Mike Evans

I’m pleased to be once again bringing the “good news”  and the “how to” of natives to Landscape Architects, Designers and LEED Professionals at the LA EXPO , in two seminars with Mike Evans.  Mike is both passionate and practical speaker, and has over 30 years of experience of success with California native plants. I will be focusing on color, with input from Mike, and Mike will be focusing on success using a plant community approach, with my input.  We plan robust discussion to help professionals counter obstacles to using natives in the landscape.

California’s Most Colorful Plants: Designing for Color Throughout the Year

Saturday February 9th – 8:30-10:00 a.m, CEU Accreditation: LA CES, 1.5; LEED, 1.5; APLD, 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Spring in California is a riot of color, sending photographers to the wildflower meadows and inspiring numerous native garden tours. Surprisingly, some natives bloom almost year-round. Other California plants bloom at different times of the year, whether in January or July. Features such as colorful leaves, berries and stems provide additional interest in Fall and Winter. Creating continuous bloom also helps pollinators thrive, enhancing habitat. This course provides a tour through the most colorful plants in the California native palette with plant descriptions and bloom times, as well as numerous examples of color in the landscape and the most striking color combinations. A descriptive plant list will be made available.

Success with Native Plant Design Using a Plant Community Approach

Saturday February 9th – 10:00 a.m-12:00  p.m., CEU Accreditation: LA CES, 1.5; LEED, 1.5; APLD, 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Success with California’s native plants depends on more than choosing the showiest native plants and putting them together in the landscape. Choosing a palette of plants based on natural communities and associations of plants is an ecologically sound basis for design, and leads to the most successful, longest-lasting and easiest to maintain landscapes. This course will focus on communities including Chaparral, Riparian/Alluvial Fan, Coastal Sage Scrub, Oak Woodlands, Meadow and Desert and how to match these associations to the micro-climates and soils on your site, as well as to features such as planted bio-swales. The best-looking and most reliable selections from these communities will be discussed. A descriptive plant list and plant community list will be made available.