Firewise Landscaping: Can Native Plants Help Save Our Homes From Fire?
Presentation and talk by Greg Rubin, Founder and President, California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc., San Diego
Far from being "fire bombs," a landscape of California native plants may actually contribute to fire safety around your home—it's all in the approach. Greg will explore the factors that encourage fire resistance in native landscapes, including design, irrigation, and maintenance, and will share actual case histories from a number of major fire events. Although there is no guarantee that a native landscape will save a home in a fire event, Greg’s experience has shown that a native landscape may actually be a sensible and environmentally responsible way to achieve defensible space around homes.
The success Greg has had with native landscape performance in fire has led the United States Navy to award his company a 5-year research grant that is scientifically testing various methods of fuel modification, including thinning regimes, and garden design using very light overhead irrigation. Greg will share some preliminary results of the study, which is in its final year.
Greg is co-author of a best-selling book with Lucy Warren, The California Native Landscape: The Homeowners’ Design Guide to Restoring its Beauty and Balance, and The Drought Defying California Garden. Both books will be available for purchase and signing afterward.
Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please register for tickets here.
Event location: Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA