General Meeting September 18, 2008

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Engage.

Native plant gardens offer much more than outdoor decoration and landscape greenery.  Whether featured in a large garden or arranged in decorative pots on the patio, California native plants invite a unique connection for the people who will get close and observe.  The plants may evoke memories of hiking or camping, announce a change in seasons, or simply attract hummingbirds and butterflies into our busy lives. 

In a traditional “ornamental” garden, the viewer is detached, the feeling is artificial.  But in native gardens there is something that makes us curious yet content, something that makes us want to spend time there. In a native plant garden, we can engage and become an integral part, experiencing a special link to our nearby wildlands.  This is especially important for kids who are growing up in an increasingly urbanized environment.

Speaker Mike Evans takes us into the heart of what a California garden should be. Always a popular and inspirational speaker, Mike is the co-owner of Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano, which in the last 30 years has become the largest grower of California native plants.

LOCATION and TIME of meeting:
Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine (see http://occnps.org/ for directions)
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Bob Allen “Circumvistas allenii” at 7:15 pm
Main program at 7:30 pm

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