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  • Native Plant Garden Signs - California Native Plant Society
    from the Field Funding and Support Rare Campaign About the Program Vegetation Program Services Manual of CA Vegetation The Online Manual 2009 2nd Edition of the Manual State Natural Communities List MCV State Classification List Vegetation Sampling Classification Mapping Mapping Guidelines Field Forms Protocols Classification Map Reports Sampler Newsletters Alliances Associations Vegetation Resources Vegetation Program Initiatives Carrizo Plain NM Veg Project Grassland Initiative MCV Database Project N Sierra Foothills Veg Map S Sierra Foothills Veg Surveys Rare Plant Comm Initiative Contact Program Staff Gardening Program About the Program Why Garden with Natives Benefits of Native Plants Calscape Native Plant Database Native Plant Garden Signs The Three P s of Native Gardening CNPS Landscaper Certification Planning Your Garden Getting Started Habitat Gardening School Gardens Patio Gardens Sample Garden Plans Ditch Your Lawn Where to Buy Natives Events Calendar Identifying Native Plants Propagation Native Plant Resources For Your Home Garden Arboretums Botanic Gardens Invasive Weeds Pest Management Invasive Weeds Managing Pests Native Plant Lists Horticultural Research Gardening Blog Native Plant Garden Signs Bidens laevis Bur Marigold with Vanessa virginiensis American Lady We have a new fun garden sign for you You can now buy a long lasting attractive sign that proclaims that Native Plants Live Here Show off your commitment to native plants and to goood gardening practices by posting this sign and letting passers by see how beauty can be healthy The sign has the CNPS org website on it so that neighbors can connect with CNPS and learn more These signs are more of a calling card meant to introduce the concept Other projects and offerings will broaden and deepen the general knowledge level This is a project that engages the public in native plant gardening This will help create a community of homeowners that feel connected Benefits to the

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  • The Three 'P's of Native Plant Gardening - California Native Plant Society
    Online Manual 2009 2nd Edition of the Manual State Natural Communities List MCV State Classification List Vegetation Sampling Classification Mapping Mapping Guidelines Field Forms Protocols Classification Map Reports Sampler Newsletters Alliances Associations Vegetation Resources Vegetation Program Initiatives Carrizo Plain NM Veg Project Grassland Initiative MCV Database Project N Sierra Foothills Veg Map S Sierra Foothills Veg Surveys Rare Plant Comm Initiative Contact Program Staff Gardening Program About the Program Why Garden with Natives Benefits of Native Plants Calscape Native Plant Database Native Plant Garden Signs The Three P s of Native Gardening CNPS Landscaper Certification Planning Your Garden Getting Started Habitat Gardening School Gardens Patio Gardens Sample Garden Plans Ditch Your Lawn Where to Buy Natives Events Calendar Identifying Native Plants Propagation Native Plant Resources For Your Home Garden Arboretums Botanic Gardens Invasive Weeds Pest Management Invasive Weeds Managing Pests Native Plant Lists Horticultural Research Gardening Blog The Three P s of Native Plant Gardening Plant local Use plants that are as local as possible While creating native landscapes can never replace natural habitats lost to development planting gardens parks and roadsides with California native plants can help provide an important bridge to nearby remaining wild areas Many insects as well as animals depend upon native plants for food and shelter Pair plants that grow together in nature such as in chaparral or oak woodlands these are called plant communities Like all living things native plants grow best under natural and familiar conditions also known as biotic communities Choosing plants that are native to your region will help ensure their optimum health and performance Replace your conventional water thirsty non native plants but if you must have a lawn check here Do Not Use invasive plants Plant Light Group plants with similar water sun and soil needs Space your plants

