Dunes In Bloom: California Barberry

i May 9th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

barberry 4 700x300This month we are highlighting the California Barberry(Berberis pinnata Lagasca). The California Barberry grows along rocky slopes and coastal bluffs in the coastal scrub, chaparral, woodlands and forests below 4000 ft. It can be found as far north as Oregon and as far south as Baja California. (more…)

Orchid Show is Huge Success!

i May 9th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

IMG_1782 cropped700x300The Dunes Center was again honored this year as the benefactor for the Central Coast Orchid Show hosted by the Five Cities Orchid Society. Friday night, Dunes Center supporters and orchid enthusiasts join to get the first look of the orchid show and raise money for the Dunes Center. Preview benefit attendees were welcomed by Moses and his sphinx as they walked into the Hollywood inspired evening. An enticing silent auction and delicious food made the night a glowing success. (more…)

Images of America: Guadalupe Released!

i Apr 4th l Comments Off 3 by Dunes Center

DSC_0284700x300The long awaited, Images of America: Guadalupe was released this past Saturday at the Dunes Center. A reception was held for local residents and community members to get their copy signed by author and Executive Director, Doug Jenzen. Authors of the Images of America books for the cities of Avila Beach, Grover Beach, and Pismo Beach were also in attendance sign their books. (more…)

Annual Hike to Coreopsis Hill

i Apr 4th l 1 Comment 3 by Dunes Center

DSC_0244 700x300Sixty five enthusiastic wildflower hunters joined the Dunes Center and the San Luis Obispo Chapter of the Native Plant Society on the annual Coreopsis Hill Hike, March 23rd. (more…)

Dunes in Bloom: Ceanothus

i Mar 4th l Comments Off 3 by Dunes Center

Guadalupe Native Garden Ceanothus 700x300Ceanothus range from ground huggers to small trees. Most shrubs grow to about 3-6 feet tall. Our garden’s Ceanothus is doing very well and is over 6-7 feet tall. The dominant flower color is blue varying from a light frosted blue to almost cobalt.  Several Ceanothus have white flowers. (more…)

Restorative Yoga and Dune Retsoration at Guadalupe County Park

i Feb 28th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

700x300Years ago, ice plant was introduced to the dunes in an attempt to stabilize the movement of the sand. However, because ice plant is not native to the dunes habitat, it has had a damaging effect on the ecosystem. In an attempt to restore the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve to its natural habitat, Santa Barbara County Parks is continuously trying to pull the invasive ice plant from the dunes. (more…)