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Plant Identification & Help


The goal at Calscape is to help Californians restore nature and save water one garden at a time. We do this by showing people which plants are really native to any location in the state, helping them figure out which ones they want, and where to buy them and how to grow them.


iNaturalist is a social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe. 

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Take your nature knowledge up a notch with Seek! Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of birds, amphibians, plants, and fungi and participate in monthly observation challenges.

Las Pilitas Nursery

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The Escondido location closed in 2016. You can still order plants on-line for delivery from their central CA site.  


G3 is an open-platform organization, willing and able to work with all variety of public, non-profit, professional, and citizen constituents toward  sparking and sustaining this landscape industry transformation.

Local Nurseries

Native West Nursery

Neels Nursery

466 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

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Walter Andersen's Nursery

12755 Danielson Ct, Poway, CA 92064

(858) 513-4900



The California Native Plant Society is a statewide nonprofit organization seeking to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities, education, conservation, and restoration.

The San Diego Chapter serves San Diego and Imperial counties. 

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The San Diego Horticultural Society is dedicated to educating residents about gardening in this rich horticulture environment with many micro-climates.


To provide a continuous and coordinated system of preserved lands with a connecting corridor of walking, equestrian, and bicycle trails, encompassing the San Dieguito River Valley from the ocean to the river’s source.”

Plant Selection


Moosa Creek Nursery specializes in native plants of California, sustainable and wildlife friendly landscaping and socially responsible business.

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To embody the spirit of California in native plant culture. 

Promote gardens in attractive accessible settings that showcase the essence of California’s natural beauty, so everyone can experience the authentic feel of our wild places.

Demonstration Gardens

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The San Diego Botanic Garden, formerly Quail Botanical Gardens, is a botanical garden in Encinitas, California, United States. At 37 acres, the garden includes rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, and a subtropical fruit garden.

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The San Diego Safari Park Nativescapes garden is 4 acres showcasing Southern California's plant communities: chaparral, coastal sage scrub, cypress, desert transition, high desert, island, low desert, montane, palm oasis, and riparian. 

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Waterwise Botanicals is more than a nursery and welcomes both homeowners and the landscape trade industry.  We have acres of beautiful nursery and growing grounds, including demonstration gardens, ponds, and a shade house full of creative treasures to inspire you.


California Native Plants for the Garden
Carol Bornstein, David Fross, Bart O'Brien
The Drought-Defying California Garden: 230 Native Plants for a Lush, Low-Water Landscape
Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren
The Jepson Manual
Bruce Baldwin and The University of California Press
San Diego County Native Plants
James Lightner


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