CNPS-SLO encourages the use of California Native plants in public and private gardens and landscapes, and offers information about how to plan, start, and maintain native plant gardens and landscapes that are both ecologically beneficial and personally enjoyable .

Please take the time to cruise though the articles and information in this section of our site. We hope you reach out to us if you have questions about topics not covered here.

Also, if you have expertise in native plant gardening and would like to contribute, we would love to hear from you!

Why Should I Incorporate Native Plants In My Own Garden?

In addition to their natural beauty, natives provide water-conserving, drought-tolerant and sustainable garden design choices. For more information about the benefits of incorporating native plants in your own garden, click here.

What are Native Plants and Why are They Important?

To learn more about the importance of native plant conservation, please click here.

NATIVE PLANTS THAT ATTRACT BIRDS | A very thorough list of native plants with the type of bird that each plant attracts, the part of the plant that is used and in which season. For example, if you wish to see Cedar Waxwings in your garden in the summer and fall, plant Washington Filifera (the birds feast on the date fruit) and Fraxinus species for the seeds produced in the fall.

FRAGRANT CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS FOR THE GARDEN | Gardening for fragrance opens up another dimension of gardening. You can be whisked back to another place and time or other remembrances by the fragrances given off by your plantings. Once you start noticing aromas, you will quickly come up with your own favorites. Since everyone’s sense of smell is different, fragrances are open to different interpretations.

NATIVE PLANTS THAT ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES | The most important plants for caterpillars are buckwheat, California lilac (Ceanothus), deerweed and milk vetch and lupines, mallows, oaks, rock cress and other mustards, and grasses. Unless you provide larval food plants in your garden or nearby, the number of adult butterflies will be limited. The butterflies of San Luis Obispo County are listed, with the host/food plant of the caterpillar. In most cases the food (nectar plant) of the adult butterfly is also given.

Three Native Garden lists

North County Plant List | PDF Templeton Residence on Jack Creek Plant List

A List of California Native Plants and Their Garden Needs |  PDF list updated, updated 2015 by  Marti Rutherford

Atascadero Native Garden | PDF listing of the natives in this San Jacinto Avenue, Atascadero garden

Atascadero Native Garden | PDF Listing of the natives in this Dolores Avenue, Atascadero garden

 

 

Seed Collection and Saving for the Casual Gardener

This document talks about why and when to collect native plant seeds and offers tips for collecting and storing seeds. By Marti Rutherford, CNPS-SLO, April 2016

 

How to Handle Deer Problems in Your Garden

This article helps you determine if you have a low, moderate, or high level of “browse” and suggests the appropriate methods for combating your problem. Also included is a  brief list of plants that have shown some success in deer-prone areas.

 

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June
  • 01

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    06-01-2017
    SLO Vets Hall
    801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    JUNE 1 IS OUR LAST MEETING TILL FALL

    Developing a Web-based Tree Identification Key

    The June speaker will be our McLeod scholarship grad student awardee, Kyle Nessen. Kyle’s project is in collaboration with CalFire to create a photographic key to tree identification on the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute website.

  • 03

    11:00 am-2:00 pm
    06-03-2017
    Ramona Garden Park Center
    993 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach, CA 93433, USA

    Spring Garden Tour & Plant Exchange with Expo

    June 3, 2017

    Ramona Garden Park Center
    993 Ramona Avenue, Grover Beach
    Self-Guided Garden Tour from 1:00-4:00

    The Plant Exchange is an opportunity for people to bring plants from their gardens and swap them out for something new from someone else’s garden, and we would love to have you participate with that as well. We have some people that bring several plants and others that bring just one, and the City usually contributes some plants as well as small containers and soil for re-potting.

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    CNPS will host a booth at this event. If you would like participation and talk California native plants in the garden please contact Mardi Niles at mlniles@sbcglobal.net.

    If you have California native plants that you would like to donate to the exchange please come and bring your plants.

  • 20

    11:00 am-4:00 pm
    06-20-2017
    Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery
    3740 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    Growing Grounds Farm is a non-profit wholesale nursery located in San Luis Obispo. Growing Grounds offers California natives, Mediterranean perennials, succulents, restoration and mitigation plants, a wide variety of grasses, and a selection of perennial herbs.

    Growing Grounds Farm is a wholesale nursery and does not sell directly to the public except on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m