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GOING WILD WITH NATIVES: Annual Native Garden Tour East San Diego County This April

“Circling Back to Nature”, California Native Gardens of East San Diego County

By Susan Lewitt, for Let's Talk Plants! March 2022.

Feast your senses at the CNPS-SD East County Native Garden Tour.
On Saturday, April 9th from 9am to 4pm you will be able to feast your senses on California’s wonders of nature.

The California Native Plant Society, San Diego Chapter (CNPS-SD) will be presenting an East County California Native Garden tour.

Exploring these gardens will give you the sense of a diversity of habitats with many features including dry streambeds, pool to pond conversions, water catchment devices, slope gardens, bridges, sculptures and other enchanting water features. The area covered includes Mount Helix/La Mesa, Allied Gardens and Santee. There will be five private gardens to wander through, seven front yard inspirational (FYI) gardens, and two public native gardens. At each private garden there will be docents, owners, and designers, who will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Docent guided tours, educational talks, CNPS chapter book & seeds sales, and Moosa Creek native plant sales will be featured at the Water Conservation Garden.

Tickets are currently on sale at or and will be $30 per person until April 8th. There will also be tickets for sale the day of the tour, April 9th, for $35 per person at the Water Conservation Garden check in hub. Look for the ‘Going Wild with Natives’ April article for more information on some of the special features of this beautiful garden tour, and the plants that work with them.


Susan Lewitt is a member of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), participating in their Native Gardening Committee, and their Conservation Committee.


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