At Home with Natives 2012: Solutions for Nature-Friendly Landscaping
Saturday, October 13, 2012
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo CA
Creating and growing beautiful water-wise gardens with California native plants has never made more sense. Our native plants are as lovely as any; require fewer pesticides, fertilizers, and maintenance; and yes, most need far less water than “normal” landscapes.
The theme of this symposium is making it easier to create and take care of these native landscapes. After all, there is a learning curve involved when using native plants in our landscapes and this symposium brings together some of our best local experts who will help you increase your knowledge about successfully using native plants, no matter your level of expertise.
• Joshua Link and Aron Nussbaum: When the Lawn is Gone
• Orchid Black: Green Native Gardens and Water!
• Bob Allen: Local Natives and the Bugs, Butterﬂies, and Birds They Attract
• Ron Vanderhoff: Color with Natives in the “Off” Seasons
• Barbara Eisenstein: The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth--Caring for a Native Garden
• Ask the Experts: Panel of our Speakers plus Rob Moore and Dan Songster
Goto 'Program Details' tab for a detailed symposium schedule.
|8:00-8:45||Registration and morning refreshments|
•Robert Farnsworth, Chair, Horticulture and
Landscape Design Department
•Brad Jenkins, President, Orange County Chapter,
California Native Plant Society, and Symposium
When the Lawn is Gone: Design Ideas
for the New California Landscape
The common notion of landscaping more
often than not reﬂects an aesthetic rooted
in the tradition of European gardens.
Carpets of lawn, topiary walls and annual
ﬂoral knickknacks adorn much of the
human realm in the United States, turning a
blind eye to regional identity, local climate,
and the far-reaching impacts of landscape-
as-usual. But in recent years, a growing
groundswell of consciousness has prompted
many to set aside the lawnmower and seek
out the vibrant, compelling natural heritage
at hand. By bridging the gap between
domestic and wild, the deﬁnition of outdoor
living has been modiﬁed to include… life.
Southern California is ripe for such a
movement, a thoughtful celebration of the
true California landscape.
Joshua Link and Aron Nussbaum of
Founding partners of Ecotone Studios.
Landscape architects and urban designers; broad
experience ranging from campuses and parks to
urban inﬁll development, residential gardens and
Joshua Link: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture,
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis
Obispo; LEED trained.
Aron Nussbaum: Master of Architecture and Real
Estate Development, Woodbury University, San
Diego; Bachelor of Landscape Architecture,
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis
Green Native Gardens and Water!
Must all our rainwater run down the storm
drains? Sustainable native garden designs
must respect and treat water as the rare life
giving element it is. Let’s see ways to keep
this valuable resource and even collect it for
use: swales and earthworks that are meant
to keep water on site, appropriate
rainwater harvesting, and practical
Native Sanctuary (formerly Pitcher Sage Design)
blog and portfoilo at:
•Principal, Native Sanctuary, which offers native plant
consulting, habitat creation and sustainable design
services to the greater Los Angeles area.
•Writer and lecturer about native plants, water-saving
strategies, and sustainable gardening.
Local Natives and the Bugs,
Butterﬂies, and Birds They Attract
Bob will discuss a sampling of southern
California natives that are good in the
garden, and their interactions with other
living things: reptiles, birds, butterﬂies,
beetles, and bees. Interactions include
food, shelter, behavioral displays, and
•Biologist, author, photographer and native plant
gardener/landscaper. Teaches classes and workshops
in those subjects.
•Master of Science in Environmental Studies, California
State University, Fullerton; Bachelor of Science in
Environmental and Systematic Biology, California
Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
•His long-awaited book on the wildﬂowers of Orange
County is currently in press.
|12:15-1:30||Buffet lunch in the Greenhouse||
•Book sales by OCCNPS
•Displays by sponsors
Color with Natives in the “Off”
Let’s dispel the myth that natives are only
colorful in the spring. Whether it’s ﬂowers,
stems, foliage, or fruit, our natives have color
throughout the year--even in summer! Ron
will show us examples of colorful native
plants and give us tips on how to grow these
wild beauties in our own gardens.
•Lifelong southern California gardener; professional
horticulturist and leader in the local gardening
community as an educator, writer, lecturer and
•Nursery manager at Roger’s Gardens; leads a push for
sustainable gardens in OC with the California Friendly
Garden Contest (which OCCNPS helps sponsor).
•Has contributed articles to all forms of media; a
special contributor to The Sunset Western Garden Book.
•Member of OCCNPS’ Board of Directors.
The Whole Truth and Nothing but the
Truth: Caring for a Native Garden
Get the real scoop on caring for a native
garden. No garden, not even a native one, is
maintenance free. Barbara will cover:
•Basic maintenance topics such as pruning,
pest control and irrigation.
•How native gardens differ from standard
•Tips for creating a native garden that
requires the amount of care you want to
provide--how and when to work in the
native garden for greatest impact with the
•Native plant gardener, horticulturist, speaker, writer,
•Founded and leads Friends of the Nature Park, a
citizen stewardship program in South Pasadena.
•Horticulture Chair for the San Gabriel Mountains
Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.
•Former Horticulture Outreach and Education
Coordinator at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden,
where she may have answered your questions on the
Ask the Experts
Panel of today’s speakers plus Rob
Moore and Dan Songster,
moderated by Ron Vanderhoff.
Images of different landscapes and gardens
will be projected as the prompts for
discussion about good design, planting
techniques, plant selection and spacing,
maintenance issues, irrigation ideas, art in the
garden, and more.
Now is the time to ask your questions about
any and all aspects of native gardening and
•Principal, California Native Landscape Design, offering
landscape design/consultation services throughout the
southern California region.
•Has written for the Association of Professional
Landscape Designers' magazine The Designer and for
the California Native Plant Society’s journal Fremontia.
Currently a Contributing Editor for Fremontia.
•Served as Sustainability Co-Chair for the Greater LA
District Association of Professional Landscape
•Member of OCCNPS’ Board of Directors.
•Over 35 years experience in landscaping and
gardening in Orange County.
•Member and Past President of OCCNPS’ Board of
•Member of the California Native Plant Society’s
statewide Horticulture Committee.
•Charter member of the California Invasive Plant
•Director of the Golden West College Native Garden
in Huntington Beach since 1985.
|4:45-5:15||End of Symposium Social||
Cookies and tea, and another chance to buy
books, in the HS Courtyard