To Our Ojai Community:

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we recover from the damage from the Thomas Fire on our trails. In the coming months trails will likely open and close depending on rain and changing trail conditions. Click here for current information and trail notifications »

Why Native Plants?

Native plants provide food and shelter for local wildlife, like birds and insects. By planting a native plant, you can help support the local ecosystem and preserve the unique biodiversity of your region. If we can change our mindset, we will find bounty and beauty in the world of native species. We can not only create gorgeous landscapes that provide innumerable benefits to other plant and animal species, we will also reap a host of benefits as the property owners and stewards of our land.

Save Water

Native plants are adapted to our local climate and the hot, dry summers and cooler, wet winters of our region. This means they require less water and maintenance than non-native plants. By planting native plants in your yard, you can reduce your water usage and save time and money on maintenance. Once they are established many native plants can survive with little to no irrigation. Water conservation in our valley is vital, and saving water will save you money too!

Support Local Biodiversity

Native plants and the birds and the bees were made for each other! They have spent a millennia evolving together, and even seasonal migratory visitors rely on the wide diversity of native flora blooming throughout the year. While your plants will provide an abundance of food, the birds, butterflies, bees and more will keep everything in balance. The benefit to you is that you get to watch your garden come to life!

Build Habitat Connectivity

With over 98% of land the US either developed or in agricultural production, there is little native habitat left for our wildlife and pollinators. By planting our yards, gardens, parks, roadsides, and more with native plants, the little space left can become to habitats–connecting our remaining wildlands.

Create a Sense of Place

Native plants in Southern California are beautiful and diverse, with a wide range of colors, textures, and shapes. By planting native plants in your yard, you can create a beautiful and unique landscape that reflects and contributes to the natural beauty of the region.

Easy to maintain

Native plants are generally easier to maintain than non-native plants because they are adapted to the local environment. They are more resistant to pests and diseases, which means you don’t need to use as many pesticides or other chemicals to keep them healthy.