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  • CNPS Certified Native Landscape Specialist (CNLS) Program - California Native Plant Society
    Site Preparation Installation Early Establishment Maintenance Troubleshooting Case Histories Take the final test Final test will be offered 1 week after class is completed All classwork must be completed before taking final test If you work as a landscape contractor or maintenance gardener you must have a Qualified Applicator Certificate QAC issued by the Department of Pesticide Regulation Category B or Maintenance Gardener Q or have an application in process before taking the exam All students from each class take the final test together in a location to be announced Final test is pass fail Any failed test section can be retaken once Once you pass your final test we will mail your CNPS Landscaper Certification card to you You re certified Use your CNLS card to assure clients and employers of your knowledge and skills in native plant landscaping Your CNLS is valid for 3 years Create an online profile at CNPS org as a marketing page We will incorporate your marketing page into our publicly searchable database of native landscape professionals on Calscape Stay certified Recertification is required after 3 years with continuing education classes details coming Continuing education classes can also be applied to other professional certifications and designations CLCA DPR Master Gardeners etc Certificación en Español Pronto vendrá mas información Frequently asked questions Why is native landscaping so important in California Native landscaping uses 50 100 less water than conventional landscaping At least 60 of our potable water ends up on the ground for landscaping and natives are an ideal way to meet and exceed Gov Brown s mandatory 25 water use cuts Native landscapes need little to no pesticides The average gardener uses 20 times more pesticides than the average farmer Excessive and incorrect pesticide use can be harmful to our health the health of our children and pets and the environment Native landscapes promote soil health and permeability In contrast to landscapes that are dependent on imported water and chemical fertilizers properly planned and well managed native landscapes promote chemical free landscapes They support healthy soils and reduce pollution in urban runoff Pollution from urban runoff is California s number one source of river and ocean pollution Native plants promote the health of beneficial animals better than non natives The future of our edible gardens depends on healthy pollinators Native pollinators are the most effective and they thrive best in native environments California native landscapes celebrate California s uniqueness We owe our enviable California lifestyle to our wonderful climate Also thanks to our climate we have a wonderfully diverse palette of native plants It s time to express our pride in their beauty and benefits to the world by embracing them in our landscapes Who can get certified Anyone can get certified as long as they fulfill the requirements In particular we recommend the following groups Landscape contractors large and small companies owners and workers Independent maintenance gardeners Staff maintenance gardeners such as for school districts nurseries public agencies Landscape architects and designers basic

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  • Start a Native Plant Garden - California Native Plant Society
    Rare Plant Photos Locally Rare Plants Botanical Survey Guidelines Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Background and Results Volunteer Signup RPTH Event Calendar Critical Rare Plant Data Needs Data Collection Reporting Annual RPTH Award Winners Stories from the Field Funding and Support Rare Campaign About the Program Vegetation Program Services Manual of CA Vegetation The Online Manual 2009 2nd Edition of the Manual State Natural Communities List MCV State Classification List Vegetation Sampling Classification Mapping Mapping Guidelines Field Forms Protocols Classification Map Reports Sampler Newsletters Alliances Associations Vegetation Resources Vegetation Program Initiatives Carrizo Plain NM Veg Project Grassland Initiative MCV Database Project N Sierra Foothills Veg Map S Sierra Foothills Veg Surveys Rare Plant Comm Initiative Contact Program Staff Gardening Program About the Program Why Garden with Natives Benefits of Native Plants Calscape Native Plant Database Native Plant Garden Signs The Three P s of Native Gardening CNPS Landscaper Certification Planning Your Garden Getting Started Habitat Gardening School Gardens Patio Gardens Sample Garden Plans Ditch Your Lawn Where to Buy Natives Events Calendar Identifying Native Plants Propagation Native Plant Resources For Your Home Garden Arboretums Botanic Gardens Invasive Weeds Pest Management Invasive Weeds Managing Pests Native Plant Lists Horticultural Research Gardening Blog Native Plant Gardening Getting Started Starting a Native Plant Garden Before planning your native garden there are a number of important questions to address about your particular site and location Taking the time to evaluate your site conditions by working through these questions can help you avoid planting natives that won t thrive in your particular soil or climate conditions Walk around your site as you go through the questions and be sure to record the answers to use in your search for the right plants for your garden Have Space Dirt Water Now What By Nancy Heuler MLA Creating

