Restore a sense of place
While California’s native plants have graced gardens worldwide for over a century, few of the landscapes designed for our state’s gardens, parkways, and recreational areas reflect the natural splendor of our extraordinary state. By gardening with native plants, you can bring the beauty of California into your own landscape, enjoy numerous benefits, and help preserve our local ecosystems.
California is home to nearly 7,000 plants – many found no where else in the world!
Why garden with natives?
Biodiversity hot spot
The California floristic province is one of only 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world, and is the only one in North America.
California’s wildlife has evolved in conjunction with our native plant species, which means they need them to survive!
Urban gardens planted with California natives can provide an important “bridge” to nearby wildlands.