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California Native Plant Society

Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter


May 8  ·  7:30 – 9:30pm

Descanso Gardens: 
Did they survive last year’s windstorm?

Presenter: Rachel Young

Location: Sepulveda Garden Center, Encino

Descanso Gardens is a unique Southern California landscape distinguished by its specialized botanic collections, historical significance, and rare natural beauty. Located in a coast live oak forest, there are seven gardens dedicated to either one type of flower, such as camellias or roses, lilacs or irises, or to a theme, such as the California Garden (California native plants), Nature’s Table (edible garden) or the Japanese Garden. Rachel Young manages the California Garden, which was originally designed by Theodore Payne. She will discuss the history and current state of the California Garden and briefly touch on the windstorm and damage that occurred at Descanso. Rachel Young is the native plant horticulturist at Descanso Gardens. Her Masters Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UCLA is based on research in oak ecology and genetics. She began her exploration of California flora working for the National Park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd. Encino 
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