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Sustainable Native Plants, 1 CEU APLD, 1 CEU LA CES, 1 CEU LEED

Presented by: Mike Evans, Tree of Life Nursery and Orchid Black, Native Sanctuary Garden
Friday, March 30th - 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Course Description:

This course will focus on all aspects of native plant landscaping including design, installation, establishment, and long term care. We will make special emphasis on resource conservation, water use, reduced run-off, limited use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and reduced green waste. We will discuss benefits to wildlife, especially birds and native beneficial pollinators, as well as the authentic beauty of the naturalistic garden. We will touch on how to integrate these design themes and horticultural techniques into existing landscapes in need of retrofit, as well as brand new sites. A descriptive plant list will be made available.


Mike Evans (pictured above) was born and raised in southern California and demonstrated an early love for the outdoors. He worked with several nurseries both retail and wholesale, before establishing Tree of Life Nursery in 1976. The nursery specializes in native California plants. Tree of Life Nursery promotes a style of authentic horticulture, specifically the concept of appropriate landscaping with native California plants. Mike is affiliated with numerous conservation, horticultural and botanical organizations. He is past president (2005) of the International Plant Propagators Society, and past president (2001) of the California Society for Ecological Restoration. Mike was involved in water conservation during the 1980's as a founding member of the Xeriscape committee through Metropolitan Water District. In addition, he has been active in the California Native Plant Society, the California Botanical Society, and The Nature Conservancy. He served on the horticultural committee for The Jepson Manual project, the definitive California flora published in 1993. Mike is one of the original board members on the Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy in San Juan Capistrano. He also serves on the boards for Casa Romantica Cultural Center in San Clemente, and the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society.

With his experience in native plant production, design, landscaping, and ecological restoration, Mike Evans advocates a California that deserves to look like the true "California." Mike often is called on to write or lecture on the subject. His hobbies include hiking, surfing, photography, reading and writing. He serves as pastor of a Spanish language Christian church in San Juan Capistrano.

Mike is president of Tree of Life Nursery. In 2007, the nursery was honored to receive the Horticultural Award from the California Native Plant Society and the California Glory Award presented by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Mike Evans, Owner, Tree of Life Nursery

Orchid Black


Orchid is a garden designer whose practice focuses on California native plants. Her gardens have been featured on the Theodore Payne Foundation (TPF) Garden Tour and with the Friends of Washington Park and TPF. She has been active in the design and restoration of Washington Park in Pasadena, originally designed by famed horticulturist Theodore Payne, which won an ASLA Award. She teaches at the Theodore Payne Foundation, teaches Sustainable Garden Practice for UCLA Extension, and gives lectures and workshops on native horticulture and oak culture throughout Southern California. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Native Plant Society.

Orchid can be found online at

Orchid Black, Owner, Native Sanctuary Garden

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