The California Native Landscape: Restoring Beauty & Balance

Mar 31, 2015

Erigeron_GlaucusJohn Muir spoke of being able to walk from the City of Los Angeles to the northwest San Fernando Valley without ever leaving the shade of an oak tree.

So writes Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren in The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner’s Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance.

On April 1st, these two horticulturists will speak about native plants, “the importance of smart garden design, and combining the right plants to promote the natural symbiosis that occurs within plant communities.”

“The California Native Landscape”
Wednesday, April 1st, 7-9 p.m.
South Pasadena Public Library, Community Rm.
1100 Oxley St., South Pasadena 91030
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2014-9-progran-gregGreg Rubin bio as sourced from

Greg Rubin, owner of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, started working with native plants back in 1985, while renovating his parent’s home in Chatsworth, CA. Although educated and subsequently employed in a successful engineering career, Greg maintained a fascination with natives based on this early experience. Soon, he was landscaping for friends and family on weekends and holidays. Demand continued to rise, and by 1993, Greg was able to start his successful and unusual landscaping business. Since that time, his company has designed over 600 native landscapes in San Diego County.

Greg has been featured in a number of periodicals including the Wall Street Journal, North County Times, Union Tribune, and magazines such as Sunset, San Diego Home and Garden, San Diego Reader, and California Gardener. Media coverage includes appearances on KGTV, KUSI, and XETV. He has also been a repeat guest on KPBS radio. Greg regularly gives presentations on native plants to garden clubs and other organizations throughout San Diego County.


Lucy Warren bio as sourced from

Lucy Warren is a longtime regional garden writer in Southern California. She has written for many local and national publications, including a regular gardening column in the San Diego Union-Tribune. She has also been editor for California Garden magazine. She is a life member of the San Diego Horticultural Society and serves on the board of the Pacific Horticulture Society.





Photo, top right, of Seaside daisy or Erigeron glaucus by JJ Harrison (Own work) [GFDL 1.2 ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Photos of Rubin and Warren sourced from California Native Plant Society San Diego Chapter website



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