The Drought-Defying California Garden: 230 Native Plants for a Lush, Low-Water Landscape
Speaker: Greg Rubin
Date: September 15, 2016 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)
Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)
As native plant lovers we are aware that home landscapes that require copious amounts of water simply aren’t an option anymore. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for barren expanses of rock mulch or artificial turf. California native plants can create a lush, wildlife-friendly landscape that requires minimal irrigation once it’s established. Learn which plants will work best in your yard, how to get them established, and how to keep them looking great all year long.
Greg Rubin is the owner of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, a recognized leader in the field of native plant design, which specializes in creating stable, sustainable, ornamental, low-input gardens with substantial habitat and wildlife value. Greg's business has been the subject of articles in Kiplinger's, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He regularly gives presentations on native plants to organizations throughout California.
At the meeting Greg will sell and sign copies of the new book “The Drought-Defying California Garden: 230 Native Plants for a Lush, Low-Water Landscape” Co-Authored by Lucy Warren and published by Timber Press.
BANNING RANCH 1: The proposed Banning Ranch development is expected to have its final hearing at this September’s Coastal Commission meeting, date TBA. The hearing will be a culmination of the Banning Ranch Conservancy’s (BRC) 17 years’ work to preserve Banning Ranch. BRC must raise $5,000 by the end of July in order to meet the upcoming challenge.
ACTION NOW: Help support BRC’s final(?) campaign: banningranchconservancy.org/make-a-donation.html
BANNING RANCH 2: CNPS is now officially an Amici in the Amicus Brief in support of BRC’s appeal to the State Supreme Court. The other Amici are the Center for Biological Diversity and the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation. The appeal asks that the OC Appeals Court’s reversal of the OC Superior Court’s finding, that the proposed Banning Ranch development violates CEQA among other issues, be itself reversed.
CHINO/PUENTE HILLS: There is now an unprecedented opportunity to purchase one or all of the private properties that encompass the eastern ridge lines above Chino Hills State Park.
ACTION NOW: Contact Hills for Everyone, HillsForEveryone.org, to support their work to garner the needed political, agency, and media muscle to acquire these properties.
TALBERT REGIONAL PARK is a long narrow strip of remnant flood plain, along the east side of the Santa Ana River from Fairview Park to Banning Ranch. The Final Habitat Restoration Plan has recently been released: ocparks.com/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=54858. The Plan is the result of a scoping process, begun in 2014, that analyzed existing conditions and sought public and other stakeholder input.
Native Gardeners’ Corner—Members’ Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
This column is a regular newsletter feature offering chapter members and local experts a chance to briefly share information on many things related to gardening with natives. Answers are listed in the order received. The request for this edition of the newsletter is: “Which native do you really enjoy as a small tree and why?”
Christiane Shannon: “In my mature garden, there is only one native plant that answers to your question: Chilopsis linearis or Desert Willow. I planted the pink blossoms type in the fall 2002; it has grown to a beautiful mature specimen not quite 20 feet tall that needs only a light pruning once a year for style and space purposes. Being native of our Southern California deserts, it is at home in my rocky/sandy soil. When in bloom, it attracts different species of bees and the local hummingbirds. My only regret is not to have the space for another, the one with the burgundy flowers.”
Ron Vanderhoff: "I have two Western Redbuds. These are small-growing trees with truly year-round interest, including a beautiful branching habit that shows well in the winter months. A relatively new selection called 'Claremont' (from the RSA Botanic Garden) may even be better, with more flowers and even better color. It's on my wish list."
John Gossett: “As a couple, my wife and I like the Ceanothus ‘Sierra Blue’ trees in our no-water back yard because the rich, dark green leaves and beautiful flower spikes make a great background to the desert plants with sharp textures and brilliant flowers. For myself (and the birds), we love the tall, willowy Sambucus mexicana for its huge umbrels of tiny gold stars and the masses of purple elderberries they turn into. My wife is not fond of it because the elderberries cover the driveway, and the birds leave traces as well.”