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Rare, Threatened and Endangered Plants of Upper Newport Bay

Ron Vanderhoff, Orange County CA Native Plant Society Most everyone reading this already knows of the incredible botanical treasure that Upper Newport Bay is. Orange County, an area of over 500,000 acres, has about 1435 recorded wildland plant species, of which about 890 are native. Upper Newport Bay, at about only about 1,000 acres [...]

2019-05-28T12:29:41-08:00By |Gardening|0 Comments

A Trip to an Industry Leading Nursery

Ask anyone who regularly shops for plants and I can guarantee they are familiar with the Monrovia Green Pot. This branding has helped separate them from the rest of growers. However, after touring their 600+ acre nursery in Visalia, California, their branded green pot is not the only thing that makes Monrovia Nursery the [...]

2019-05-22T09:27:21-08:00By |Gardening|0 Comments

What is Milkweed and How Do You Care for It?

Milkweed is the host plant for the monarch butterfly. As a host plant, it provides the monarch larvae and adult butterflies with a food source. Milkweed belongs to the genus Asclepias, which has many different species spread out through America and Mexico. Asclepias line the migration path for these butterflies as they travel back and [...]

Designing with Succulents

Succulents and cactus have experienced a surge in popularity over the last few years, and for good reason. Their colorful, unique shaped foliage looks good year round – no flowers necessary.  They grow large and small so it’s easy to find one that will fit happily into the smallest pot, or grow up into a [...]

3” of Mulch Saves 30% of Water

From the productive valley of central California, to the consistent temperatures of Orange County, California has always made gardening easier on us. Now, it is time to make gardening easier for California. Applying three inches of a shredded bark mulch can provide many benefits to the landscape. [su_spacer size=”10″][su_spacer][su_spacer size=”10″][su_spacer][/su_spacer] […]

CA Friendly® Gardening Solutions | Creating a California Friendly® Garden

I’m convinced – gardeners love the outdoors, love nature and love the earth more than most people. That’s why we garden, to be closer to nature. So when it’s time to make decisions about the plants to place into their gardens these folks are increasingly weighing things like water needs and climate suitability. Gardeners are asking [...]

Great California Native Plants

California is home to a lot of unique plants that we can all enjoy for many reasons. One of the most enjoyable aspects of a native garden is the overwhelming scents and flavors of our native plants. Sometimes you might have to lean in close to smell them and sometimes [...]

Lawn to California Friendly Landscape in 11 Steps by Ron Vanderhoff

Fifteen years ago Roger’s Gardens was surrounded by lush lawns, lots of them. Times change and so do landscapes. In August of 2015 we took on the ambitious project of removing the last remnant of our lawns. Completing the last leg of a project that we began over ten years ago, we uprooted the water-thirsty [...]

CA Friendly® Gardening Solutions | A Beautiful Garden using Less Water with Ron Vanderhoff & Tracy Wankner

How can you have a beautiful garden, but with considerably less water? Tracy Wankner and Ron Vanderhoff, long-time water conservation experts, will explain numerous easy, practical and effective techniques on conserving water in your garden, including plant choices, turf considerations,hydro-zones, surface mulching, sprinkler technology, controllers and settings, irrigation efficiency, surface applications, soak cycles, and more. [...]

CA Friendly Gardening Solutions | Fitting in with the Jones’s, but Without a Lawn by Ron Vanderhoff

A couple of days ago, I received a question from a gardener, Christian in Newport Beach, that I think summarizes how a lot of homeowners might be feeling right now. Christian writes, “I want to get rid of my lawn completely; I’m tired of watering, fertilizing and mowing it. Also, I know that we are going into [...]