Native Plant Sale

You will not find these plants at big-box stores! Join us at our annual native plant sale where you will find a large variety of well priced, unusual, and low-water use California native plants and wildflower seeds. Appropriate for gardens in the Los Angeles Basin, these beautiful native plants provide good habitat, and are attractive […]

CNPS PLANT SALE, Nov. 8th at Eaton Canyon Nature Center

This year the plant sales were early. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, which for years and years held its sale on the first weekend in November, jumped to the head of the line by holding a Fall Planting Festival a whole month earlier. The San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), […]

10 Reasons Not to Miss Our Native Plant Sale

Our local chapter of the Calif. Native Plant Society (CNPS – San Gabriel Mts. Chap) is holding its annual native plant sale this Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. You will not want to miss this great sale because: 1. We will have over 1,800 plants, including more than 100 different kinds – all native to California […]

CNPS Native Plant Sale on Nov. 9

Toyon, also known asChristmas berry (Nov) Another toyon? A few more coral bells? California buckwheat? These are some of the plants that I think I need (as compared with what my husband thinks I need…) to fill out our rather heavily planted native plant garden. I am thinking about them because I’m busy ordering plants […]

Warning: For plant geeks only

Way back in 1993 a large, imposing and impressive book was published by UC Press. The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California, edited by James Hickman, was a revision of Jepson’s 1925 Manual of the Flowering Plants of California. It became the go-to reference for all serious California native plant geeks. When there were disputes about the […]

Selecting healthy plants

There are many books, articles, and websites with tips on selecting healthy nursery plants. The lists usually include checking to be sure your new plant is pest-free, has healthy green leaves, an undamaged stem, and healthy roots. In short, it should look healthy. Native plants, however, often look different from the common garden center varieties. […]


Quick note to let you know that I continue to update lists and events. Orchid Black, Native Sanctuary, suggested a few excellent additions to the list of native plants that offer summer color (that’s not brown). Thanks to Orchid. Wanted to also mention a few upcoming events. Summer is over, whether the weather knows it […]