Chliopsis linearis, Theodore Payne Sales Yard

Desert Willow, Chliopsis linearis, Theodore Payne Sales Yard


I’ll be teaching the Three-Part Design Class at The Theodore Payne Foundation starting this Friday, September 12.

Friday, September 12, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley, CA 91352 (map), 818-768-1802
Here’s what TPF says about the class:
“This comprehensive  three-session course for home gardeners offers a sound foundation in design styles and process, the importance of sustainability and how to model a garden after patterns in nature. Students will devise a base/plot plan, implementing knowledge of hardscape materials, irrigation, soils and more. Prior to the class, students will complete a preliminary questionnaire and warm-up exercise for their site. In addition, students are asked to bring photos of their site and a baggie of the site’s soil to the first day of class.”

Theodore Payne classes fill up quickly, so you may want to preregister by calling them  at 818-768-1802.

Here is their Calendar.

P.S – Not all California native plants are desert plants – this is only one of many sections of Theodore Payne’s sales yard.  Dry Shade and Riparian (riverbank, or moist areas) are two of my favorites.

Salvia pachyphylla
Rose Sage, Salvia pachyphylla

 I was at Hunter’s Nursery as usual for the 12th Annual Big Bear Xeriscape Tour, providing information about the many native plants for sale at Hunter’s.  Hunter’s still has some natives for sale, including lots of Arctostaphylos patula – a high-elevation Manzanita,  Rabbitbrush, Yarrow and other great plants.  The tour was created by the Sierra Club Big Bear Group, and co-sponsored by the Big Bear DWP.

“Xeriscape” basically means drought-tolerant in Greek.  It’s an easy word to make fun of – think zero – so I like to say drought-tolerant instead.  But it was originally developed by a high-elevation water district in Denver, so it makes sense in Big Bear.

The BBDWP created a beautiful Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, and these photos are from the garden.  Everything was in bloom and gorgeous, and kudos to the gardeners!

Penstemon eatonii

Firecracker Penstemon, Penstemon ssp.

Penstemon spectabilis

Showy Penstemon, Penstemon spectabilis

Penstemon spectabilis close up

Penstemon spectabilis detail

Solidago ssp

Goldenrod, Solidago ssp.

Aquilegia formosa

Western Columbine, Aquilegia formosa


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Native Wildflowers and Shrubs at the Venice Learning Garden


I will be giving a presentation on Getting Started with Native Plants during the City of Monrovia’s Monrovia Area Partnership 5th Neighborhood Conference.  The  Conference is free.  It features 24 speakers on many topics, including  Solving Stormwater Runoff, Immigration Outlook, Therapy Dogs and the Wild Side of Monrovia.

My presentation will start at 10:30.   Here is their blurb for me:

“Native plants support more birds, butterflies and
pollinators than non-native plants and use up to
75% less water. Attend to learn how to get started.”

When and Where:

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 9:30am – 3:00pm
Monrovia High School Event Center
845 W. Colorado Blvd.
(Enter on Madison Ave)
Childcare provided for ages 6-16.
Classes will be also given in Español.