We have a donor who generously committed to a match of up to $1000 for garden improvements. If you would like to send a donation for garden improvements, send your tax deductible donation to the Dunes Center. Remember to indicate on your check or online donation, "for native garden improvements".
Native Garden Kiosk Installation
April 17, 2012
The Dunes Center would like to thank our partners at State Parks for their generous donation of a refurbished informational kiosk, and delivering it to the Native Garden. Thank you to the City of Guadalupe, and the help of Mike Pena and his team of Public Works Staff, who supported our project and installed the kiosk that same afternoon. Read the complete article.
Native Plant of the Month
Guadalupe Native Plant Garden
How it all began...
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 not only serves as a beautiful open space for the community of Guadalupe and its visitors, but also 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 will help save water and the costs associated with maintanence.
We are currently working on a self guided tour map and garden plant information for our garden. Downloads will be available on this webpage.
How You Can Help
There are several ways you can support the Dunes Center's Native Plant Garden.
For more information or if you have suggestions for our garden email us at email@example.com or call (805) 343-2455. You can also visit us Saturday – Sunday from 10am-4pm at our Interpretive Center, 1065 Guadalupe Street, in Guadalupe.