Archive for October, 2009

CNPS Orange County News – OCTOBER is Planting Month!

October 9, 2009

In this Bulletin:

1.  General Meeting, Thursday, October 15, 2009

2.  Fall Benefit Plant Sale, Saturday, October 24, 2009

1.  GENERAL MEETING, Thursday, October 15, 2009

Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine

(see for directions)

Doors open at 7:00 pm, Main Program at 7:30 pm

Topic: Secrets of the Native Landscape

Speaker: Greg Rubin

Thinking about going native but worried about what the neighbors will say? Afraid that natives are too difficult, look unpleasant half the year, constitute a fire hazard, or are just too easy to kill? Have we got a guest speaker for you!

Native horticulturalist and owner of California’s Own Native Landscape Design ( Greg Rubin will share his vast experience with natives and his creativity. This special presentation will reveal many of the how-tos of native landscaping while exploring the little known and often surprising aspects of working with native plants in a landscape. Greg will dispel many of the myths related to native landscapes, showing successful summer planting of natives, natives landscapes that look great in summer and fall, native plantings that thrive with overhead watering, and native landscaping that can be extraordinarily fire resistant!

Garden design & photo courtesy of Greg Rubin

Garden design & photo courtesy of Greg Rubin

Greg Rubin, an aerospace engineer turned native landscape contractor, has been developing California gardens since the mid-80s and in 1993 started his own highly regarded design company, He has installed over 500 landscapes in Southern California and was part of the team that won the 2008 Grand Orchid Award for the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas. Greg is a well-known and passionate advocate for native plants and his work has been covered in Los Angeles Times, Sunset, Pacific Horticulture, and California Gardener. He has been a frequent guest of radio and television programs and regularly speaks to groups throughout southern California. Come to have fun, take notes, and be inspired by this dynamic speaker!

2.  FALL BENEFIT PLANT SALE – Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tree of Life Nursery, 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, (949) 728-0685

Our annual plant sale at Tree of Life Nursery benefits the Orange County chapter and our programs, and it comes at the perfect time of the year to plant native plants.  Expert advice will be available all day.

Don’t miss our panel presentation at 10:00 am – “Water-Less gardens that you (and your neighbors) will love”.  Brad Jenkins will discuss neat, clean, easy native plants that are the backbone of your landscape, Nancy Heuler will discuss design aspects, and Gene Ratcliffe will present ideas for easy, reliable and striking accent plants.

Invite your friends and neighbors!  A flyer with complete information is available at We depend on all of your support.

If you can volunteer to assist at this event, please contact Diane Wollenberg at

Brad, Nancy and Gene teach in the Tree of Life "Indian" classroom

Brad, Nancy and Gene teach in the Tree of Life "Indian" classroom

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