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TOMORROW! 7 April, 2018 – Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale

April 6, 2018

Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 9 am – 4 pm
Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, CA 91436

Native insects and birds love native plants (Roxie Seider 10-29-16)

The annual Wildflower Show of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is scheduled for April 7, 2018 at the Sepulveda Garden Center in conjunction with a simultaneous Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, plant and book sale. The Symposium will feature speakers throughout the day. Plants for sale will be available courtesy of our Symposium partner, the Theodore Payne Foundation. We welcome California native wildflower cuttings from your home gardens.

Website: Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mtns. Chapter of California Native Plant Society

The Symposium will feature the following speakers:

Scott Logan
The Gottlieb Native Garden: “A Closer Look” (10:00am – 11:30am)

Created by Susan and Dan Gottlieb over 20 years ago, the Gottlieb Native Garden is living proof of the rich environment a California native garden can create. Located in Beverly Hills, this established native garden is now a coveted site for ongoing scientific and photographic ​research ​studies. Please join Scott Logan as he takes us on a multimedia tour of some on-going projects, see first-hand how information is collected by universities and enjoy the beauty of wildlife being documented through photography.

Raised in Los Angeles, Scott Logan has been a nature lover since childhood and knows our native wildlife intimately, with birds always being the focus of his attention. Scott is a co-owner of Wild Wings Ecology located in Sherman Oaks. Working closely with Susan Gottlieb, he is also the naturalist for The Gottlieb Native Garden. Whether educating communities in the ways of nature, reviewing someone’s yard or leading a bird walk, he is always ready to help connect enthusiasts to the wildlife that thrives in Southern California.

Carol Armour Aronson
How to Design Your Own Native Garden (12:00pm – 1:30pm)

The must know basics of how to design and execute your own California Native Garden. Native plants are beautiful and many are easy to grow once you learn these tips.

Carol Armour Aronson is a Los Angeles based landscape designer specializing in California native gardens, drought tolerant landscapes, irrigation and LED landscape lighting.
She often teaches seminars on native plant design and irrigation at the Theodore Payne Foundation. She currently serves on the board of the Southern California Horticultural Society. Her Company, Seco Verde, Inc. has received the La Canada Valley Beautiful Award for landscape design.

Michael Wilken-Robertson
Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias (2:00pm – 3:30pm)

For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay people of northern Baja California and southern California made their homes in the diverse landscapes of the region, interacting with native plants and continuously refining their botanical knowledge. Today, many Kumeyaay Indians in the far-flung ranches of Baja California carry on the traditional knowledge and skills for transforming native plants into food, medicine, arts, tools, regalia, construction materials, and ceremonial items. Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias explores the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias through in-depth descriptions of 47 native plants and their uses, lively narratives, and hundreds of vivid photographs. It connects the archaeological and historical record with living cultures and native plant specialists who share their ever-relevant wisdom for future generations. Author and anthropologist Michael Wilken-Robertson, whose advocacy and applied research have allowed him to develop lifelong friendships with many Native Baja Californians, will share some of his experiences behind the book.

Michael Wilken-Robertson’s fascination with native plants and the natural landscapes of the Californias has inspired him to explore the many ways that humans have interacted with their environments, from the ancient past into the present. His research and advocacy work with Native Baja Californians has explored traditional arts, ethnobotany, history, languages, and cultural landscapes of the indigenous peoples of the northern Baja California region. Michael currently teaches in the anthropology department at California State University, San Marcos. His book will be available for purchase and signing.

We welcome California native wildflower cuttings from your gardens for display in the wildflower show. Contact Snowdy Dodson at or at 818-782-9346 for details. Please deliver your cuttings to the Sepulveda Garden Center for set up on the morning of Friday, April 6.

For more info about the California Native Plant Society visit Find the website for the L A / Santa Monica Mountains Chapter of CNPS at The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants Inc. is located at 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley 91352. Visit them at or call 818-768-1802.
Copied from the LANPS website
[Chuck Almdale]

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