WymWRDd1OOg

And, recently a troop of Brownie Scouts suggested this website for Water Savings when on a trip: ‘WOW! Wonders of Water’ journey.