Landscaping for the Future

Saturday -Sunday, April 2-3, 2016

Flowering cactus photoCome tour twenty native plant gardens in eastern San Diego, the El Cajon Valley, and the surrounding foothills. Get inspired, then learn how to save water and create beauty at our Sustainable Gardening Showcase.

This year we look east as a way of looking ahead to the more variable weather conditions that we are already starting to experience. See how well native plants adapt to hotter days and colder nights than we presently encounter nearer  the coast. Our featured gardens demonstrate how native plant landscaping provides year-round beauty, promotes birds and other wildlife, and integrates easily with other garden uses.

Your yard doesn’t need to look like a desert or a moonscape to save water!

Fall in love with gorgeous gardensGarden with stones photo

Each landscape embodies Southern California outdoor living in a unique and personal way.

Using designs centered on native California plants, all take far less water, effort, and money than conventional gardens and lawns.  In fact, our gardens use anywhere from 25% to 100% less water than conventional gardens!

Knowledgeable docents and enthusiastic garden owners aid your self-guided experience with helpful tips and inside stories.

Get ideas about other conservation measures

IMG_7441Many of our gardeners are pioneers in the movement toward a more sustainable lifestyle.

Homes on the tour include:

  • Edible gardens
  • Rain water storage
  • Graywater systems
  • Turf replacement
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Animal husbandry

A Sense of Place

The Garden Native Tour represents all regions of western San Diego County on a rotating basis. In 2016, we highlight:IMG_2104

  • Rolando and the College area
  • La Mesa
  • El Cajon
  • Mission Gorge and Santee
  • Jamul
  • Foothills


Promote the health and well-being of all

We strive to help people like you make great landscape choices. Your choices can lead to cleaner oceans, healthier soils, more birds, and stronger pollinators.

Proceeds from the Garden Native tour support the California Native Plant Society’s conservation, outreach, and education programs. To learn more, contact David at


Garden Native Tour — 3 Comments

  1. FYI the City of La Mesa has also installed several Native (Community Center)and Succulent gardens (City Hall and Date Ave). The La Mesa Blvd “Walk of Stars” (next to 8344 La Mesa Blvd) has Demostration Gardens with maps available. Just in case you want to add to the La Mesa Tour.

  2. I’m looking forward to once again being a docent. I am also working towards my garden being included in the future. It just takes time!

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