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  • Habitat Gardening - California Native Plant Society
    Three P s of Native Gardening CNPS Landscaper Certification Planning Your Garden Getting Started Habitat Gardening School Gardens Patio Gardens Sample Garden Plans Ditch Your Lawn Where to Buy Natives Events Calendar Identifying Native Plants Propagation Native Plant Resources For Your Home Garden Arboretums Botanic Gardens Invasive Weeds Pest Management Invasive Weeds Managing Pests Native Plant Lists Horticultural Research Gardening Blog Habitat Gardening More Habitat Gardening Biodiversity Butterflies Hummingbirds Other Pollinators Songbirds Other Wildlife Many gardeners are interested in attracting birds butterflies and other forms of life to their garden Native plants provide unmatched habitat value because native flora and fauna have coevolved for thousands of years Habitat Gardening also known as Backyard Restoration refers to the process of converting traditional landscape plans in privately owned yards or public spaces to those that attract and support native birds bees butterflies and other wildlife Habitat gardening greatly benefits wildlife by providing food shelter water and nesting places and is typically characterized by a more natural less formal feel with more variety in plant choices and naturalistic placement and pruning of plants For wildlife value seeds may be allowed to ripen for birds bare branches left artfully un pruned for perches and nesting sites some bare ground shown through for bird browsing and bee nesting and un raked fallen leaves left to provide mulch and shelter Less water and fertilizer are used in habitat gardens and pesticide use is kept to an absolute minimum Plans can involve combining a few key habitat plants or the entire landscape plan can mirror a typical plant community found in nature that in turn attracts wildlife that would normally be found in those native landscapes A unifying design theme can also be obtained through habitat gardening for a specific wildlife segment such as hummingbirds or butterflies Bee seeks out nectar on Black Sage Salvia mellifera in coastal sage scrub garden in Southern California Photo by Laura Camp Our home gardens and public spaces can combine some of the best features of our wild world famous California beauty stunning plants with lovely fragrance and the numerous fascinating creatures that are readily attracted given the right environmental conditions Habitat gardens are ideal for family visits as children have a natural affinity for the birds and bugs and appreciate exploration of secret gardens with surprise spaces Creating growing and maintaining a natural garden provides children with a healthy outdoor experience where they can play learn and develop a genuine respect for nature Pollinators are significant to habitat gardening because they often have wings Winged pollinators can and will travel long distances to seek out reliable nectar sources so gardening to attract gorgeous butterflies hummingbirds and other pollinators is particularly rewarding If you build it they will come What is beautiful in nature can be beautiful in our outdoor living spaces too and through habitat gardening principles you can create beauty and inspire others to appreciate unique and diverse California For more information about how to attract certain types of

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  • School Gardens - California Native Plant Society
    Garden with Natives Benefits of Native Plants Calscape Native Plant Database Native Plant Garden Signs The Three P s of Native Gardening CNPS Landscaper Certification Planning Your Garden Getting Started Habitat Gardening School Gardens Patio Gardens Sample Garden Plans Ditch Your Lawn Where to Buy Natives Events Calendar Identifying Native Plants Propagation Native Plant Resources For Your Home Garden Arboretums Botanic Gardens Invasive Weeds Pest Management Invasive Weeds Managing Pests Native Plant Lists Horticultural Research Gardening Blog School Gardens and Native Plants In 1995 the California Department of Education launched A Garden in Every School initiative to promote education in fields as varied as nutrition health science math reading and environmental studies All these disciplines can be integrated in a school garden setting to teach students new skills and to enhance their ability to observe and think A school garden helps students gain an understanding of natural systems through firsthand experience School gardens foster community spirit by bringing students school staff families local businesses and organizations together The California Native Plant Society promotes the inclusion of native plants in every school garden Native plants help students learn the vital connection between plants and higher forms of life Plants are at the bottom of the food chain and native plants are a primary component of healthy ecosystems Just as edible plants are important for human health and survival native plants are equally necessary to other forms of life Native plants help pollinator populations survive and thrive which in turn help pollinate edible crops Some ideas for incorporating native plants in school gardens Pollinator Garden Butterfly Garden Bird friendly Garden Hummingbird Garden Ethnobotanical Garden Habitat Garden In addition native plants can be a part of the following types of gardens Alphabet Garden Cut Flower Garden Multicultural Garden Year round Flowering Garden Before

