The primary purpose of this blog is to share what I’ve learned about the native plants of California’s Sierra Nevada. I’ve been gardening with these plants here in Tahoe for almost sixteen years now. I’m hoping to encourage people to get started with their own native plant gardens. Many of these plants do well in containers, so you don’t need a yard. For people who aren’t into gardening, I’m hoping this blog might persuade some readers to bring a native wildflower book on their next hike. I have found knowing about the local plants makes for a much richer wilderness experience.
I enjoy gardening with native plants not only because of their beauty, but because these plants provide food and shelter for local wildlife. In this time of widespread environmental degradation and habitat loss, I feel the need to give back; to lessen my impact on the environment in a concrete way.
While I love native plants, I don’t garden with them exclusively. There are plenty of non-natives that do wonderfully in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I’ll be writing about them too.
I also love to hike and go on backpacking trips, so I’ll be posting trip reports with plenty of photos of wildflowers in their native habitats.