The Buckwheat in Every Garden campaign was held in 2019 - 2020. This article is for historical purposes.

 

Our Goal

The Orange County chapter of the California Native Plant Society encourages Orange County homeowners to install California native plants in their home landscape and support healthy urban environments. 

Natural land and parklands do not have enough acreage to support bird and butterfly populations, according to Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home. Offering a free starter native plant (California buckwheat) will help homeowners experience the benefits of featuring native plants in their gardens. Homeowners with one native plant in their yard can begin to support and shelter birds, butterflies, and pollinators.

About California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) ‘Dana Point’

The ‘Dana Point’ variety of California buckwheat grows naturally in the Dana Point headlands area and was selected by Tree of Life Nursery. This plant blooms profusely during late spring and summer, and often longer, with creamy white flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators. California buckwheat is easy to grow and requires little water once established. The 'Dana Point' selection mounds one-to-three-feet and blends perfectly in any garden. California buckwheat is beautiful on a slope, in a border, or in a themed garden.

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Where Can I Get My Free Buckwheat Plant?

The Orange County chapter of the California Native Plant Society is giving away one free four-inch California buckwheat plant beginning October 5, 2019 at Acorn Day in O’Neill Regional Park. Plants will be distributed for planting in Orange County gardens only. Each of the 2,500 Buckwheat plants will be added to the OC Buckwheat Map as they are planted throughout the county.

Below is a list of events where you can get your free buckwheat plant - while supplies last. Check back frequently for other events as we finalize them.

    Get your FREE Buckwheat Plant (All events are "while supplies last" - come early):

  1. October 5: Acorn Day, O’Neill Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd., Trabuco Canyon, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  2. October 12: Laguna Beach Smart Scape Expo 2019, 306 3rd St., Laguna Beach, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  3. October 17: OC CNPS General Meeting, Duck Club, Irvine, 7 p.m.
  4. October 18: Sea & Sage Audubon, Duck Club, Irvine, 7 p.m.
  5. October 19: Orange Home Grown Education Farm, 356 N. Lemon St., Orange, 10 a.m. to noon
  6. October 22-24: Rogers Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  7. October 26: Tree of Life Nursery, 33201 CA-74 on Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  8. October 29: H20 for HOA's, Laguna Niguel Water District, Laguna Hills Comm. Center
  9. November 1-3: Rogers Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  10. November 1: Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  11. November 6: San Clemente Garden Club, St. Andrews Church, 2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente, 1 p.m.
  12. November 8: Sherman Gardens Lunch & Learn, Corona del Mar, 11-2 p.m. Small admission fee to the gardens.
  13. November 8: Laguna Beach Garden Club, 415 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 9:30-12 p.m. Only 16 plants.
  14. November 10: St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar.
  15. November 15: Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, 9 to 1 p.m.
  16. Decenber 7: Shipley Nature Center, Huntington Beach Central Park. More details to come.
  17. January 11: OC / UCCE Master Gardeners, Irvine. Private event.
  18. January  14-16: Rogers Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar. All day.
  19. January 20: San Juan Capistrano Garden Club, San Juan Hills Golf Course, SJC. 10 a.m.
  20. February 11: Orange County Organic Gardening Club, Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Events Center. 7 p.m.
  21. February 20: Orange Coast College Sustainability Fair, Costa Mesa, 12:30 to 3 p.m.
  22. March 12: Arbor Day Celebration in Laguna Beach, Main Beach, Laguna Beautificaiton Council, 3 to 5 p.m.
  23. April 4 -5: Fullerton Arboretum Green Scene, Fullerton, 9 to 4 each day. Cancelled
  24. April 11: Irvine Ranch Conservancy Wildflower Showcase, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, Irvine, 9 a.m. to noon. Cancelled
  25. April 25: Dana Point Headlands Earth Day celebration. Headlands Nature Center, 34558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point. 10 to 1 p.m. Cancelled

Planting and Care Instructions

Planting: Plant in full sun. No amendments or fertilizer. Dig a hole twice the size of the 4” pot, fill the empty hole with water and let it drain completely. Remove the plant from the container and set the plant in the hole so the stem is 1/2 inch above the surrounding ground. Fill the hole with backfill soil and tamp down it down to remove any air pockets. Water deeply with at least one gallon of water and let it percolate slowly through the soil.

Care: Water once every four/five days until rains begin. The plant will need to dry out between watering. After the plant is established (one year from installation), water once a month deeply and let the water percolate into the soil. This is a locally native plant that grows naturally on our local slopes, bluffs and hillsides, surviving on natural rainfall, so care is very minimal. Prune buckwheat once a year in late December.

Links

See the Orange County Buckwheat Map: iNaturalist

Blog: www.BuckwheatBringsButterflies.com

Share your buckwheat photos and stories:

Pollinator and Insect Conservation: Xerces.org

Tree of Life Nursery: Californianativeplants.com

Roger’s Gardens: rogersgardens.com

Landscaping with CA Natives: Calscape.org

Get Involved

For Questions, or to be a Buckwheat Ambassador, email us at

Buckwheat Ambassadors:

  • Promote the importance of buckwheat plants at various outreach events
  • Distribute buckwheat plants to garden clubs, conservation organizations and other groups
  • Help with the Buckwheat in Every Garden campaign

                    Ambassador Tools: Ambassador instructions    Buckwheat Log    Media Release    Table Talker    iNat Instructions    Care Sheets

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