Natural Landscaping in Small Spaces and Chapter Celebration

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016

Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)

Speaker: Mike Evans

Functional nature-based gardens can be created in very tight quarters (even in pots!) using native plants, native elements, and design techniques that incorporate the beauty of an ecosystem. Come learn how the principles of Japanese natural gardening (Hakoniwa) can be applied to landscaping in our beautiful southern California environment. The focus will be on diversity, habitat, resource conservation and our connection to the garden for healing and wellness. Mike will build a demonstration "eco-pot" that when done will go to the winner of an opportunity drawing!

Mike Evans is president and founder of Tree of Life Nursery, which has been in business 35 years, propagating, and growing approximately 400 varieties of California native plants on 40 acres near San Juan Capistrano. He finds that he can "go out to the wilderness" anytime by just letting his imagination run wild while he is taking care of a few of these potted native landscapes.

The program will begin at 7:30, but you may come at 5pm to enjoy a walk in the preserve and a look at the new pollinator garden with Trude Hurd who designed it (From 5-6pm). The Duck Club will open at 6:15pm for Social Hour with potluck refreshments, a wonderful Opportunity Drawing, and a slide show of last year’s OC-CNPS activities. The chapter will supply drinks, utensils, and paper goods. Bring a dish to share that is easy to eat (nibbles) with a serving utensil and you are good! (Or just bring a friend.) Celia Kutcher wants your great photos of 2015-16 chapter activities for our year-end “slide” show. Send them to at . Enjoy with us this special celebration of the year’s achievements