North Coast CNPS

Gardening with Natives

Welcome, gardeners, to the rewarding realm of native plant gardening.

By bringing local, native plants into your yard, you are extending the habitat available to native wildlife, mostly small, but some large too, getting to know intimately the natural world of our coast and mountains, and appreciating its beauty.

Native Plant Consultation Service

Are you wondering which plants in your yard are native?  Are you unsure if that vine in the corner is an invasive exotic?  Would you like to know some native spacies that would grow well in your yard?

The North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society offers the Native Plant Consultation Service to answer these questions and to share our experiences gardening with natives. This service is free.

Contact our coordinator Melanie Johnson (707-502-8856 or mjokega at, who will arrange a visit by volunteer consultants to look at what you have and help choose suitable plants for your garden. 

We offer these documents to help:

Restoring Nature, One Garden at a time A review of our November program, a video of a lecture by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, professor of entomology at the University of Delaware. His lecture was the keynote address at the CNPS Conservation Conference last February in Los Angeles.

Books Regarding Gardening with Native Plants. A three-page, annotated list compiled by chapter members

Northwest California natives tested in the Arcata-Eureka area A list compiled by chapter members of trees, shrubs, herbs, and ground-covers. We call it "Pete's plant list," although other members contributed.

Native Plants that Attract Hummingbirds

Common butterflies of Humboldt Bay and their host plants

Native Shrubs and Small Trees that Attract Wildlife

"A lawn given over to native wildflowers may be the most All-American lawn of all." - Amy Stuart's garden column in the 7/25/02 North Coast Journal.

List of plants used in the pollinator garden at the Jefferson Community Center A 2 page list by flowering season with scientific and common names of each plant as well as if the plant is a nectar or pollen source and what it attracts.

Native Plants for Local Birds A 2 page list of plants compiled from the Audubon database including scientific and common names of the plant, type of plant, birds the plant may attract and what the plant provides.

Our North Coast CNPS Gardening with Natives Group shares observations, questions, plants, and activity notices by e-mail through Yahoo!  It also is the way our Plant Sale Chairpeople communicate with the many people growing native plants for our sales, and the way the growers communicate with each other. If you are interested, please join (no CNPS membership required) at  or write restorationgardener [at]

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