Monday, January 27, 2014
Did you know that some California native plants can be used as spices or to make flavored (infused) vinegars? Learn more at: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2014/01/california-gourmet-making-flavored.html
Monday, January 13, 2014
|California bush sunflower (Encelia californica) blooming now in Heritage Creek Preserve|
Ever wonder where to see blooming native plants? Want to know what's blooming before you visit campus? See our new page 'Blooming Now on Campus' to see what's blooming where. You can even download the list with handy thumbnail photos - and learn more about the plants with our helpful links. The page will be updated approximately every two weeks.
Monday, December 9, 2013
When: Friday, 12/13/13 - 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Near the Biology Dept. Greenhouse (behind NSM building)
What: Celebrate the end of finals by making potpourri w/ native plant trimmings.
Easy – fun – creative way to scent your home for the holidays
Price: FREE – all supplies and instruction provided
For about making native plant potpourri see: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2013/11/garden-crafts-making-potpourri-from.html
Monday, November 25, 2013
|Epilobium canum (California Fuschia) - a good hummingbird plant|
We have helpful lists of California native plants appropriate for western L.A. County gardens - including one covering 'hummingbird plants'. See our new page - Plant Lists: Native Plants for Western L.A. County (on left). We will also continue to add plant pictures and information sheets to the 'Gallery of Native Plants' page (left).
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Planning a new garden can be a daunting task. There are so many things to think about – and so many good ideas. It’s hard to know where to begin. Fortunately, our sister blog, Mother Nature’s Backyard, has something that can help. Their series ‘Planning Your New California Garden’, which began in July 2013, takes you step by step through the garden design process. See the first posting at: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2013/07/designing-your-new-california-garden-1.html
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Fall pruning and Fall garden crafts go hand in hand. Learn to how to prune and take home some trimmings at our Pruning workshops. Use your native plant trimming to create lovely hand-dyed yarn and cloth (http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2013/10/garden-crafts-colors-of-california-dyes.html). Then come to a crafts class to get inspired (see Calendar page at left).
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
|Felt-leaf Everlasting (Wright's Cudweed; Pseudognaphalium canescens) provides contrast and habitat|
all year long in the Garden of Dreams
You may have noticed a plant with very white foliage growing in the Garden of Dreams native plant garden. This is Felt-leaf Everlasting (Wright's Cudweed; Pseudognaphalium canescens) a locally native plant that's not only pretty but is an important habitat plant. Read more about it at: