• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Native Plant Landscaping Without Embarrassing Your Kids and Neighbors

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California native irises are one of many California native plants that can be successfully grown in this area, and are a colorful addition to home landscapes.
Courtesy of Matilija Nursery

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News Release Date: September 29, 2009
Contact: Visitor Center, 805-370-2301

Saturday, October 3, 2009

2 pm

Visitor Center

 

Say goodbye to dusty, scraggly, sparse gardens, and hello to a vibrant native plant landscaping plan.  On Saturday, October 3, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, in partnership with Bob Sussman, owner of Matilija Nursery, presents a class on successful native plant landscaping.  Native plants require less water and are beneficial to the Santa Monica Mountains ecosystem.  Many gardeners find it useful to gather a few native plant ideas and prepare for the gardening year ahead by creating a native landscaping plan for the home garden. 

This is the 4th annual fall presentation on native plant and gardening tips.  Class participants will receive many handouts on native plant gardening, as well as coupons for Matilija Nursery’s fall sale.  Matilija Nursery is located in Moorpark and grows plants native to California.  A special section on the presentation will highlight native California irises and how to incorporate them into a garden plan. 

Join us for this annual event, meet neighbors also interested in native landscaping, and come away with exciting gardening plans for the upcoming growing season. 

This is a free program. Visitors are encouraged to come early so they can browse books on native plant gardening available at the park’s bookstore. For any questions please call 805-370-2301, or get a free “Outdoors” schedule on line at www.nps.gov/samo.

Directions to the event:

The National Park Service Visitor Center is located at 401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. From the Ventura Freeway (101) take the Lynn Rd exit. North on Lynn Rd. Right on Hillcrest Drive. Left on McCloud Ave. Turn into first driveway on the right. Follow road to parking area. Walk down stairs or take elevator down to the Visitor Center. Signs will direct you to the lecture room.

Did You Know?

The city of Los Angeles can be seen from many scenic view points in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Comprising 153,075 acres, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the world's largest urban national park. It has more area codes (5) and zip codes (26), including the notable 90210 zip code of Beverly Hills, than any other unit in the National Park System.