OMWD Hosts Native Plant Workshop on October 19

Area residents are invited to attend a free workshop at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty on Thursday, October 19, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The workshop is designed for individuals who are interested in incorporating native plants in their gardens to increase water efficiency and support local ecology.

Speaker Greg Rubin is a local landscape contractor who specializes in native gardens and is coauthor of two books on native plants. His presentation will touch on all aspects of native landscaping, and how it differs from conventional ornamental horticulture. Topics of discussion include native soil ecology, how to capture that ecology in the home landscape, design concepts and styles, plant selection, irrigation design, watering schedules, maintenance, mulches, and pest and weed control. There will also be a special emphasis on the widespread damage being wrought by Argentine ants and some ways to deal with them.

Fall is an ideal time to add new plants to your garden as cooler weather and rain helps young plants become established. Many homeowners and businesses are choosing to incorporate native plants into their landscapes due to the advantages they offer. Native plants are climate appropriate and typically require less water and maintenance than traditional ornamental plant options. Local ecosystems benefit from the use of native plants, and gardens can be designed to stay colorful year-round by choosing plants that bloom in each season. 

The Interpretive Center is located at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, 8833 Harmony Grove Road in Escondido. Registration for this event is required no later than Tuesday, October 17, at 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited. To register for this event, please go to

Native plant garden