LA Native Plant Source propagates plants native to the Los Angeles area for its own Southern Oak Woodland garden as well as offering them for sale to the local California native gardening community. All proceeds support the Theodore Payne Foundation.
Here in California, it is way past time to add buying an exotic, industrially grown plant for your garden to the list of formerly common-but-no-longer-acceptable abuses of the environment.
Showing someone around your native garden during the height of summer can be a little awkward, to be perfectly honest, as most people are surprisingly unfamiliar with the concept of summer dormancy – the evolutionary survival strategy employed by many native California plants in order to survive our long, dry summers.
“What makes you think ‘native’ bees are so great? First of all, they don’t even live in hives, like normal bees. Did you know that some of those so-called ‘bees’ actually live in the ground for God’s sake? I ask you – what kind of a bee lives in the ground? By itself?”