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GOING WILD WITH NATIVES: CNPS San Diego Native Plant Sale Oct 15 - Get Ready!

By Susan Lewitt, for Let’s Talk Plants! September 2022.

Native Plant Event 2021, Photo courtesy of CNPS SD.

CNPS San Diego Native Plant Sale Oct 15 - Get Ready!

To help San Diego reach the 30x30 goal (protecting 30% of our area by 2030), the California Native Plant Society will be holding a delightful native plant sale on October 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with many easy to grow natives that will spruce up your landscape. Our popular CNPS Fall Plant Sale is a great way to see native plants up close, talk to our native plant experts and purchase a wide variety of native plants for your landscape! The sale will be in Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado Courtyard, adjacent to the Casa del Prado theater, located at 1700 Village Place.

Ceanothus tomentosus Photo by Margaret L. Fillius.

Are you planning to install a native garden or thinking of adding native plants to your existing garden this fall?

Now is the time to remove weeds and turf, research native plants and make your plant list. There will be a list of available native plants on our website to help you make selections. To find information on native plants here are some useful links:

Calscape, Restore Nature One Garden at a Time

Come browse through the many native California species and cultivars. This will include native shade trees, native waterwise shrubs, native seasonal flowers, native bunch grasses, bee friendly native ground covers, and native succulents. An open-air garden market will have local and state sourced seeds and bulbs and books for all ages. There will also be botanical shirts, and hats to show off your love of native plants.

To make things more convenient, curbside loading and secure holding areas will be available. Gardening experts will also help you with answers to any questions you may have, such as, “Will this shrub make my pool look bigger?” or “Will this plant do well under my Eucalyptus tree?”

This sale is open to the public and CNPS members receive a discount. Please remember that when you plant California native plants you support the health of our community by enhancing and helping stabilize our biodiversity. You will also get more birds, butterflies and other pollinators. For more information on native plants and the plant sale, please visit California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter ( Also, this column in October will have further information on the plant sale.

Buckwheat. Photo by Susan Lewitt.

Are you planning to come to the plant sale?

Why not consider volunteering to help? You do not need to know the plants, and you will probably learn a lot while you are volunteering. Volunteers are needed for set up on October 14 and the sale on October 15 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Balboa Park Casa del Prado courtyard. All volunteers will receive special perks and discounts in appreciation for their work. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Jasmine Duran at Make your plans. Make a plant list. Come volunteer and learn!

Ceanothus Ray Hartman, Hybrid California Lilac. Photo by Susan Lewitt.

Open Call for 2023 CNPS San Diego Spring Native Garden tour:

Do you already have established California native plants in your garden? Share your native garden journey on the 9th Annual 2023 Spring Native Garden Tour. We are looking for beautiful gardens planted with at least 70% California natives local to San Diego County.

We are especially interested in native gardens located near each other. Do you know a neighbor or friend with a native garden? Please encourage them to apply as well! Applications are being accepted now through September 30th, 2022 at this link: CNPS 2023 Garden Tour Application For more information contact Christine Hoey at


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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