Native plants began falling out of fashion in the early 1900’s when new and exciting exotics from around the world became available to California gardeners. That trend continued pretty much until today. Now, California gardeners are rediscovering the beauty and diversity of our native flora. And it’s about time. Native plants are the absolute best-suited plants for California gardens. They are low/no water, low maintenance, and are very easy to grow, once you discard everything you thought you knew about keeping a garden. In this talk, Nan discusses what makes a native plant native, the habitats that native plants come from, native plants that are easiest to grow in California gardens, how to grow them, how to use them in the garden, and how to mix them with plants from other Mediterranean climates.

Optional demonstration with live plants