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Wild and useful: Horsetail

By Angela Ngo This month’s native plant is Equisetum hyemale, commonly known as scouringrush horsetail. It is a member of the Equisetaceae (horsetail) family. It is considered a pteridophyte (fern) that is native to California but is also found throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. It is primarily found in wetlands, riparian zones, […]

Marching through this month’s garden spotlights

Instead of featuring one garden, during this exceptional California winter season, we are showing two gardens that were inspired by one of California’s most diverse native gardens: the coastal bluff, chaparral, and redwood canyons along Big Sur.  Recently, we hiked one of our favorite hikes, The Vicente Flat Trail that starts at Kirk Creek Campground […]

Sustainable Urban Village Model: A Biomimic Design

Creating the visionby Deeksha Chopra, Environment Consultant To advance the conversation on sustainable urban land-use practices, CNGF has developed a vision document to illustrate how we can be stewards of sustainable cities. Rather than continuing to search for bigger technological solutions to the problems that plague our cities and imperil our planet, we believe the […]

Building community support for the Agrihood

By Alrie Middlebrook Community members, leaders, developers, CNGF team members and those interested in urban greenspace came together for a panel discussion on the proposed Agrihood development Nov. 3. Around 30 community members attended the panel talk about the future of the property in the Valley Fair neighborhood. The information that each panelist gave was […]