Archive for September, 2010

CNPS Orange County News – September 2010

September 11, 2010
In this eNews:
  1. General Meeting, Wild and Green: a garden that fits California, Speaker: Ron Vanderhoff Thursday, September 16
  2. Maintenance Workshop: Planting and Pruning California Natives – October 2. Register Now!
  3. Laguna Beach Water District event – September 25
  4. Plant Sale Preview and Volunteers Needed – October 23

1. General Meeting: “Wild and Green: A garden that fits California” with Ron Vanderhoff

Please join us on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine.  Directions are on our website, (click on “Directions to the Duck Club” on the left).

  • 6:45 pm – Doors Open
  • 7:00 pm – Interest Centers: Research, Grow, Explore and Protect OC: See below for details.
  • 7:30 pm – Main Program

Interest Centers: Our new “Interest Centers” will be introduced at the September general meeting. Plant identification is just the beginning as we debut four informational tables: Research OC (Plant Science, Education and Rare Plants), Grow OC (Native Gardening & Horticulture), Protect OC (Conservation) and Explore OC (Field Trips, Outdoor Activities & Fun) in September and October.  We welcome your interaction with our expert volunteers as we explore together the different aspects of California Native Plants.

Main Program: This is the story of a plant hobbyist (or plant-nut) named Ron who took his existing mish-mash of 1980’s plants and went about landscaping a garden truly his own. One that emphasizes water thrift, wildlife, sustainability, and especially celebrates  our native flora. Learn how his landscape somehow came about with “simplistic irrigation, no time, no outside help, and no budget.”

This virtual tour will begin with the original insipid plantings, highlight his lofty goals (and the eventual realities), his overall design, and then leaps into the nuts and bolts of soil, irrigation, walkways, and planting. Ron will finish his quick moving talk with what he has learned from his efforts, examples of successes and failures, and some of his favorite natives from the garden. If you are thinking of installing a native garden and want to be inspired, entertained, and given lots of useful information-come hear this presentation!

Ron Vanderhoff is a lifelong southern California gardener and professional horticulturist. his experience includes maintaining or designing impressive gardens in Newport Beach, including John Wayne’s. For the past many years he has been a leader in the local gardening community as an educator, writer, lecturer and innovator, and as the nursery manager at Roger’s Gardens where he leads a push for sustainable gardens in Orange County with the California Friendly Garden Contest (which OC-CNPS helps sponsor).

2. Maintenance Workshop: Planting and Pruning California Natives

Saturday, October 2, 2010, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Golden West College Native Garden, Huntington Beach
Sponsored by: California Native Plant Society, Orange County

Whether you are getting ready to begin planting your native garden or already have one a few years old, this workshop will help you learn about:

  • Basic planting techniques, including hillside planting
  • Pruning techniques for a variety of plants and situations: Pruning to clean up, hedge, tip back, thin, espalier. Appropriate time of year to prune different species.

The workshop will consist of demonstrations and hands-on practice outside in the Golden West College Native Garden in Huntington Beach. REGISTER NOW! The class will be limited to a total of 24 registrants, divided into two rotating groups of twelve each. Handouts will be provided.


3. Laguna Beach County Water District SmartScape Info/Expo

Orange County Chapter of CNPS will be represented at the first annual SmartScape Info/Expo on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at its headquarters office located at 306 Third Street, Laguna Beach.  There are several good workshops planned, so for more details, see the LBCWD website, and look for the link to the downloadable PDF.

Calling Laguna Beach residents:  Can you help with outreach to your neighbors for an hour or two?  Email Laura Camp at to volunteer – We Need You!

4 SAVE THE DATE:  Chapter Benefit Plant Sale at Tree of Life Nursery.

On October 23, 2010, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, the place to be will be San Juan Capistrano for the annual plant sale.  Plan to be there to see Barbara Eisenstein’s talk at 10am, and plan to buy plenty of plants!  A portion of the proceeds from the day will be donated to CNPS-OC.  Contact Laura Camp at if you can volunteer to help; no experience with native plant gardening is necessary, and we rely on chapter volunteers to help us with our biggest fund-raiser of the year.  You’ll hear more about this next month!