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WORKSHOP: Create Habitat and Give Back to Nature with California Native Plants
Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater
San Diego, CA
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WORKSHOP: Create Habitat and Give Back to Nature with California Native Plants

CNPS-San Diego is excited to present a day-long workshop that includes three presentations along with an extensive 100-minute native gardening seminar on understanding and nurturing the relationships of wildlife and California native plants. Topics include California native gardening for habitat; native insects, bird and bees; and principles of permaculture and polyculture in the native habitat garden. The day will conclude with a presentation of a renowned model habitat California native garden: the Gottlieb Native Garden in Beverly Hills. The workshop will be held in the beautiful, contemporary auditorium (stars on the ceiling!) of the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. An extended 80-minute lunch hour will allow you to picnic or dine in the park as you discuss and absorb the morning presentations. Nearby exhibit native gardens will be available for viewing.

-Understand the native plant habitat needs of birds, insects, and other species
-How to create the conditions for a flourishing habitat with California Native plants
-The foundational principles for a healthy habitat to continuously thrive in your garden
-Explore ways to invite and increase species diversity in the garden



9:00-9:50 am PUTTING THE PIECES BACK IN PLACE: HOW RESTORING HABITAT WITH NATIVE PLANTS HELPS WILDLIFE Bob Allen (Adjunct Professor of Biology, Santiago Canyon College & Orange Coast College; Research Associate in Entomology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; Research Associate, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden; Horticultural Consultant; Author, Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains)

We're in the midst of a biodiversity crisis. Throughout the planet, scientific studies have shown that the number of species per area is quickly declining, as is the number of individuals of those species. The causes are many: habitat destruction, non-native invasive species, pest control, climate change, etc. In this opening address well answer the questions: How do California native plants support native insects (and other native wildlife)? And how can we play a supporting role?

10:00-11:40 am BRINGING SAN DIEGO HABITATS HOME TO THE GARDEN Clayton Tschudy (CEO of CJT Ecologics and Former Director of Horticulture & Exhibits at the Water Conservation Garden)

Everything you need to create vibrant, local habitat gardens in San Diego. This talk will take you through concept to the practical aspects of creating localized habitat for San Diego County, providing real life examples and utilizing powerful online tools.

11:40 pm LUNCH: Bring lunch to picnic in the Park or dine at your choice of seven nearby Park restaurants and cafes.

1:00-2:05 pm USING PERMACULTURE TO INTEGRATE CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS INTO YOUR HABITAT GARDEN Diane Kennedy (Founder, Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture, former SDC Senior Park Ranger, Writer) & Miranda Kennedy (B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Native Plant and Wildlife Consultant, Photographer)

Permaculture is based on natural systems and native plants are integral to any planting design. In this talk we'll see permaculture being integrated into a public habitat garden, and talk about plant communication and value for wildlife.

2:15-3:20pm THE GOTTLIEB NATIVE GARDEN: PLANTING NATIVES CREATED A WILDLIFE OASIS! Scott Logan (Naturalist with Wild Wings Ecology and Author of the Upcoming Book - The Gottlieb Native Garden: An Intimate Wildlife Journey)

Scott will take us on a photographic journey through The Gottlieb Native Garden, a thriving wildlife habitat located directly in the middle of Los Angeles urban sprawl.  Hundreds of animals have been documented to date, illustrating that, If you build it, they will come.

There will be four sessions in all, including an opening address from Bob Allen, Professor, Author and Research Associate in Entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Clayton Tschudy, CEO of CJT Ecologics, will present a comprehensive 100-minute seminar on building a San Diego native plant habitat garden. Afternoon presentations will focus on permaculture principles in the native habitat garden and the day will conclude with a presentation of the Gottlieb Native Garden in Beverly Hills and the wildlife that it has attracted.

-Ample free parking available in the park
-Select seeds and books will be available for purchase at the workshop as well as other educational materials for you to take home and enhance the day's knowledge
-Admission to the exhibits at the Museum of Photographic Arts is complementary for workshop participants
-Two demonstration native plant gardens for viewing in the park near the workshop
-An interactive public engagement display outside the museum

-General Registration: $45
-Door Tickets (if available): $50

-FREE PARKING is available in lots in Balboa Park with only a short walk to the event
-We do not offer REFUNDS but your registration can be TRANSFERRED to a person of your choice.


Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater (View)
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
United States


Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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