Back to Natives will offer sustainable alternatives to traditional landscape plants that will help homeowners provide habitat for butterflies and birds.

SANTA ANA, Calif., March 28, 2017 – Back To Natives Restoration, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charity, will sell locally native plants at the Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza from April 27-April 30, 2017. Native plants help conserve water, eliminate the need for pesticides and fertilizers, and provide habitat for butterflies and birds. Plant sales will raise funds for Back to Natives’ environmental education and habitat restoration programs.

This is Back to Natives’ eighth year participating in the Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza. The focus this year will be on native foundation plants that enhance a landscape’s aesthetic and are attractive year round. Annual wildflowers will also be available for sale, many of which were seen in the recent "super blooms" at local wilderness areas.

Three free seminars will be presented by BTN Executive Director Reginald Durant. On April 28 at 2 p.m. and April 29 at 11:30 a.m. Durant will speak on "Native Foundation Plants." Durant will show participants native evergreens that can provide the structural bones of a landscape year-round. Native shrubs can add texture and height, and seasonal color. Foundation plants enhance a landscape, make it welcoming, and tie it to the surrounding area.

"The right foundation planting for most landscapes is a nice mix of evergreen material, with some repetition of plants for a unified look, and an overall casual, naturalistic feeling," said Durant. "A successful foundation planting starts with picking the right plants in the right proportion."

On April 30 at 11:00 a.m. Durant will give a presentation on "Saving Water Using Micro Irrigation." Reginald used micro irrigation when he designed and installed landscape design for the first Platinum LEED home in Orange County, as well as for the first home in OC to earn the Build It Green, GreenPoint Rated designation. 

"We've found that Natives do not thrive with wasteful overhead watering," said Durant, "They do best with micro irrigation which focuses water to the base of each plant, and can be adjusted to the needs of each plant, saving substantial amounts of water."

All seminars will be in Seminar Room A, which is located on Level 3 of the at South Coast Plaza Crate and Barrel / Macy’s Home Store Wing at 3333 Bear Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626

About Back to Natives
Back to Natives Restoration, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization connects the community to habitat restoration through service learning and native plant education. The Back to Natives Nursery at Santiago Park in Santa Ana grows plants for habitat restoration and to raise funds for service learning and environmental education programs. The Back to Natives Native Plant Reserve provides habitat for birds and butterflies in Dana Point. For more information, please visit www.backtonatives.org or call 949-509- 4787.      

Media Contact:
LORI WHALEN, Director of Community Relations
Back to Natives Restoration
(949) 335-8656
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