Going Native: Selecting and Designing With Regionally Appropriate Native Plants

By Reginald Durant, Back to Natives Restoration

Wednesday, September 28th ~ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
CEUs: 1.5 PGMS, APLD, NALP, 0.375 IA (Tier 3)

Reginald Durant, Back to Natives Restoration

Course Description:

Join Reginald Durant from Back to Natives to learn all about saving water by landscaping with native plants. California is experiencing a record drought and we’re all feeling the pinch. Watering is restricted – but with native plants and the correct irrigation, any landscape can be more beautiful than ever! Using natives also eliminates the need for pesticides, which harm beneficial insects and other animals, and reduces our exposure to toxic substances. Natives require less mowing, pruning and fertilizing. A well planned native plant landscape even attracts birds and butterflies. Participants will learn why and how to select native plants appropriate for their geographic region, as well as the best practices for designing with locally native plants. We’ll also discuss our favorite irrigation to use with native plants to save the maximum amount of water - micro irrigation.


Reginald founded Back to Natives Restoration in 2005, and he is the current Director of Restoration. Reginald was the chief landscape designer for the ''Costa Mesa Green Home,'' which is certified 'Platinum' by the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for Homes Program. Reginald also provided the landscape design for ''Project 319,'' Living Green Homes' first green single-family residential development, one of the first of its kind in OC to earn the Build It Green, GreenPoint Rated designation. As the Grounds Coordinator at the Environmental Nature Center, Reginald developed the Orange County Native Butterfly House. Reginald also coordinated with the County of Orange, the Coastal Commission and the Department of Fish and Game to develop the Butterfly Habitat at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center at the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. Reginald founded the Land Steward Peer Network -- a peer network for restoration ecology professionals -- which included members from County, State, Federal and non-profit organizations and agencies. Since 2004, Reginald has taught the Native Plant section for the Master Gardeners.

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