Previous field trips of our chapter

Wednesday, May 9, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.: Tour of member's garden: Gardeners: Kyra Saegusa and Scott Kleinrock. The garden: A two-year old mixed garden with focus on edible and California native plants, located in Altadena.

Together Kyra and Scott have a combined 16 years of professional work with native plant gardening. Kyra writes: “Over the last two years we have slowly been transforming the garden into an outdoor living space where we love to spend time. It is also a functioning urban wildlife habitat with an ever-growing number of species of birds, bees, lizards and bugs. Currently, we have over 100 species and cultivars of California native plants. The crux of our practice is eco-system gardening which means taking cues from the natural systems around us — so we use plant communities and other systems in nature to guide the way we garden and the plant placement.”

Because of limited space, the garden tour is limited to 15 people. If you would like to attend, please send an email to Kyra, at She will provide the address to those who will be attending.

Kyra Saegusa is a transplant from Central Texas where she gardened at home with Texas native and edible plants. After moving to Southern California she began her ongoing love affair with California native plants. She worked as the Project Coordinator and Gardener at the Huntington Ranch Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens for over four years where she honed her skills and whetted her curiosity.

Scott Kleinrock is currently Conservation Programs Manager at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District where he shares his knowledge of native plants and landscape best practices with homeowners, professionals, and others in western San Bernardino County. Formerly he worked on landscape design and project management at the Huntington.