Dunes In Bloom: California Poppy

i Apr 4th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

california poppiesCalifornia Poppies are here! There are blooming in and around the dunes. (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…)

Guadalupe Students In the Dunes

i Feb 28th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

700x300Thanks to a grant from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Agency, the Cachuma Resource Conservation District and the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center has teamed up to administer the B-WET program, an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant and experiential  learning. (more…)

Dunes in Bloom: Black Sage

i Feb 6th l Comments Off 3 by Dunes Center

Black sageThis month at the Native Garden we are celebrating the an early spring flowering beauty, Salvia mellifera or Black Sage.  Black sage is distinctive in being a shrub with woody stems.  The flowers appear from February through July and are in compact whorls spaced two to three inches apart on the main stem and are usually a pale blue or lavender color, and rarely a pale rose color. Black sage is so named because of the dark whorls of dried flowers that remain on the stems at the end of the season. (more…)