Replace Your Lawn - April 2015

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Replace Your Lawn (RYL) Series begin March 28 and runs through April

The (fast becoming famous) Tree of Life Nursery (TOLN) Replace Your Lawn (RYL) with Native Plants Series covers the basics about killings and removing your water thirsty lawn and replacing it with California native plants. In this series, we discuss the process of replacing your lawn "from the ground, up!" covering design tips, care do's and don'ts, and we will provide plenty of inspiration about what to put in once the lawn is gone. Join us for the these free hour-long workshops on Saturdays starting March 28 and running through April.


These free workshops will be held SATURDAYS at 9:30am-10:30am, beginning March 28. No registration is necessary, please simply join us!

March 28 - RYL I: Kill the Grass, Speaker: Jeff Bohn
April 4 - RYL II: Design Elements, Speaker: Pat Overby
*April 11 - RYL III:
Choosing Plant Combinations - Spring Flowers!
*April 18 - RYL IV: Creating and Caring for Your Native Garden, Speaker: Mike Evans
April 25 - RYL V:
Inspirations - Tour of TOLN Native Gardens

*April 11 and 18 are part of California Native Plant Week! This year to celebrate, we have item give-aways and promotions throughout the week! Stay tuned for more details in your email and on Facebook. Read more to see the promotions available on April 11 and 18 after the jump.

Please read more for more details about these RYL workshops!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 15:24

Early May Events!

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May 2-3 is a big weekend in Orange County!

There is no shortage of events to help you begin or continue your native plant projects. Get out and see some gardens and get some valuable tips!

At Tree of Life Nursery....
workshopSaturday, May 2
9:30 AM "Pop-Up" Gardens: Native Plant Design Vignettes
Our Designer in Residence for the day - Joshua Link - will put together "pop-up" gardens using native plants. He will provide insightful design tips for a variety of site conditions and design goals that will help you make decisions about creating a native garden that saves water, looks beautiful and fits your desires. Join us!

Just Down the Street....
eco expo
Saturday and Sunday May 2 and 3,
9:00 AM-4:00PM - Eco-Garden Expo

3:00 pm - Mike Evans from Tree of Life Nursery speaking at this event.
Cost: FREE
Location: Los Rios Park, San Juan Capistrano
- Expert Landscape and Environmental Speakers
- Plants, Produce and Products
- Demonstration Garden and Artisan Crafts

All Over OC...occnps gdn tour website
Saturday May 2
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - California Native Plant Society Native Garden Tour

Cost: $10, Registration Opens April 11, CLICK HERE.

All Over Orange County, from northern OC (Brea) to South OC including Reata Park in San Juan Capistrano.

Exciting Details:
- Self-guided tour of California Native plant gardens
- Website for registration, also features detailed descriptions of each of the 14 gardens.
-Many of the gardens are home gardens featuring natives installed to replace lawn.
-Reata park is a large public passive park just down the street from the nursery planted almost entirely with native plants.
- Seeing the gardens in person will inspire you!

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 09:54

SMWD: SustainaBLUE Program

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Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) SustainaBLUE: Landscape Design Assistance Program

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APRIL 2015 - New Program Reimburses Santa Margarita Water District Customers $30 for Design Assistance provided by Tree of Life Nursery’s Designers in Residence.

SMWD customers can cash in on reimbursements for design consultations at Tree of Life Nursery in addition to the MWDOC square foot rebate program, (more details on that program below). Now, SMWD customers can enjoy design assistance reimbursements through a simple and straightforward process in order to help you more easily convert that turf into SustainaBLUE landscaping. The City of San Clemente Water District offers a similar reimbursement through their pilot program, which has been available since last August. More details on that program here.

OC Water SmartAs mentioned above, almost any Orange County resident can partake in the Municipal Water District of Orange County, (MWDOC) rebate for new projects removing turf and replacing with water efficient landscaping. The MWDOC rebate may be applied for and used in addition to the Design Assistance Rebate offered by SMWD. Please note that you must apply for the lawn removal rebate with MWDOC BEFORE removing or killing your lawn. (Here’s the website for details on that rebate program.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:31

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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