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  • Native Plant Gardens in Containers - California Native Plant Society
    five years in a carefully placed pot their spiny leaves can be DEADLY sharp they produce a 6 7 foot tall flower stalk which lasts for one to two months and then the whole plant dies Be sure to collect and plant the seed in a pot with gravel and soil mixed and keep it watered in a hot sunny location Cusion Buckwheat Eriogonum ovalifolium var nivale Dudleyas and Sedums or Live for evers and Stonecrops are probably the most forgiving of all natives in containers A real stunner is Dudleya pulverulenta or Chalk Dudleya which can get enormous single rosettes can reach 20 inches across Dudleya virens ssp hassei or Hasse s Dudleya has beautiful glaucous leaves in rainbow hues and can fill a very large 20 gallon pot in just a year or two I ve been paying closer attention in recent years to flower color in Dudleyas too Some of the Dudleya cymosas Canyon Dudleyas have bright red or orange red flowers while many Dudleyas have a rather dull yellow flower color Placing Your Containers One of the most important considerations when choosing the right plant for a pot is the location Most potted plants prefer a place where their roots can remain cool and moist but where their leaves receive as much sun as possible These are seemingly contradictory needs but they can often be met particularly at the entrance of a home where the pot can be in the shade of a tree shrub or building structure and the leaves can receive both direct and indirect sunlight In general you want to give plants in pots a slightly more protected or cooler location than they would want if they were in the ground For example sticky monkeyflower in the wild would be growing in full sun to partial shade If I were to grow it in a pot I would definitely choose a partial shade location for the pot a location somewhat shadier than I would plant it in the garden I prefer to locate containers where people spend time on a daily basis and where water is easily accessible But don t despair if you don t have a location like this There is a plant or two for practically any conditions you can come up with but take the time to study and figure out which ones will work for your particular location before spending money on plants Soil and Soil Amendments Cushion Buckwheat eriogonum ovalifolium var nivale The soil medium is very important with Dudleyas and many other succulents they need near perfect drainage and fertile soil to thrive I mix my own soils for my pots and for these plants For most native plants in a 1 gal pot I mix 1 cup of pumice 1 8 3 8 1 cup of red lava 1 8 3 8 and fill w potting soil For Dudleyas I add 1 cup of felton or 2 sharp sand to the mix I also add

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  • Native Plant Gardens - Sample Plans - California Native Plant Society
    Your Lawn Where to Buy Natives Events Calendar Identifying Native Plants Propagation Native Plant Resources For Your Home Garden Arboretums Botanic Gardens Invasive Weeds Pest Mgmt Invasive Weeds Managing Pests Native Plant Lists Horticultural Research Gardening Blog About the Program Rare Plant Inventory Lichens of Conservation Concern Rare Plant Ranking System Ranks 2A and 2B Rare Plant Data Status Review Process Rare Plant Forums Rare Plant Status Review Rare Plant Phenology Rare Plant Photos Locally Rare Plants Botanical Survey Guidelines Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Background and Results Volunteer Signup RPTH Event Calendar Critical Rare Plant Data Needs Data Collection Reporting Annual RPTH Award Winners Stories from the Field Funding and Support Rare Campaign About the Program Vegetation Program Services Manual of CA Vegetation The Online Manual 2009 2nd Edition of the Manual State Natural Communities List MCV State Classification List Vegetation Sampling Classification Mapping Mapping Guidelines Field Forms Protocols Classification Map Reports Sampler Newsletters Alliances Associations Vegetation Resources Vegetation Program Initiatives Carrizo Plain NM Veg Project Grassland Initiative MCV Database Project N Sierra Foothills Veg Map S Sierra Foothills Veg Surveys Rare Plant Comm Initiative Contact Program Staff Gardening Program About the Program Why Garden with Natives Benefits of Native Plants Calscape Native Plant Database Native Plant Garden Signs The Three P s of Native Gardening CNPS Landscaper Certification Planning Your Garden Getting Started Habitat Gardening School Gardens Patio Gardens Sample Garden Plans Ditch Your Lawn Where to Buy Natives Events Calendar Identifying Native Plants Propagation Native Plant Resources For Your Home Garden Arboretums Botanic Gardens Invasive Weeds Pest Management Invasive Weeds Managing Pests Native Plant Lists Horticultural Research Gardening Blog Native Plant Sample Garden Plans We are still building our collection of native garden plans If you don t find what you are looking for now contact your local

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