At Home with Natives 2013: Sustaining California with Native Gardens

Saturday, October 19, 2013,  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Saddleback College
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo CA

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Please join us for this one-day event! Our presentations focus on sustainable, California native plant garden design. Native plants need far less water, care, pesticides, fertilizers, and overall  maintenance than conventional landscape plants.

    •Ron Vanderhoff, MC and Moderator
    •Guy Stivers: What Makes a Resource-Saving Landscape?
    •Lili Singer: Beneficial Insects in Your Landscape
    •Orchid Black: Water in Your Garden
    •Abe Sanchez: Eating your Native Garden, mini class during lunch
    •Mike Evans: The Plant Community Approach to Native Gardening
    •Ask the Experts: Panel of our speakers plus other experts

Included is a fabulous gourmet buffet lunch provided by the Saddleback College Culinary Department and served in the college’s lovely state-of-the-art greenhouse!  Yum!

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Symposium Program

8:00-8:30   Registration and morning refreshments
8:30-8:45 Welcome

•Robert Farnsworth, Chair; Horticulture and Landscape Design Dept., Saddleback College
Ron Vanderhoff, MC; Member of OCCNPS’ Board of Directors.


What it takes to create a Resource-Saving Landscape

What makes a Resource-Saving Landscape, one that causes words like stewardship and conservation spring to mind? Guy has been
involved with several recent projects that demonstrate what it takes to design and create a resource-thrifty landscape that also
is interesting, beautiful, and long lasting, among them:
•The famous Elmer Avenue experiment.
•Shipley Nature Center’s rain garden, with natives.
•The practical and beautiful Yunker
•The OC Coastkeeper Demonstration Garden.
•The Mesa Water District Facility
Demonstration Garden.
These projects inspire us to take the step to make our own landscape sustainable, or to add that extra element to our existing
sustainable landscape.




Guy Stivers
Stivers and Associates Landscape Architecture

•Landscape Architect, Certified Environmental Planner,
and Urban Forester.
•Has been involved in many projects, all of which lean strongly towards resource conservation.
•Developed demonstration landscapes that successfully teach people how water conserving landscapes can also be strikingly beautiful.
•His company has been involved in several of the most innovative, award winning, and thought provoking landscape projects in southern California.
9:45-10:00   Break
10:00-11:00 Benefical insects and other good
bugs in the garden

Instead of relying on pesticides, let’s let Mother Nature help us keep our gardens balanced! Native landscapes depend on a diverse array of tiny and amazing creatures that keep unwanted visitors in check.Though most of us who garden can identify ladybugs and other common beneficials, many natural enemies are not so easily recognized. This illustrated talk discusses good bugs you're likely to find in the landscape, how to attract them to your garden, how to keep them around, and which pests they help manage.

Lili Singer
Horticultural consultant and freelance garden writer.

•Director of Special Projects and Adult Education at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, since 2007.
•Heads the Thursday Garden Talks at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, since 2004.
•Published and edited two award-winning periodicals:
The Southern California Gardener (1991-1999) and The Gardener’s Companion.
•Hosted “The Garden Show,” a live call-in radio program on KCRW-fm, 1982-1996.
•Named Horticulturist of the Year by the Southern California Horticultural Society, 1997.
•Received the Mildred E. Mathias Life Achievement Award from the Friends of the Virginia Robinson Gardens, 1994.
11:00-12:00 Water in our gardens: saving, storing and using.
Sustainable native garden designs must respect and treat water as the rare, lifegiving element it is, especially here in southern California! Must all our rainwater run down the storm drains? Can we use greywater for our fruit trees? And our natives? (Hint: yes, no.) Is drip the best way to water? We’ll examine swales and earthworks meant to keep water on site, conserving both water and topsoil, appropriate rainwater harvesting and storage, some thoughts about greywater--
and a quick look at Orchid’s view on practical irrigation.
Orchid Black
Native Sanctuary

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. Her practical and entertaining presentation at last year’s “At Home
with Natives Symposium” was one of the highlights of
the day!
12:00-2:00 Buffet lunch in the Greenhouse, announcements, mix-and-mingle time •Book sales by OCCNPS
•Displays by sponsors

in the Greenhouse

Useful and edible native plants:
culinary (and other) explorations
into your native garden.

Join us for an after-lunch treat as Abe Sanchez shows us how to use native plants in creative, appetizing and modern dishes!
Many native plants--more than might be expected--have been used for foods for centuries. They are easy to grow in your home landscape. With the use of some
modern tools and conveniences, they are easy to prepare as well as delicious and nutritious.

Abe Sanchez

•Through study and experimentation, has developed a vocabulary of native materials to use in contemporary ways.
•Has been actively involved in the revival and preservation of Indigenous arts and foods.
•Specializes in Southern California Native American Basketry and California and Southwest Native foods.
•Has worked closely with traditional Native American gatherers to learn the methods and practices of these cultural specialists.
•Assists tribes in the gathering and processing of wild local, sustainable foods, encouraging a sustainable and healthier diet to combat illnesses affecting Native people today.

2:00-2:50  Plant communities--a common-sense
approach to sustainable native
landscape design

It makes sense to use plants from similar climates but even more sense to choose plants for your landscape from the same
plant community! Selecting the plants for your landscape based on naturally occurring communities is an ecologically sound basis for design, and often provides the most successful and easiest-to-maintain

This talk will take a quick look at communities such as Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Oak Woodlands, Riparian/
Alluvial Fan, and Meadow, and how to match these to your site and soils. Some of the
most attractive and most reliable selections from these communities will be highlighted
and a descriptive plant and plant community list will be provided.

Mike Evans
Co-Owner, Tree Of Life Nursery

•Established Tree of Life Nursery, specializing in California native plants, in 1976.
•Affiliated with numerous conservation, horticultural, and botanical organizations, including:
•Past president (2005) of the International Plant Propagators Society.
•Past president (2001) of the California Society for Ecological Restoration.
•Founding member of the Xeriscape Committee through Metropolitan Water District.
•Active in the California Native Plant Society, the California Botanical Society, and The Nature Conservancy.
•An original board member of the Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy.
•Writes and lectures on the subject of a California that deserves to look like the true “California.”
•Advocates a style of authentic horticulture and appropriate landscaping with native California plants.

2:50-3:15 Break •Opportunity Drawing
3:15-4:30 Ask the Experts
Panel of today’s speakers plus Bob Allen and Dan Songster, moderated by Ron Vanderhoff.

Audience participation is expected!

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 landscaping!







Bob Allen, MS

•Biologist, author, photographer, and native plant gardener/landscaper.
•Latest book: Wildflowers of Orange County and the
Santa Ana Mountains.
•Teaches classes and workshops in botany, entomology, pollination, photography, and native plant landscaping.
•Promotes the use of native plants for aesthetics, as portrayals of true California gardens, and especially as habitat for interrelated native animals.

Dan Songster

•Director of Golden West College Native Garden in Huntington Beach, 1985-2013.
•Member and Past President of OCCNPS’ Board of Directors.
•Member of the California Native Plant Society’s statewide Horticulture Committee.
•Charter member of the California Invasive Plant Council.
•More than 35 years experience in landscaping and gardening in Orange County.

Ron Vanderhoff

•Lifelong southern California gardener; professional horticulturist and leader in the local gardening community as an educator, writer, lecturer and innovator.
•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.
•Contributor to The Sunset Western Garden Book and The Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains.
•Member of OCCNPS’ Board of Directors.

4:30 End of Symposium