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Native Plantpalooza & Eco Fest Event Coming October 1st

September 2022. On Saturday, October 1, Conejo Open Space Foundation (COSF) will present a free educational event featuring dozens of eco-related exhibitors and fun activities for kids. The family-friendly Native Plantpalooza & Eco Fest will be held at Conejo Creek North Park Lakeside Pavilion area in Thousand Oaks from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PlantpaloozaLNK

Festival exhibitors include butterfly experts from Betina’s Little Farm and Butterfly Garden, beekeepers from the Los Angeles County Beekeeping Association, noted wildflower painter and author Stacy Ruda Best, the garden clubs of Westlake Village and Conejo Valley, Poison Free Conejo, REI, City of Thousand Oaks Sustainability Division, and many more. Exhibitors will have native plants and other eco-related goodies for sale, as well as plenty of free giveaways. 

In addition, there will be four 30-minute presentations, starting on the hour at 10:00 a.m. Topics include: 

Discovering the Wisdom of Native Plants - (Laura Pasetta, Master Gardener and naturalist, Wild Rootz) This master gardener and naturalist reveals the healing properties hidden in our wonderful native plants like white sage and how you can put them to use.

How to Attract Bees, Birds, and Butterflies - (Jenn Rodriguez, Horticulture scientist, Growing Works) The best reason to focus on native-plant gardening is because it supports our native pollinators—from hummingbirds, to monarch butterflies, to Sonoran bumblebees. Learn how to make your backyard a paradise of biodiversity. 

Meet Your Native Plant Neighbors - (Antonio Sanchez, Nursery manager, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area) Learn to identify the native plants you see all around you and what makes them so extraordinary. Discover which ones work best in your own native garden.  

To Bee or Not to Bee: The Joys of Backyard Beekeeping - (Steve Savage, beekeeper, Los Angeles County Beekeeping Association) Do you dream of collecting honey from your own private bee colony? Find out what it takes to succeed from a master beekeeper.

Attendees will learn about water-wise, fire-resistant native-plant gardening, how to adapt to climate change, and get tips on being a good steward of our public lands, while kids can learn about plants and animals and what they can do to help the environment. COSF President Anne M. Russell says, “We are excited to be able to host this free event for the Conejo Valley community and to share our enthusiasm for native plants and green living!” 

Attendees who preregister and donate to support COSF are eligible to receive a free drought-tolerant plant. Click HERE to register.


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