Summer Sips: Designing Native Gardens

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018

Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Instructor: Carol Bornstein

Location: Blaksley Library & Courtyard

Summer Sips 3

With so many plants to choose from, how can you create a native garden that fulfills your expectations? Whether your motivation is to welcome wildlife, reduce your water bills, screen unsightly views, entertain, or create year-round beauty, this presentation offers tips on designing native gardens that draw upon inspirations from nature, historical garden precedents, fundamental principles of composition, and thoughtful plant selection to create successful compositions.


Carol Bornstein is Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, whose mission is to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. For nearly 30 years, she was horticulturist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. She is co-author of two books, the award-winning California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining the California Lawn. She has selected and introduced several popular cultivars for California gardens, including Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ and Corethrogyne filaginifolia ‘Silver Carpet’ and she continues to share her knowledge of plants native to California and other mediterranean regions through her teaching, writing, and design work.



Sanguis Wines

Botany/Natural History
Over 21

Summer Sips Series

Register for all 3 and recieve a discount

Each event begins with wine tasting paired with delicious appetizers and conversation with the local sponsoring vintner in the Garden’s Courtyard. 

  • Presentations are held in the Blaksley Library
  • Attendance is limited, please reserve early
  • Introduce a friend to the Garden by inviting them to join you for a Summer Sips event.
  • Tickets are fully transferable

-or- register for each lecture individually, see dates & event details below:

June 23: Oaks in the Home Landscape*
Bruce Reed, Garden Horticulturist
Winery: Grassini Family Vineyards

July 14: Botanical Treasures of Santa Cruz Island
Steve Junak, Emeritus Herbarium Curator, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Winery: Beckman Vineyards

August 11: Designing Native Gardens
Carol Bornstein, Director of the Nature Gardens, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Winery: TBD

*rescheduled from 6/9 due to Red Flag