I wanted an excuse to share the photos I took last week at my favorite nursery, Tree of Life
, which sells only plants that are native to California. The place is going off like crazy, but I had already posted about it in February. (Click this to see that post
Then today, while talking to my friend Laura, who started planting natives several decades ago in her giant Laguna Beach yard, she mentioned that California Native Plant Week was coming up.
To be honest, I didn’t even know there was such a thing.
Then I thought, well, if anyone will be celebrating California Native Plant Day, if would be Tree of Life.
they are hosting an event every day (except Sunday) between April 16 through April 23.
The event that first caught my eye was one about their new butterfly garden (I guess I missed that during my recent visit) and a talk about butterflies by expert Bob Allen, on their kick-off day, THIS Saturday, April 16, at 9 a.m.
They are having a wildflower walk at the nearby Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy
on both Monday and Tuesday, April 18 and 19. (This is the pristine open space near the famous Trestles surf break in south Orange County where some bozo developers tried to build a massive toll road smack through both this conservancy land and a California state park. Can you believe that? But thanks to a grassroots campaign, mainly of environs and surfers, we stopped them!!!! SaveD Trestles
Then I noticed their “Iron Designer” talks. It took me a minute before I got it. (In case you are dense like me, they are playing off that Iron Chef show where chefs are given a specific cooking ingredient and compete to make the best dish using it.) They are having Iron Designer on several days, when they will give their featured native plant designers a specific native plant and challenge them to incorporate it into a garden plan.
To cap off the big week, they are having a presentation Saturday, April 23, on native cultures, when members of the local Native Indian tribe in San Juan Capistrano will demonstrate
how to make treats using–what else?–California native plants. All the events will be free.
Please note that there will not be anything happening on that Sunday, April 17, since the nursery will be closed. Believe me, it’s a long way to go to find out it’s closed. (The nursery is located in a remote part of south OC, about 7 miles east of the I-5 in San Juan Capistrano out the windy, scenic Ortega Highway.)
The larger message I’m trying to convey here is that you don’t even need an event or special week to visit Tree of Life. If you can, just try to get out there soon. It’s more beautiful than ever right now!
I’ve run out of exciting news to weave among my photos of Tree of Life.
If you live too far away to visit, I’m sure many of you are enjoying your own native flower shows
bursting out just about now.
If you haven’t done so already, mark your calendars.
Happy California Native Plant Week!