The Guadalupe Native Plant Garden serves as a beautiful open space for the community of Guadalupe and its visitors, as well as a demonstration garden. All the plants in the garden are either native to our area or other areas within California that are similar in climate. The plants and trees are water and soil tolerant to our area. Incorporating native plants and trees within your own garden saves precious natural resources, like water, and personal resources like cash, because they require less water and products needed to maintain them.
In the summer of 2010 The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center partnered with the United Way of Santa Barbara and Northern Santa Barbara County to offer the first ever North County Fun in the Sun (FITS) program for students grades 6-9th. Students benefitted from a unique partnership to earn a scholarship towards higher education, while improving their academic skills and serving their community.
The 6-week program ran from June 28th to August 6th, 2010. The program served 25 students at two locations, 13 students in Guadalupe and 12 students in Santa Maria. The program heavily relied on partnership support with 21 different local agencies contributing to the program’s success. Each of the 25 students completed 100 hours of service and earned a $500 scholarship from the Corporation for National & Community Service.
The Guadalupe students focused their efforts on improving this city lot, which was vacant at the time (see pics.), by converting it into a native plant garden for the community. Students visited and studied the local dunes and the Nipomo Native Garden to research native plants. In addition, the students met with local government officials to acquire use of the land, and requested donations and support from local businesses to complete the garden.
The Guadalupe Native Plant Garden in always open and is located at the corner of 7th Street and Campodonico Ave in the heart of Guadalupe, CA. You can get additional information about the Garden at the Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes Center at 1065 Guadalupe Street or call 805-343-2455.