Shawna Burreson has written a great article about the “Easy California Natives” class that I taught last week for the Theodore Payne Foundation out at Mountains Restoration Trust in Calabasas.

“In her lecture ‘Easy Native Plants,’ Orchid Black discusses the vital relationship among birds, bugs and blooms and how to fight fire with flora… …“I work for the birds and bees, but the people pay me,” Black said, evoking laughter from a group of dozen gardening enthusiasts. “Our goal is not just to have pretty flowers, it’s to have habitats that work.”  Read Article

Shawna captured the essence of both the class and the work the Trust is doing.

“In addition to a native plant sale, the trust is hosting a variety of events this summer aimed at providing awareness of restorative efforts, including nature camps for children, docent-led trail hikes, naturalist programs and an open house.”

It’s a fun piece, and while there are a few errors of fact which will be corrected, the enjoyment of the participants shines through.