Introduction to the Principles of Native Plant Gardening
- Alejandro Lemus
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- January 13, 2024
- 8:30AM - 10:30AM
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Come out and learn all about the basics of habitat gardening with native plants. For a native plant garden to flourish, it is important to assess your site conditions to make well-informed planting choices. In this class, Alejandro Lemus, Horticultural Educator, will cover how to assess garden conditions, general design principles, and will include a walk through the Garden for participants to start to think about what native plants could work in their spaces. The class will conclude at the Garden’s retail nursery where participants will practice what they have learned about plant selection. Participants will be indoors for the first part of the class followed by outdoor instruction time – we highly recommend participants wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and bring sun protection and a water bottle.
Participants will be indoors for the first part of the class followed by outdoor instruction time – we highly recommend participants wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring sun protection and a water bottle.
This is an Introductory class in the Garden’s Horticulture Class schedule. Classes in the introductory track are geared towards the gardener interested in learning about native plants. These classes introduce participants to California native plants and their benefits. Classes in this track also will introduce participants to the principles of site assessment and plant selection, introductory native plant irrigation and maintenance, and how native plants can be used to build habitat in urban spaces.
Pricing and registration:
Garden Members: $25
General Public: $40
Registration is required.
About the Instructor:
Alejandro Lemus was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has experience working in habitat restoration, horticulture and education. As the Garden’s Horticultural Educator, Alejandro develops and implements horticulture programming for professional landscapers and residential gardeners. Having spent many years working in propagation and retail nurseries, Alejandro is passionate about growing native plants for conservation and informing the public of the benefits and beauty of habitat gardening.