Why should Californians use native plants for their residential landscapes? The reasons are almost endless according to ecologist Ellen Mackey.
Detailed and colorful presenation making the case for using native plants rather than non-native plants. The presentation covers how to select, plant, use and maintain native plants in the landscape. The presentation covers the rationale, planting plans and demonstration gardens as well as case studies of the cost of installation and maintenance.
Among the myths about native plants that Ellen dispels in the presentation:
- Hard to grow/persnickety – Adapted to local conditions (water, soil, weather)
- Look ugly/Not colorful
- Hard to find care info
- Don’t know how to design with them
- They’re weeds
(2006) PowerPoint presentation by Ellen Mackey Senior Ecologist with the Municipal Water District of Southern California and Los Angeles & San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council.