Sage Give Away, White Sage Review,
Saging the World Movie, Cultural Connection

Wednesday November 9 - Chapter Meeting

Location: Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo

6:30 PM


6:45 PM

A SAGE IN EVERY GARDEN: We launch our white sage giveaway campaign, A Sage In Every Garden, to give away 2,000 four-inch white sage plants to Orange County residents over the next few months. This evening we will give away 96 white sage plants, (one per resident while supplies last), to Orange County residents attending the meeting.

Click here for more information about white sage and the Sage In Every Garden campaign. 

7:15 PM

WHITE SAGE REVIEW: 'Bug' Bob Allen gives a brief biology presentation of highlights about white sage. Bob Allen along with Fred Roberts are the authors of our local authoritative book, Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains.  

Click here for more information about the Allen and Roberts book, Wildflowers of Orange County... 

7:30 PM

SAGING THE WORLD Movie: Screening the award-winning short documentary, Saging The World. The movie discusses how "Saging" has become popularized in movies, television, and social media. People are burning sage bundles in the hope of purifying space and clearing bad energy. Instead of healing, the appropriated use of saging is having a devastating impact on our environment. Today, poachers are stealing metric tons of this plant from the wild to supply international demand. Saging the World spotlights the ecological and cultural issues intertwined with white sage, centering the voices of Native advocates who have long protected and cherished this plant. Directed by Rose Ramirez, Deborah Small, and David Bryant. 

Click here for more information about the Saging The World movie. 

After the Movie

CULTURAL CONNECTION: Heidi Lucero, of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation, will attend the meeting and lead a discussion after the movie screens.


6:45pm Doors Open, 7:30pm Presentation Begins
Norman P. Murray Community Center – 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo

Join us for an update on the progress in the native landscape that Elizabeth Wallace and her 'Oak Tree Gang' of volunteers have been creating at Vera’s Gardens, a 12-acre landscape rehabilitation project in the foothills near Cleveland National Forest. 


Much has happened in the last year since Wallace provided our Chapter with an overview of the progress at the Trabuco Canyon gardens. The fierce sun and drought conditions (along with hungry deer and gophers) are causing adjustments in the plant palette – reducing the number of non-local natives and even changing the planting methods.

Wallace will show before and after pictures of the changing landscape at Vera's, including the successes and failures along the way. She will share the newest native plant palette and discuss how the landscape design has been evolving toward evergreen, local native plants for the front garden areas. Vera's new native landscape is not only healthier for all but is more likely to withstand the increasing temperatures and reduced rainfall at the high ridge top site. 


This 12-acre site is owned by a non-profit, The Teen Project, that shelters women who were subject to human trafficking and homelessness. The site was first viewed by Elizabeth Wallace and her team in December 2018, when the Teen Project folks were busy getting the homes repaired and ready for residents to move in. They were considering using artificial turf to solve some of their landscape problems. Wallace stepped in with a couple of partners to offer an alternative: Plant a natural landscape using local native plants instead. The natural landscape would be healing for the land and for the future residents. Since starting the project almost four years ago, Wallace and her volunteer gardening team have rehabilitated much of the landscape of the five-home cul-de-sac in Trabuco Canyon. Join us to see the amazing progress on this worthwhile project on the edge of Orange County wildlands.


Besides leading her volunteer crew (The Oak Tree Gang) in transforming Vera's Gardens, she has been gardening with native plants for more than 30 years. She is a board member for OC-CNPS. Wallace works with homeowners associations to help them install native plants in their common areas and is the author of the blog BuckwheatBringsButterflies.com. In 2019, Wallace led A Buckwheat in Every Garden where the chapter gave away more than 1,500 'Dana Point' buckwheats to residents. She is currently leading a similar campaign, A Sage in Every Garden, to provide 2,000 four-inch white sage plants free to Orange County homeowners.



Out of the Ice Age and into the Pyrocene:

A natural history of Southern California's chaparral as told from fossils

with REGAN DUNN of the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum


Wednesday January 11

Via Zoom

7:10 pm Chat, 7:30 pm Anouncements and Presentation


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