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.
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?”
If your gardening activities are calibrated to support local wildlife, there is very little you could do that will have a more positive impact on wildlife than preserving and promoting the health of a mature Coast Live Oak, each one of which attracts and supports a vast web of living things.