Front to Back: Penstemon ‘Margarita BOP’, Eriogonum ‘Dana Point’ and Verbena lilacina are all Easy Natives!  © 2011 Orchid Black

I’ll be giving my Easy Native Plants for the Garden talk at the Arboretum as a part of Lili Singer’s wonderful Thursday Garden Talks  series!  Here’s what Lili wrote about the talk:

“Discover a fabulous palette of easy-to-grow California species and cultivars—including beautiful free-flowering plants proven to perform in varied locales and conditions. Beautiful images and live plant materials will be shown.”

Scroll down to this post  for a list of plants that will be discussed.

Thursday, September 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia.  Directions here.  Fee: $20

Two weeks later, on October 4, there will be a field trip to three native gardens in the area, including one of my gardens, and two gardens by noted artist Andreas Hessing:
“Our first outing of the season takes us to three beautiful San Gabriel Valley home landscapes that concentrate on native plants, accentuate a sense of place, emphasize sustainable gardening practices and celebrate the pleasures of year-round outdoor living.   The designers will join us on site: Orchid Black in Sierra Madre and Andreas Hessing ( ) in Monrovia and Altadena.  Preregistration required.