Monday, March 13, 2023 — 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sponsored by the California Native Plant Society
Speaker: Cynthia Gingerich
Join us to learn more about arranging California native plants in bouquets, garlands and wreaths.
When Cynthia Gingerich and her family moved from the South Bay to the Santa Cruz Mountains fifteen years ago, she inherited a yard stocked with native perennials, trees and shrubs from the previous homeowners. After attending her first native plant garden tour to learn more, she took another decade to remove non-native plants and increase the habitat value. Now that her yard is planted exclusively with California natives—just a few non-native bulbs and inevitable weeds remain—she is quick to point out that while she loves growing and arranging California natives, she is still a native plants enthusiast, not an expert.
In 2019 Cynthia visited private and public gardens that featured California native plants in 3 countries and 5 US states; some highlights were wildflower meadows at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve in April, ceanothus and penstemon in Canada in May, and Matilija poppies in England in July. During that year she also began foraging in her own native garden for flowers, foliage, branches and seed pods to create a variety of natives-only arrangements which were displayed both indoors and out. Some of those bouquets illustrated an article in CNPS’s Flora magazine (https://www.cnps.org/flora-magazine/garden-q-a-floral-arrangements-17994) and she’s continued to create arrangements in all seasons and sizes throughout the years since then. More photos are at the Facebook Group for California Native Plant Society. https://www.facebook.com/groups/38417209275/permalink/10158316165849276/
When Cynthia’s native garden was accepted for the 2022 Growing Natives Garden Tour, it had to be viewed online only due to lack of parking space and accessibility, so she created 3 videos about growing and arranging native plants in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Cynthia Gingerich, our speaker, explains her history with California native plants in the talk description above. She is an avid native plant photographer and gardener and a member of CNPS chapters for Santa Cruz County and Santa Clara Valley.
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