Presented by California Native Plant Society San Diego and the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation
Saturday, January 22 – Sunday, January 23
9AM to 3PM Saturday; SUNDAY from 9am until stock lasts!
Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Visitor Center
- Seeds, books, and merchandise well stocked, and the MTRP Gift Shop has many new items!
- Free open-air trolley service from 8:30am-noon from Patrick Henry High School (preferred location) and across from the Jackson Drive Parking Lot. Parking is VERY impacted in the Visitor Center lot so shuttle service is highly recommended.
- Plant Holding Area with easy plant pick up at the Visitor Center for those who take the trolley and want to come back to pick up their plants.
- Facial coverings are required in the Visitor Center, and recommended on the trolley and at the sale.
Everyone is invited to shop, browse, and learn at a California Native Plant Sale presented by the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation and the California Native Plant Society San Diego Chapter. At the two-day outdoor event, veteran gardeners and newcomers can purchase a wide selection of native plants and seeds, books, and merchandise, and get tips from native plant experts. Proceeds from the sale will benefit both organizations and their collective mission to educate, restore, and appreciate the native habitats of our region.
This event is free and open to the public. Parking will be impacted in the Visitor Center parking lot and along Father Junipero Serra Trail, so we have arranged to have open-air Old Town Trolleys for shoppers’ use. Two trolleys will run during the sale, one for those parked in the Jackson Drive parking lot and another from Patrick Henry High School. The shuttles will run from on Saturday from 8:30am – 3:15pm and on Sunday from 8:30am-12pm from overflow parking at the Jackson Drive parking lot (shuttle stop across the street from the lot, on Mission Gorge Road) and the parking lot at Patrick Henry High School. Though the Old Town Trolleys are open to elements and will have good air flow, we recommend that riders wear facial coverings while on the shuttle.
Bring your own plant cart for an easier shopping experience; there will be a Plant Holding Area for pick-ups for those not parked in the Visitor Center parking lot.
Please note that the availability of species at the sale is subject to change.
Covid safety measures will be in place, which includes holding the sale outdoors, requiring facial coverings inside the Visitor Center, and requesting our volunteers wear facial coverings outdoors as well. In addition, the optional shuttle service is being provided by Old Town Trolley, which will have open sides to maximize air flow.
Which Plants Should I Get?
To learn more about native plants and which would work best for your area, check out the Calscape website. Simply put in your zip code for a list of California native plants most suited for your landscape. There are a host of resources on the site, and when you shop at a native plant nursery, they can also help you with your plant selections.
Where Can I Buy Native Plants?
There are many places to buy native plants in Southern California--click here for a list from CNPSSD. Consider shopping local growers and nurseries that supported the sale: Neels Nursery (Encinitas), Tree of Life Nursery (San Juan Capistrano), Native West Nursery (occasional public sales), and Moosa Creek Nursery (occasional public sales). And, ask your local nursery to carry native plants!
If you have general questions about the plant sale, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event has been sponsored by San Diego City Councilmember and MTRP Task Force Chair Raul Campillo (D-7), and trolley service partially underwritten by Old Town Trolley.
The MTRP Visitor Center is located at One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego CA 92119. Photos: Gerry Tietje