Native Gardening

Restoring nature one garden at a time


Photo credit: Peter Ronchetti

Our  urban green spaces in San Diego County  – gardens, balconies, commercial areas, and public parks – have a vast potential to support biodiversity. However, only native plants can support native animals such as our butterflies, bees, and birds, thereby building the foundation of the food web within these green spaces.

With this, the crucial role of native plant green spaces in our collaborative journey towards a sustainable future becomes apparent: Not only do these greenspaces sustain life, but they also serve as carbon sinks, create pleasant microclimates, support pollinators, and effectively manage water resources.

Through our combined efforts, we can create vibrant, biodiverse environments that benefit everyone – restoring nature, one garden at a time.

Our Outstanding Garden Team Projects

Photo credit: Silke Gathmann

Bird Park

Wildscaping Bird Park: CNPS San Diego’s Native Plant Habitat Garden Initiative

Photo credit: Christine Hoey

Del Mar Fair Garden

Our award-winning garden exhibit “Where Did the Water Go?” at the San Diego County Fair

Meet the Native Gardening Team

Join CNPS-San Diego’s Native Gardening Team!

Discover gardening opportunities, projects, and special events at our lively monthly meetings. Mark your calendars for the second Tuesday of each month (check the Calendar section for exceptions). Meetings rotate between private homes and public spaces, preceded by a delightful potluck dinner.

Don’t miss out on upcoming speaker webinars, thrilling volunteer opportunities, and more! Thank you for your interest in the Native Gardening Committee.

Join us today!
Photo credit: Christine Hoey

CNPS San Diego Native Garden Team has done an incredible job with the landscape here in Bird Park! We love how intentional and beautiful the design is. Whenever we sit on our favourite stone or walk the garden path, it brings us so much peace and keeps us in a positive mood all day long.


Yu with daughter Ocean

Explore CNPS State Resources for a Thriving Native Garden

Statewide information

Visit the state CNPS website for amazing resources on starting and caring for your garden.

Find local native plants

Find the perfect native plants for your garden in just 4 questions with our Calscape garden planner.

Bloom! California

This statewide campaign aims to increase native plant sales throughout our state’s built environment.