The Buena Vista Native Plant Club was formed to support a $70,000 grant that was given to the City of Oceanside and the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center. The grant is funded by the Metropolitan Water District, which is promoting lower water use through native and drought tolerant landscaping. The City, Audubon, and the Fish&Game Department joined forces for an opportunity to showcase natives as the landscape of choice. The site has been divided into 4 main gardens: two were designed and installed by the The Buena Vista Native Plant Club (us!) and two were designed and installed by the City. Overall, it has been a very collaborative effort.
The Buena Vista Native Plant Club is now a recognized resource for north county native plant gardeners. We continue to meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month at the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside.
What is a Native Plant Garden?
Our coastal hillsides are covered with plants that some people call weeds, but anyone who takes time to learn about these "weeds" soon finds a vast number of attractive and interesting native species that would make great additions to their gardens. San Diego Coastal Sage Scrub rivals the rainforest for the diversity of plant and animal life!
The BVAS native plant garden is a small scale demonstration habitat that showcases these native species and increases our understanding of the world as we observe the web of life in action.
Native plants are those plants that have evolved here, not those introduced by man. When a plant has been introduced within the past few hundred years, the necessary adaptations haven't had time to occur. Often native species are lost as the new plant takes over. Pampas grass is an example of an introduced plant. It does not provide food or shelter and has destroyed native areas.
Isn't it Hard to Maintain?
Native plant gardens are easier to maintain than ornamental gardens once you understand them. The plants rest during Summer/Fall and grow in Winter. If native plants are watered in the late summer, the dormant season is interrupted and harmful bugs and microbes continue to multiply. It is best to let the garden dry out for one month during August. The growing season starts with the rains in October. Pruning is twice a year in January and August.
The California Landscape Garden:
'ECOLOGY, CULTURE AND DESIGN'
By Mark Fransis and Andreas Reiman
Growing California Native Plants:
By Marjorie Schmidt
Roadside Plants of Southern California:
By Thomas J. Belzer
Southern California Native Plant for School Gardens:
By Betsy Landis
California's Changing Landscape:
By Barbour et.al.
Additional Reference Sources
For more information, the following links will guide you in the right directions...
California Native Plant Club
San Diego chapter of CNPS
Moosa Creek Nursery
Tree of Life Nursery
California Invasive Plant Council
Las Pilitas Nursery
Want to Donate Equipment?
Have extra gardening supplies that you don't need anymore? We would love to have it! Here is what we need:
- Hand trowels (huge need)
- Wheel barrow
- Push broom
- New hoses
- Buckets that don't leak
Please only donate tools that are nearly new or "gently used"
Need Professional Help?
Here is contact info for the native plant landscape designers who volunteered at our native plant tour. Everyone on this list is well known and very capable with native plants.
Nathan Smith Landscape Design
315 S. Coast Hwy 101 Suite U #48
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 707 7089
858 234 2668
Burkhart Environmental Consulting
Ocean Sage Landscaping Encinitas
Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring
Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049
Tuesday 10 am-4 pm
Wednesday 10 am-4 pm
Thursday 10 am-4 pm
Friday 10 am-4 pm
Saturday 10 am-4 pm