California Native Plant Society

by Lorraine on February 4, 2010

I recently joined the California Native Plant Society in Ventura County.   I had met their President at a lecture on native plants being given by Lili Singer of the Theordore Payne Foundation a few weeks ago.

She asked me if I would publicize their upcoming symposium in Camarillo in February and “opps”, here it is, already February.  Here’s the info:

The Channel Islands Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has been holding native plant sales and answering questions for about 20 years.  With the surge in interest in growing natives for sustainability, water conservation, bringing wildlife into the garden and pure enjoyment, we have more questions than a handful of volunteers can answer.

On February 20, 2010 we will present an all day Native Plant Landscape Symposium. The event will be in the newly renovated and super-high-tech Camarillo Ranch House Barn, Camarillo, California from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We are bringing together some of the most knowledgeable and dynamic speakers in Southern California for a day of sharing knowledge, creative ideas and beautiful photographs.
This symposium will delight those new to growing native plants as well as the experienced horticulturist!  Topics for the day will include native plant choices for the home landscape, watering, wildland interface, designing for wildlife, landscape design for fire resistance, landscape maintenance, integrating natives with non-native plants, landscaping under oak trees, lawn replacements and permaculture.
The generous sponsorship of the Camarillo Ranch House Foundation Nopalito Native Plant Nursery have helped to make this possible.

Native plant gardening and sustainable landscaping books authored by Carol Bornstein, Bart O’Brien, and Owen Dell will be onsite for sale and autograph along with many other books of interest. Beverages, snacks, and lunch (catered by Carrie Clough will be provided. Spanish translation will be available.
The List of Presenters follows as Page Two.  For full details and registration go to
For further information, please contact CNPS Channel Islands Chapter Horticulture Chair, Patt McDaniel (805) 646-9948 

California Native Plant Society
Sustainability Through Nature
A Native Plant Landscape Symposium
February 20, 2010
Camarillo, California   
Speakers include: 
Sustainable garden “wise guy” Owen Dell speaking on “Sustainable Landscaping: A Visionary Look at the Future of Gardens.” Owner of County Landscape & Design, Santa Barbara since 1971, Owen Dell is a Licensed landscape contractor and licensed landscape architect specializing in sustainable landscapes, firescaping, native landscaping.
The dynamic and humorous Richard Halsey, chaparral/fire ecologist, author, and founder of The California Chaparral Institute, a nonprofit research and educational organization focusing on the ecology of California’s shrubland plant communities, wildland fire, and how Mediterranean-type ecosystems have helped shape human culture.
Greg Rubin, California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc., design/build contractor, author, speaking on “Landscaping Secrets for the Native Garden” brings practical experience and understanding to basic design principles for creating year-round interest, minimizing maintenance, fire resistance, irrigation, and success!
The delightful and informative Carol Bornstein, coauthor (with David Fross and Bart O’Brian) of California Native Plants for the Garden, horticulturist, garden designer; Carol is one of Southern California’s most highly respected native plant specialists
Ojai Oak expert Michael Inaba, Arborist with Inaba Horticulture, speaking on caring for and planting around oaks, gardening with existing native oak trees, understanding sun/shade requirements and plant growth, soil considerations,
Knowledgeable and helpful Barbara Eisenstein, blogger, writer, speaker, and gardener will share ideas and information on “Creating a Wild Suburbia with California Native Plants.” Barbara works with gardeners, landscape professionals and horticulturists to advance the use of native plants and sustainable gardening practices in homes and parks. 
The most knowledgeable and highly regarded Bart O’Brien,  Senior Staff Research Associate, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden coauthor of California Native Plants for the Garden, and of Care and Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens.

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1 Shirley Bovshow 02.05.10 at 10:50 pm

I’ve enjoyed browsing your sites and viewing your video. Excellent work. The lineup for this event is stellar!
I look forward to communicating with you in the future.
Shirley Bovshow

2 Patt McDaniel 02.10.10 at 3:49 pm

Thanks for posting this! We are all very excited about this event and I am very much looking forward to hearing the speakers myself (and eating the food – mostly donated by local farmers!)


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