Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Channel Islands chapter of the CNPS are held the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm PST . We mostly meet via Zoom and sometimes meet in person, alternating between Santa Barbara and Ventura sites.

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Monthly Meeting May 21st, 7pm on Zoom:—Guest Speaker Alejandro Lemus of Santa Barbara Botnic Garden will discuss Native Plants for the Landscape

As we move into a warmer time of year, now is the time to consider removing that lawn and planning the native plant garden of your dreams. It’s time to phase out that lawn and welcome native plant habitat. Learn about Alejandro’s favorite native plants for creating habitat for insect friends and cheerful birds. Looking for native plants made of steel? Alejandro has got you covered. Looking for native plants that will bloom year-round? Alejandro has a trick or two. Looking for ways to keep that woolly blue curls (Trichostema lanatum) happy? Alejandro also has the same question, but is excited to put our heads together to talk and have fun with native plant horticulture!

Alejandro Lemus holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. After graduating in 2018, Alejandro worked as a stewardship technician on the Palos Verdes Peninsula down in Los Angeles County working on habitat restoration and conservation projects. After discovering a love for the native plant nursery and propagation, Alejandro spent years working at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, a non-profit retail nursery and education center. During his time there, Alejandro worked in the nursery educating the public on the benefits of native plant gardening, served as an instructor for the California Native Plant Landscaper Certification, and propagated plants for the retail nursery, living collections, and contracts. Currently, Alejandro works at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden as the Horticultural Educator. In this role, Alejandro is excited to continue sharing his love for California’s diverse flora and empowering landscapers to work with native plants.