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Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve Hiking moves from April 10th to April 23rd.

Our CNGF Outdoor Hiking Program move to April 23rd 2016. Itinerary Guide: Val Haley Starting time: 11:00 AM (please arrive 15 minutes early) Meeting point: Volunteer Firehouse parking lot. Time: 3-4 hours Ends at Trailhead. We will make a big loop through the reserve. Although its modern iteration began in the 1850s as a logging camp, […]

Manzanita ‘Howard McMinn’: a Tender Beauty

If your garden were a kingdom, Manzanita ‘Howard McMinn’ (Arctostaphylos ‘Howard McMinn’) would be a charming and delicate princess who makes you fall in love as soon as you lay your eyes on her! Beautiful and easy to incorporate with most gardens, this evergreen shrub has been adored by generations of gardeners ever since it was […]

Arroyo Willow: the Cultural Pillar of your Native garden

To many gardeners, when it comes to choosing plants for their native garden, aesthetic pleasure is not the only thing that matters. Sometimes, historical value and practical use are also taken into consideration. If you’re the type of gardener who appreciates history and the wonderful world of ethnobotany, Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis) should be a good choice […]

Heart-leaved Penstemon: the Delightful Flames of your garden!

As a simple fact, a sustainable garden needs lots of help from the wildlife. When insect pollinators don’t come so frequently, your poorly pollinated plants produce fewer, often misshapen, fruits and lower yields of seeds, which badly affects the garden’s productivity. If you want a healthy and productive garden, consider native plants that attract pollinator […]

California Wild Grape: Four Seasons of Beauty

If you want a beautiful and affordable roof for your garden, consider planting California Wild Grape (Vitis californica) today! Under its shadow, you will have a relaxing time away from the intense sunshine of California. As seasons come and go, this deciduous woody vine also contributes a stunning, dynamic natural cover that keeps your gardening […]