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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  • 04

    1:00 pm-3:00 pm
    12-04-2019

    The workshop will introduce rainwater, stormwater and greywater tools that can be applicable in urban, suburban or rural situations. The demonstration site we will be on is more rural in nature. We will also talk about integrating these tools into education so we would like to invite interested educators as well as homeowners.

  • 05

    7:00 pm-9:13 pm
    12-05-2019
    SLO Vets Hall
    801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    CHAPTER MEETING Dec 5th 2019 – Thursday – 7pm, social, 7:30pm program

    Place to Land: Conserving Habitats for People, Plants, and Wildlife

    Daniel Bohlman and Lindsey Roddick of the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

    The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County has been protecting diverse landscapes throughout San Luis Obispo County for the last 30 years. Land conservation has had intentional and unintentionally benefits for rare and common plants. Daniel Bohlman and Lindsey Roddick of the Land Conservancy will share how this non-profit organization has succeeded in protected important landscapes and how those conservation actions have benefited natural communities throughout San Luis Obispo County.

    Daniel Bohlman

    Daniel Bohlman

    Daniel Bohlman has worked on conserving the Central Coast for the last 18 years through his work at The Nature Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and for the last 14 years at The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. He is currently the Deputy Director and works closely with local land owners to preserve the Central Coast landscape.

    Lindsey Roddick

    Lindsey Roddick

    Lindsey Roddick is the Senior Restoration Ecologist at The Land Conservancy and ensures stewardship of the land under The Land Conservancy’s care is ecologically sound and provides for long-term health of the landscape.

     

  • 21

    All day
    12-21-2019

    Saturday. Dec. 21st, 10:00 am, Mushroom Walk, Cambria

    Led by Eric Brunschwiler, David Krause, and Dennis Sheridan

    We will look for mushrooms growing in the Monterey pine forests of Cambria while enjoying the beauty of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Meet at the corner of Tipton Street and Warren Road in Cambria at 10:00 AM. How to get there: Travel north on Hwy 1 to Cambria. At the first stoplight, turn left onto Ardath Drive. Follow Ardath and turn right onto Tipton Street. Continue to the intersection with Warren Road (2 blocks) and find a parking place. Bring water, your field guides and a mushroom basket for you may want to collect some edible varieties. Dress appropriately for the weather. Be prepared for poison oak. The hike will be easy, about a 2-3 hour stroll through the woods. For additional information, email, text, or call Dave Krause: dkincmbria@aol.com, (805) 459-9007.