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“Fortunately, Ned was invited to a surprise party.
Unfortunately, the party was a thousand miles away.
Fortunately, a friend loaned Ned an airplane.
Unfortunately, the motor exploded.
Fortunately, there was a parachute in the airplane.”
And it continues like this in a memorable do si do of good fortune being followed by less good fortune being followed by good fortune in the journey of this young man trying to make it to a birthday party – which turns out to be his own. PHOTO: California is home to a remarkable number of climate adapted plants. Unfortunately, this can be daunting and confusing when considering which ones to try in your home garden. Fortunately, California has plants native to almost every style, exposure and soil type.
It doesn’t take even young children long to see the deeper wisdom applicable to most of life is this balanced perspective– a very simple version of yin & yang.
This concept has come to mind recently as I walk the streets of my suburban neighborhood looking at and wondering about the rationales behind the various colors of lawns and landscapes: one has a completely dead front lawn and dying trees and shrubs, another is lightly dry – the grass dormant with only intermittent water, another still deep green. Another is almost white it is so dry, but a newly installed irrigation system is running to encircle just the large trees and shrubs and they are healthy and vibrant above the no-longer a lawn. As I walk, I think: Fortunately plants have a tendency to clothe the planet, unfortunately there is a serious drought where we live, fortunately this has made people think and be more intentional about what plants they are willing to spend their precious (and now more costly) water allotment on, unfortunately, sometimes they just stop spending their water allotment rather than thinking it all the way through purposefully – choosing to protect or to remove their larger trees and plants. But you can never be sure what goes on between a garden and its gardener, can you? And perhaps with the new (enforced) awareness of just how water-dependent lawn is, people who did not know what else to do are beginning to learn more. PHOTO: Not all California native plants will survive extended drought – there are many good wetland and riparian natives that need regular water to survive and thrive.
Fortunately – there are resources to help us. One of them is our California Native Plant Society. The statewide organization and its programs and website, as well as its regional chapters are rich with information on good climate-adapted native plants.
Coming up this weekend in Redding and Chico and again in October, statewide CNPS has partnered with other organizations to plan and implement a series of expert-led, free-to the public half-day workshops on the step-by-step process of removing unwanted lawn and replacing it with climate adapted, native plants, as well as how to irrigate them and care for them long-term.
CNPS Education Program
Statewide Ditch your Lawn! Workshops
Save water during the drought by replacing your lawn with beautiful native plants!
CNPS is partnering with organizations around the state to offer Ditch your Lawn! workshops, which will teach homeowners how to kill their thirsty lawns and replace them with beautiful, water-saving native plant gardens. Well-chosen California natives can use up to 75% less water than traditional turf lawns, while creating welcome natural habitats for local birds and butterflies. Participants will learn step-by-step how to plan a new native plant garden, remove existing lawn, install new native plants, and maintain them for years to come.
Sacramento, Redding, Chico, and Modesto
(Summer and Fall 2015)
Questions? Contact Becky Reilly, CNPS Events Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 447-2677 x207.
Simultaneously, CNPS has rolled out a great new element on their website called Calscape, an in-depth listing of native plants, where they grow exactly and what they need to thrive.
This is indeed fortunate, and its not even my birthday.
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In a North State Garden is a bi-weekly North State Public Radio and web-based program celebrating the art, craft and science of home gardening in Northern California and made possible in part by the Gateway Science Museum – Exploring the Natural History of the North State and on the campus of CSU, Chico. In a North State Garden is conceived, written, photographed and hosted by Jennifer Jewell – all rights reserved jewellgarden.com. In a North State Garden airs on Northstate Public Radio Saturday morning at 7:34 AM Pacific time and Sunday morning at 8:34 AM Pacific time, two times a month.