October 10th & 11th  |  9:00 AM — 3:00 PM  |  Long Beach Convention Center

Thursday, October 11th: 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Going Native: Landscaping Sustainably with Native Plants for Birds and Butterflies
by Reginald Durant
CEUs applied for: APLD, IA, NALP, PGMS, QWEL

Join Reginald Durant from Back to Natives to learn all about locally native, landscape quality plants that can help conserve water, eliminate the need for pesticides and fertilizers, and provide habitat for butterflies and birds. Humans have been living alongside Southern California’s native plants for centuries. Toyon was the first Hollywood celebrity with the native Tongva people, and Beach Evening Primrose basked on sun warmed sand dunes long before the first surfer caught their first wave. The presentation will include pictures of native ecosystems and the native plants that flourish in Southern California. “Fifty percent or more of the water we use daily goes on lawns and outdoor landscaping,” said Back to Natives Executive Director Reginald Durant. “Planting natives is one of the best ways for homeowners and businesses to help solve the crisis brought on by one of California’s worst droughts, that is not over yet.”
“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.”
Join us for a timely workshop focusing on our favorite plants to use to save the maximum amount of water while providing the maximum amount of habitat for birds and butterflies, and a beautiful, low maintenance landscape. Reginald designed and installed the 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, and many other beautiful, locally native gardens since. Working with Lori Whalen, our volunteer Designer, Reginald has installed numerous landscapes featured in several local native plant tours and home and garden tours in select areas of Southern California.

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Reginald Durant
Back to Natives Restoration

Reginald founded Back to Natives Restoration in 2005, and he is the current Executive Director. 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, and the first Platinum LEED home in Orange County. 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. He currently works extensively with the US Forest Service teaching the USFS & Back to Natives Restoration Training Program, training volunteers and agency staff how to lead volunteer events in dry habitat restoration practices. He has been a guest speaker at the Spring Garden show each year for the past 9 years. Reginald has been leading seminars at the Landscape Expo Long Beach for the past 8 years, this being his 9th. He has also developed numerous demonstration gardens for display and competition at the LA Garden Show at the LA Arboretum, and the Spring Garden Show at the South Coast Plaza. Reginald has been a guest lecturer at the OC Spring Home and Garden Show and the OC Summer Home and Garden Show in Anaheim. He provides lectures, seminars, workshops and classes on California Native Plants, for design, applications, maintenance, installation, propagation and respecification. He has worked with numerous contractors, planners, landscape architects and fellow designers, consulting with them to successfully complete their own projects.

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