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  • Mission and Vision

    Our Mission

    Our mission is to demonstrate the beauty, garden worthiness, and ecological appropriateness of California native gardens and to advance knowledge of native plants and increase their availability.

    Our Vision

    CNGF will become a major statewide source for learning about, experiencing, and promoting California native gardening and for bringing new California native plants to the garden.

    Purpose and Goals


    We seek to instill a new ethic in gardening and inspire a new ecological ethos. Our usual way of gardening for recreational, aesthetic, and agricultural purposes has not brought us closer to our natural environment, the plant community in which we live. It has distanced us from the trees, shrubs, and wildflowers that were here before us and still survive in undisturbed areas. We hope to bring their under-utilized beauty and economy to home and commercial gardens and promote their appropriateness.

    Goals of the Foundation

    California Native Garden Foundation (CNGF) will educate the public and design community on the value of native gardens. Classes, field trips, lectures, garden tours, and publications will be made available to members, landscape professionals, and the public. Programs will be offered on ecology, garden design, plant identification, garden building, and garden management with emphasis on educating landscape design professionals.

    CNGF will substantially increase the availability and usage of native plants in California gardens. The Foundation will introduce new native plant selections and lesser-known species to the public. New native plant selections will be made according to adaptability to local habitats, garden worthiness, and natural beauty.

    CNGF will develop research facilities for testing and propagating California native plants. Field studies, collections, and selections will be integral to this research.

    CNGF will be an active non-profit foundation with a diversified membership statewide.

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