We work toward a world where all people understand the interconnectedness between all things and live in harmony with the natural world, and toward a California where people can see and experience native plants in many environments and habitats.


Our mission is to support the statewide CNPS goals of native plant conservation, broader public understanding and appreciation.  We will do this by building strategic alliances with partners and public entities, capitalizing on the dynamic relationship between garden development, education, communication, and conservation.


The accomplishment of this work requires us to conduct ourselves with integrity as individuals and in our relationships with the communities and the ecosystems of which we are a part.  This primary value encompasses the related values of equality, open access, honesty, respect, accountability, teamwork, partnership, communication, creativity, quality and professionalism.

Plummer's Mariposa Lily, Calochortus plummerae
Plummer’s Mariposa Lily, Calochortus plummerae

Why Native Plants?

California’s True Landscape

Native vegetation evolved to live with the local climate, soil types, and animals. This long process brings us several gardening advantages and helps give California its sense of place.

Save Water

Take advantage of water-conserving plants in your landscape. Once established, many native plants need minimal irrigation beyond normal rainfall. Saving water conserves a vital, limited resource and saves money, too.

Lower Maintenance

Low maintenance landscaping methods are a natural fit with native plants that are already adapted to the local environment. Look forward to less pruning, eliminating chemical fertilizer, and saving time.

Pesticide Freedom

Native plants have developed their own defenses against many pests and diseases. Since most pesticides kill indiscriminately, beneficial insects become collateral victims in the fight against pests. Eliminating pesticides lets natural pest control take over and keeps garden toxins out of our watersheds and ocean.

Invite Wildlife

Native plants, birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and interesting critters are “made for each other.” Research shows that native wildlife clearly prefers native plants. California’s wealth of insect pollinators can improve fruit set in your garden, while a variety of native insects and birds will keep your landscape free of mosquitos and plant-eating bugs.

Support Local Ecology

While creating native landscapes can never replace natural habitats lost to development, planting gardens, parks, and roadsides with California natives can provide a “bridge” to nearby remaining wildlands.

Adapted from CNPS Horticulture Brochure