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California Native Plants for the Near Future: Water Use Reduction and Ecological Benefits to Your Business

By: Susan Krzywicki




October 4, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM



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Reducing landscape irrigation needs, minimizing chemical use, and gardening for sustainability (building habitat and reducing green waste) are all important trends that benefit from the use of California native plants. This session will explore some of the myths of native plants; show beautiful, low maintenance examples of native plant gardens in managed landscapes as well as individual residences; and explain the benefits of native plants over the broader and less effective Mediterranean or “drought-tolerant” plant selection categories.




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Susan Krzywicki
Landscape Designer
Krzywicki Consulting

Susan Krzywicki is a California native plant landscape designer in San Diego County. She was the first California Native Plant Society Horticulture Program Director, a 50-year-old and 9,000 member-strong advocacy organization. She worked extensively across the state to promote the projects that spearhead California’s oldest and most recognized native plant gardening program. Susan started as chair of the San Diego Chapter Gardening Committee which inaugurated the popular San Diego Native Garden Tour and the Native Garden Symposium, encouraging homeowners to experience the strategic benefits of low water use, habitat creation, and our unique ecological heritage.

In addition to her work with CNPS, Susan is on the board of San Diego Canyonlands, chaired Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Friendly Gardens Programs Committee, taught the San Diego County Water Authority's California Friendly Landscape Training, and serves on the Port of San Diego Chula Vista Bayfront Cultural and Design Committee where she advocates for strong environmental partnerships with new development.

Susan is a popular speaker, having motivated audiences to make substantial landscape changes. Her audiences have ranged from botanists in Baja California, to professional water authority staff members through out the state, to homeowners at local garden clubs, national gardening clubs and adult education programs. Her forté is helping homeowners to use our heritage plants in stylish and bright new ways.

Krzywicki Consulting has been in business since 2003, and has focused on native plants since inception. Clients have ranged from individual homeowners to landscape maintenance companies with large Homeowners Associations and corporate campuses, to volunteer projects in schools and communities.


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Long Beach, CA
October 4th & 5th

Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802