I am proud to be on the board of San Diego Canyonlands – an organization that promotes, protects and restores the natural habitats in San Diego County’s canyons and creeks.
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
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.
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 – great resource and simple to implement the strategies.
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.
Matthew Levesque is a pioneer in the reuse field, excuse the pun, please. His book, Revolutionary Yardscapes is an eye-opener.
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.
From Garden Contessa – rainwater harvesting links: