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More Californians are choosing to use native plants in their gardens and understanding how to make successful native plant gardens can provide a unique niche in the industry. Native plants have a beauty unique to California, are climate-conscious, and provide invaluable habitat for the butterflies, birds, and other wildlife that share our home. Planting California natives can also help save water, reduce maintenance and pesticide use, and invite beneficial pollinators. Learn how to choose the best native plants for your project's success, how to source them, and some design suggestions and considerations.
1. How to choose appropriate native plants for the landscape
2. Sourcing native plants
3. Design considerations
Ann-Marie Benz is the Horticulture Outreach Manager for CNPS, where she gets to spend her days supporting native plant communities and their people. She has spent a decade and a half serving landscapes and watersheds with nonprofits in California and Arizona. She holds a deep passion for plants and landscapes, having served as the Executive Director of ReScape California, a nonprofit educating the large-scale landscape industry throughout Northern California on planning, constructing, and maintaining sustainable landscape. Prior to that she was with Prescott Creeks doing watershed planning and riparian restoration in Northern Arizona. Ann-Marie studied Watershed Management and Sustainable Community Development at Prescott College. Much of this work was driven by a childhood without a watershed, but with a diversity of plant and wildlife.