The Nipomo Native Garden features plants found growing on the
Nipomo Mesa prior to European discovery of California. Plantings
are organized in an associative framework to build an educational
environment and illustrate plant community dynamics. These organizing
principles provide a garden that clearly demonstrates the unique
character and rich biological heritage of the Nipomo Mesa.
The Nipomo Native Garden is a 12 acre area in Nipomo, bordered
by Pomeroy, Camino Caballo and Osage, that has been preserved
within the county parks system as a unique botanical garden.
The Nipomo Native Garden was formed in the mid 1990s as a
sort of botanical time capsule, a sanctuary for our beleaguered
native habitat. The garden provides a vast pallet of educational
and research opportunities through the demonstration of an
evolving network of plant and animal communities, in short,
a native ecological system.
Membership currently stands at several hundred supporters
from throughout the county and beyond. With the dedicated
efforts of these people, students doing community service,
groups such as the California Conservation Corps., Americorps.,
and Girl Scout volunteers, much progress has been made. Presently
the garden includes: marked trails, a complex irrigation system,
labeled plants, an illustrated plant and trail guide, owl
and bird houses, raptor poles, boggy wetland, and an amphitheater
for meetings and BBQs. Members receive a perodic newsletter.
Monthly gardening day is held the first Saturday of each
month. It is suggested that volunteers bring gloves, hat,
weeding tool or shovel, and sun protection.
Periodic plantings including our annual December big planting.
We often follow these Saturday events with a pot luck barbecue.
The Nipomo Native Garden supplies the hot dogs and drinks.
Individual membership $10
Family membership $15
Make check payable to SLOPOST-NNG Account. Contributions are
Send to Nipomo Native Garden, 480 Calle Cielo, Nipomo CA 93444
All memberships receive our newsletter.
Please note: We would like to inform teachers that student
may earn required community service hours, either at the monthly
garden day, or by special projects which we can arrange.
LOCATION & MAP OF GARDEN
The Nipomo Native Garden is located on the corner of Camino
Caballo and Pomeroy Streets across from Nipomo Regional Park.
Take the Tefft Street exit from Highway 101, then turn right
For further information, contact:
Larry Vierheilig at 929-6710
Charlie Gulyash at 929-3589