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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November
  • 01

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    11-01-2018
    SLO Vets Hall
    801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    CHAPTER MEETING Nov. 1st  2018 – Thursday – 7:00 pm

    Veterans Hall, Monterey and Grand, SLO

    Mixer and Browse Sales Table 7:00 pm, Program 7:30 pm

    PLANT PROPAGATION by ELLIOT PAULSON

    Elliot graduated from Cal Poly in business finance, and horticulture. He established Clearwater Color Nursery in 1987, where he grows annual color, vegetables, Mediterranean type perennials, and succulents along with California Natives. Plants are propagated in plugs, packs and pots both by seed and asexual cuttings. Elliot will tell us what works and what
    doesn’t work. He will also engage other plant propagators in the audience. Along with his wife Megan, he runs the nursery on Los Osos Valley road with 13 dedicated employees. The nursery delivers plant material to local retail nurseries, the Central Valley, and Santa Barbara county.

  • 03

    9:00 am-2:00 pm
    11-03-2018
    Pacific Beach High School
    11950 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA

    It’s the annual event you’ve been waiting for. Create your drought-tolerant native garden with help from CNPS-SLO!

    Local native plant enthusiasts are hosting a sale of water-thrifty California Native Plants. Tips and advice for all garden situations available at no additional charge.

    Hundreds of plant varieties for yards and gardens will be available. Many are excellent for attracting birds and butterflies to your garden. Native plants are adapted to this area so they save water, and reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers.

  • 15

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    11-15-2018
    Copelands Health Education Pavilion at French Hospital
    1911 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    We hope to see you there

  • 15

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    11-15-2018
    Copelands Health Education Pavilion at French Hospital
    1911 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    We hope to see you there

  • 18

    All day
    11-18-2018
    Templeton Dog Park
    1010 Semillon Ln, Templeton, CA 93465, USA

    Sunday, November 18th, 9:00 am, Mountain bike ride, Santa Rita Road, Templeton.

    Meet in the Templeton Dog Park parking lot, located at the corner of Vineyard Drive and Semillion Lane. The group will ride along Santa Rita Road to the summit, about 14 miles round trip, with a gradual 1,200 elevation gain. This ride passes through some of the most pristine riparian landscapes in San Luis Obispo Co. and will be a perfect time to view trees in fall color. Bring a mountain bike, helmet, adequate water, and snacks. No RSVP needed, and no dogs please. For more information, contact Bill, 805-459-2103. Rain cancels.