Coming Events

CNPS Native Garden Tour

The annual CNPS Orange County chapter tour of native plant gardens in Orange County will take place on April 8, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm. This year’s tour offers gardens throughout the county, including a Back to Natives landscape in Santa Ana!  Tickets are free and include detailed descriptions and directions to all the gardens.
Our one-year-old native plant installation is in Santa Ana’s celebrated Floral Park neighborhood. You may have seen it as a newly installed garden last year. The rains this year – and water wise irrigation installed by BTN – have given the young plantings a jump-start and they’ve seen exponential growth since last spring.
Bonus… we designed and installed the back yard this winter, so you’ll have the opportunity to tour that as well! See the early stages of the carex lawn. Walk past fresh plantings along a decomposed granite path that loops through the yard and into the side yard where we’ve installed a stainless steel trellis along the cinderblock wall for morning glory and clematis.
Back in the front the hummingbird sage and strawberries are spreading. The bush mallow is bulging. Buckwheat and penstemons are vying for attention. Hedge nettle, bladder pod and white sage have created a lush blanket across the decomposed granite mounds surrounding this historic colonial home. Take a stroll along the permeable brick path lined with native carex, fleabane, and blue-eyed grass. Buckwheat and California fuchsia weave their way in and out of a white, gothic style picket fence. A trellis covered with native grape beckons garden visitors to sit back and admire the two young sycamore trees anchoring the yard. California is definitely in the garden of this historic Santa Ana home. Register for FREE tickets here.

Native Foundation Plants

Free Seminar at the South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show

April 28, 2 p.m.
April 29, 11:30 a.m.

Seminar Room A, located on Level 3 of the at South Coast Plaza Crate and Barrel / Macy’s Home Store Wing at 3333 Bear Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Join Reginald Durant from Back to Natives to learn all about some great native foundation plants that are attractive year round. The right foundation planting for most landscapes is a nice mix of evergreen material, with some repetition of plants for a unified look, and an overall casual, naturalistic feeling. A successful foundation planting starts with picking the right plants in the right proportion: evergreens to provide the structural bones of the landscape year-round. Evergreen shrubs add texture and height, and seasonal color. Foundation plants should enhance a landscape, make it welcoming, and tie it to the surrounding area. Using natives as foundation plantings eliminates the need for pesticides, which harm beneficial insects and other animals, and reduces our exposure to toxic substances. Natives require less pruning and no fertilizing. A well planned native plant landscape even attracts birds and butterflies. Participants will learn why and how to select native foundation plants appropriate for their geographic region, as well as best practices for designing with locally native plants. ­­­­­

Saving Water Using Micro Irrigation

Free Seminar at the South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show

April 30, 11AM

Seminar Room A, located on Level 3 of the at South Coast Plaza Crate and Barrel / Macy’s Home Store Wing at 3333 Bear Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Join Reginald Durant from Back to Natives to learn all about saving water by using micro irrigation. “We’ve found that Natives do not thrive with wasteful overhead watering,” said Durant, “They do best with micro irrigation which focuses water to the base of each plant, and can be adjusted to the needs of each plant, saving substantial amounts of water.” Join us for a timely workshop focusing on our favorite irrigation to use with native plants to save the maximum amount of water – micro irrigation. Reginald used micro irrigation when he designed and installed landscape design for the first Platinum LEED home in Orange County, as well as for the first home in OC to earn the Build It Green, GreenPoint Rated designation.