For locals in Southern California’s Inland Empire — I’m giving a talk on Thursday, January 16th in Redlands CA entitled “From Lawn to Habitat Garden – A 10 Year Experience in Going Native”
The Details…. When: Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7:00 pm Where: Church of the Nazarene, 1307 E. Citrus Avenue, Redlands, CA (Redlands Horticulture & Improvement Society meeting)
What: I’ve written a lot on this blog and for local papers about transitioning our former front lawn to a mostly California native plant habitat oasis. In fall 2008, we moved into a nearly foreclosed home, where the former owner shut off the irrigation during the hot summer months, effectively killing the lawn.
While my husband and I worried about the trees on the property — which we promptly deeply watered — we smiled inside that the lawn was dead. A few months after moving in we manually removed the dead lawn, and chose California natives for replacements.
Primarily planted for the water savings, the resulting habitat haven for so many beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife has surprised us. Please come to hear more (or for non-locals – click on the category “Going Native” for more articles.)