Inviting California to Dinner: Old and new ways to use native plants in your garden and your meals
Speaker: Antonio Sanchez
Date: March 20, 2014 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)
Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)
With all the talk of local food and saving water during the drought, why not turn to native plants to do both! Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Antonio Sanchez will lead us along that path with a unique and informative talk on edible natives. Of course the more common edible natives like Miner's Lettuce (salad green) and Wild Grape (edible grapes) will be included, but Antonio will also introduce us to some of the more obscure but equally useful native plant foods like Saltbush (edible and tasty roasted seeds) and Cleveland Sage and local onions (combined to make a delicious California pesto!). We will even be treated to samples of California pesto and other unique dishes, along with recipe cards and a list of the easiest edible natives to grow in your garden.
Nursery Production Manager at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Antonio Sanchez guides the propagation and growing of native plants for restoration and sale at the Grow Native Nursery. Antonio has worked at various native plant institutions across the state, including Theodore Payne Foundation, Cal Flora Nursery, and Nopalito Native Plant Nursery.