California Native Plants
Where to See California Natives (Central Valley, California Area)
The La Loma Native Garden This is a neighborhood demonstration garden with a fabulous website full of resources for learning about low water use native plants, and supporting pollinators. The garden is divided into sections including the following: Pollinator mounds, wildflower patch, bird habitat, ground-cover mound, succulent rock gardens, desert area, grass patches, wildflower and grass meadow, drybeds, meditation circle, and blue and white flower areas, and a vegetable garden. The garden is open to the public, and is a great place to bring the kids! https://sites.google.com/prod/view/lalomanativegarden
The Learning Landscape: A volunteer-maintained demonstration garden at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, located off Airport Way in Stockton, CA (2101 E. Earhart Ave, Suite 200 Stockton, 95206). This garden is open to the public year-round, and its six miniature landscapes—All-Stars, California Native, Edible, Foliage, Mediterranean, and Pollinator. All are designed to inspire and educate visitors. Plant specimens are labeled with both scientific and common names; informative signage explains the garden’s sustainable design elements and irrigation system. Visit the landscape on your own, or look for notice of our biannual public event: Open Garden Day, held in both the spring and fall. Contact: http://sjmastergardeners.ucanr.edu/CONTACT_US/
Blossom Hill Natives Nursery East of Oakdale, CA Ph: (209) 318-9011. Beautiful nursery with demonstration garden in country setting. Great place to visit with the family. Informative website with color photos and detailed information on each plant as well as basic native plant gardening information to help you get started. http://www.blossomhillnatives.com
Where to Buy CA Natives
Blossom Hill Natives Nursery In -person on public sale days or by appointment. Beautiful small nursery with demonstration garden located in a peaceful country setting east of Oakdale off Orange Blossom Rd at Hwy 108/120. Great place to visit with the family. Beginner friendly informative website with beautiful photographs and basic information on how to get started growing natives. This nursery specializes in natives suitable for Oakdale and surrounding areas. Ph: (209) 318-9011 http://www.blossomhillnatives.com/
Las Pilitas Nursery Extensive website providing in-depth information on California native plants for all of California. Online ordering. Physical nursery in Santa Margarita, CA. Call prior to visiting to confirm open hours: Ph: (805) 438-5992. https://www.laspilitas.com/
Calscape The Calscape search tool can be used to identify the plants native to your local area by entering an address or zip code. Each plant links to a list of nurseries that sell that plant.
To use the search tool, start here: https://calscape.org/
Questions About Growing Natives?
CNPS (California Native Plant Society) https://www.cnps.org/gardening
The fastest place to get an answer might be the CNPS Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/38417209275/?source_id=107058652664593
Want to dive deep into learning about natives? Las Pilitas is an industry leader, and provides an extensive collection of information on their website: https://www.laspilitas.com/