CNPS Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale Sponsored by California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – San Gabriel Mts. Chapter Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9 am – 2 pm Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107 Did you know that due to severe drought conditions, many cities are offering rebates to replace lawn with low water-use […]

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 […]