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May/June Events at Tree of Life Nursery!

kerkhoff paintingExciting events in May and June 2015 at Tree of Life Nursery! This May, we will have Design Workshops, “Desert & Baja Day,” and Habitat Gardening Talks. In June we will, once again, have our Replace Your Lawn Workshop Series. We hope you will join us!

Saturday May 9, 2015
Desert Day & Baja Extravaganza!

We’re featuring Desert and Baja California plants that are the ideal summer-blooming addition to your California Native Garden

All day - Art Show

On display and for sale, wonderful desert plein aire paintings by Mark Kerkhoff. Read more about Mark here.

mss plant guide cover9:30 AM - Guest Lectures by Jim Riley and Sula Vanderplank
Baja Desert Experts and Authors of: The Plant Guide: Maritime Succulent Scrub Region, Northwest Baja California, (to be published this Spring)

1:30 PM - Speaker, Tree of Life Nursery President: Mike Evans
Desert Landscape in Miniature
Observe and learn how to make a "desert bonsai" using a planter bowl or shallow pot in the bonsai tradition. We will match the pot to desert plant species, rocks, pebbles and sand top dress, dry branches or burls and other natural features. The finished pot will exemplify a miniature desert scene that will grow and thrive in the pot for many years to come.

More details about our upcoming Desert Day can be found here including bios on our esteemed guest speakers and information about the forthcoming book.

leon lunchSaturday May 16, 2015
9:30 am - Guest Speaker, Butterfly Scholar Leon Baginski, M.D.
Native plants for native butterflies (and oh yeah moths! Don’t forget, moths are lepidoptera too!)
Join Dr. Leon Baginski as he shares the joys of habitat gardening. Native butterflies and moths are facing dwindling numbers due to habitat loss and degradation. Come learn how to make your garden a beautiful and welcoming environment for our native butterflies and moths. Dr. Leon will go over the native host and nectar plants that attract and support them so your garden can be a sanctuary for you and these beautiful beneficials.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 21:30

SMWD: SustainaBLUE Program

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Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) SustainaBLUE: Landscape Design Assistance Program

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APRIL 2015 - New Program Reimburses Santa Margarita Water District Customers $30 for Design Assistance provided by Tree of Life Nursery’s Designers in Residence.

SMWD customers can cash in on reimbursements for design consultations at Tree of Life Nursery in addition to the MWDOC square foot rebate program, (more details on that program below). Now, SMWD customers can enjoy design assistance reimbursements through a simple and straightforward process in order to help you more easily convert that turf into SustainaBLUE landscaping. The City of San Clemente Water District offers a similar reimbursement through their pilot program, which has been available since last August. More details on that program here.

OC Water SmartAs mentioned above, almost any Orange County resident can partake in the Municipal Water District of Orange County, (MWDOC) rebate for new projects removing turf and replacing with water efficient landscaping. The MWDOC rebate may be applied for and used in addition to the Design Assistance Rebate offered by SMWD. Please note that you must apply for the lawn removal rebate with MWDOC BEFORE removing or killing your lawn. (Here’s the website for details on that rebate program.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:31

Avoid Traffic at Ortega Hwy!

Exit on Camino Capistrano if you're headed Northbound on I-5, or Juniperro Serra if you're headed Southbound to avoid congestion at the I-5/SR-74 (Ortega Highway) interchange. Please see our article for information HERE. Or, DOT official information HERE.


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