Find a Native Plant Sale Near You

Find a Native Plant Sale Near You

Readers outside Southern California – please google ‘native plant society’ and your state -there should be a website and a list of plant sales.

Fall through winter are the best times to plant natives because the roots have time to get established before the heat begins. Lucky for us consumers in Southern California, a bunch of upcoming plant sales make it easy to find a large selection of natives.

Big Berry Manzanita, one of numerous manzanitas available

If you’re wondering why to consider native plants in your landscaping, here are the reasons I’ve discovered:

  • Save on your water bill – one study shows a 66% reduction with native landscaping versus grass.
  • Attract bees, butterflies and birds, all which have evolved with these plants
  • Survival rates are high – natives, especially ones native to your particular area, have adapted the unique climate in Southern California. Inland we especially have very hot and dry summers and cold winters that make growing plants difficult
  • Color year-round: With proper plant selection, the wide variety of natives and their hybrids available today offer color year-round (the experts available at these sales can help you)

 Upcoming plant sales in Southern California:

 Saturday, October 27, 2012

California Native Plant Sale – 9am-4pm

Tree of Life Nursery, 33201 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano CA 92675

More info: Tree of Life Nursery has an amazing selection of beautiful natives, and will have talks on growing natives. Their website – has an excellent native plant catalog to look up recommended growing conditions. Tree of Life Nursery runs year-round.


October 27 and October 28

Los Angeles CNPS Native Plant Sale – 10am-4pm

Ray Hartman ceanothus (wild lilac) blooms

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino CA 91406

More info: 1000 plants of over 50 California native species, including Theodore Payne Foundation wildflower mixes. California Native Plant Society (CNPS) plant experts are available to assist you.


November 3:

Fall Planting Festival  (Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden) 10 am-4 pm (members only 8-10 am)

1500 N. College Road, Claremont CA 91711

More info: This long-running annual plant sales offers a dizzying number of native plants, many propagated from the Garden collections, with expert

advice available. Also, admission to the garden is free (normally $8) this day, gourmet food trucks, music and a beer garden. Discounts for RSABG members


November 3:

The Best Little Native Plant Sale in San Diego County (Back Country Land Trust)

8:30am-11:30am with a plant talk 8:30-9 am

Joan MacQueen Middle School, 2001 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901

More info: this small but excellent selection of native plants is preceded by an 8:30 talk prior to the 9 am sale that reviews the characteristics of each native for sale.


November 10:

Fall Native Plant Sale, LA County- 9am-2pm

Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107

More info: Good variety of reasonably priced natives for the LA Basin landscapes.  CNPS Chapter members can help answer questions, discounts available.


One of my favorite plant sale purchases – flannel bush or fremontia –

November 10:

Native Plant Sale 9 am – 3pm

Western Western Municipal Water District- Landscapes Southern CA Style Demonstration Garden, 450 Alessandro Blvd. Riverside, CA 92508

More info: This is another large selection of plants, with experts available to help you. Go see the demonstration garden for ideas prior to the sale. Discounts and prizes for new or renewing CNPS members.

About Linda Richards

My goal is to educate about the science of nature in layperson speak, through my writing, science and education background. I grew up in the Chicago area, loved living in Minneapolis before gravitating to the West, which is now home.


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