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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    04-07-2018

    US-101 & El Camino Real & US-101, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, USA

    US-101 & El Camino Real & US-101, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, USA

    Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:00 am

    Cancelled due to rain and poor wildflower showing

    Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip Meeting at Carrizo Plain

    Join us to explore and appreciate the remarkable and unique display of annual and perennial spring wildflowers in eastern San Luis Obispo County. This could be the BIG YEAR in this giant swath of undisturbed California Prairie. Remember, this is a remote area, so make sure you have plenty of gas, water, as well as food.

    Meet at the Santa Margarita park-and-ride (freeway exit, State Route 58 at Hwy 101) at 8:00 am. We will caravan from there with a brief stop at Shell Creek. You may be able to carpool with someone, so it is recommended to arrange your ride ahead of time, or jump in with others at the meeting place. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, bring sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing for warmth, as needed.

    For more information contact: George Butterworth, (805) 438-3641, gbutterworth8@gmail.com or Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com. Rain cancels.

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  • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    04-19-2018

    801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    The Flora of Baja California

    Dave Keil

    Thursday, April 19th, 7:00 pm, CNPS Monthly Meeting, SLO Vets’ Hall


    Chapter meetings are generally held the first Thursday of the month at the San Luis Obispo Vets Hall on Grande Ave near the corner of Monterey Street.

    Our meetings kick off with a social time that begins at 7:00 p.m.  This  is a time to sample the treats that members have brought along to share,  and browse the book table. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. with some  brief announcements before the program begins.

    Speakers and notes from Chapter Meetings are documented in each  Obispoensis newsletter. Please see the Obispoensis archive for PDF file  of each newsletter.

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  • 10:00 am-11:30 am
    04-21-2018

    6901 Capistrano Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA

    6901 Capistrano Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA

    Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am, County Agriculture Building, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo More Information

    Contact Lauren Brown with questions, lbrown805@charter.net

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    04-22-2018

    80 Mattie Rd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449, USA

    80 Mattie Rd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449, USA

    Sunday, April 22, 9:00 am

    Join CNPS members at this spectacular natural open space, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

    Meet at the entrance by taking the free shuttle (there is no parking permitted on the grounds). It is recommended you arrive at one of the two shuttle stops by 8:30 am to insure your arrival at the Preserve by 9:00 am. The two shuttle stops are located at: a) Pismo Beach City Hall and b) Dolphin Bay Resort. The shuttle service is provided by Ride-On SLO between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.

    Be sure to bring your wildflower guides, adequate water and food, a hat, sturdy shoes, and dress in layers for the weather.

    For more information contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

    Rain or the threat of rain cancels.

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