Resources for you to explore

San Diego Canyonlands is 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 help to guide future development in the South Bay.


My buddies, Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren, 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 may be a bit hard to find, but worth the hunt.

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

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.

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