July Events - DIR Workshops 2015

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Replace Your Lawn: Designer in Residence Workshop Series this July

All Saturday Workshop times are 9:30 am. Join us for these informative workshops!

Saturday July 11, 2015
Design with Plant Communities in Mind with DIR Josh LinkJosh Link
Come learn how you can use naturally occurring plant communities in your yard to create a functional and authentic native California garden. Designer in Residence Josh Link will cover several different plant communities, highlighting appropriate locations and conditions for each community, as well as the common plant species found there. Understanding your local plant community provides a logical foundation from which to start selecting the ideal plants for your garden. By choosing appropriate and thoughtfully grouped plants, you will ensure a cohesive garden theme that will look coordinated and will also thrive for years to come.

Rob MooreSaturday July 18, 2015
Know Before You Go (Buy Plants) with DIR Rob Moore
Designer in Residence Rob Moore will be covering the basics of what you need to know before you start buying plants for your yard. Topics will include knowing your site such as soil type, sunlight, and micro habitats. He will also give an overview of site prep such as measuring your yard, hardscaping, irrigation, and of course turf removal. Join us for an informative talk that will be guided by questions that you bring!

Saturday July 25, 2015Rama Nayeri
Turf Rebate Do's and Don'ts with DIR Rama Nayeri
Designer in Residence Rama Nayeri will be speaking about the Do’s and Dont’s of Turf Rebates. Join us and find out what you need to know before you apply for your turf removal rebate. We’ll get your questions and concerns answered so you can take full advantage of your rebate while planting a beautiful native garden that will thrive for years to come. Come join the conversation and learn more to cash in on the many incentives available to help you convert your lawn to a garden.

Susan TrindleSaturday August 1, 2015
Has Lush Left California? No! with DIR Susan Trindle
With the on-going drought and increasing removal of lawns and water hungry yards, it is easy to think that lush landscapes have left California. We, however, disagree! Join Designer in Residence Susan Trindle as she debunks this misconception about low water use gardens. She will highlight native plants that you can use to turn your garden into a lush, California native paradise for you to enjoy as a sanctuary!

The "Replace Your Lawn" (RYL) Workshop series will repeat this August!

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2015 14:43

New and Updated Sage Advice Articles

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Sage Advice...

sage advice thumbnailAt Tree of Life Native Nursery we always hope to provide helpful and timely information for you to answer your native plant questions and guide you in your California garden aspirations. Sage Advice articles are available round-the-clock and may help to answer some common questions. Our Sage Advice articles are one to two page information sheets in PDF format about specific native landscaping topics. They are available for download and distribution anytime and they have been written to help orient newcomers to native plants to important themes and topics. Many Sage Advice articles include plant lists organized by themes, such as: Plants to Attract Hummingbirds, Plants for Shade, Top Ten Natives and Groundcover Native Plants. Click here to browse all of the Sage Advice PDFs available for download.

We are currently re-working and updating some of the Sage Advice articles that have been used by gardeners for years and we’re adding a few new suggestions and additional pictures to help you visualize some of the material.

Current updates include:

icon Easy Summer Planting
icon How to water your native plants
icon Natives for Screens
icon Native Groundcovers
icon Native Plants for Slope Planting

As you peruse the available pages, if you find yourself wishing you had a Sage Advice for a specific garden topic, drop us a note at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We’re always available to answer questions that you have, and maybe you’ll even get a Sage Advice write up in your honor!

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 14:59

Summer Hours & July Events

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Summer Saturdays July-September:
Tree of Life Nursery Hours CHANGE

The change results in reduced hours on Saturdays: Open 8 AM - 1 PM in July, August and September. We will continue to be open our regular week-day hours, Monday through Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM.

In summary, July-August
Summer Hours:

M-F 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 1:00PM

The best season for planting California natives is during the cool rainy (?) months, fall through spring. We think planting season officially opens on October 15. Unless you are on the immediate coast, planting in shade, or you absolutely have to do it, and are prepared to take precautionary measures, we encourage you to not plant.

You can do other stuff in summer; go to the beach, read a book, take a hike, plan your garden, build all the hardscape features, prepare your soil, cook a barbeque, play bocce or (even) horseshoes, take a roadtrip, learn a language, go fishing or surfing or for that matter surf fishing, go camping (even) with the kids, or depending on your location just tough it out. Need more ideas? Give us a call. Ask for our Summer Recreation Specialist. Ideally, plant fall through spring.

Replace Your Lawn (RYL) - Designer in Residence (DIR) Workshop Series this July. RYL How-To Series begins August 8 with RYL I: Kill the Grass.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2015 14:09

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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