FAQ: A Sage in Every Garden

What is A Sage in Every Garden?

The California Native Plant Society Orange County chapter (OCCNPS) created A Sage in Every Garden to give away 2,000 four-inch California white sage plants (one per resident which supplies last) to Orange County homeowners beginning November 9, 2022.

How do I get my free white sage plant?

Join OCCNPS at one of 11 events planned beginning November 2022 and running through February 2023.

When and where are the events?

  1. November 9, 2022: OCCNPS Chapter meeting, 6:45 p.m., Norman P. Murray Community Center, Mission Viejo. 96 plants were given away.
  2. November 12, 2022: Tree of Life Nursery Sage Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., San Juan Capistrano, California. 96 plants were given away. This special day celebrated sage. Presenters, special exhibitors, and a food truck were featured all day during the Sage Festival.
  3. November 19, 2022: The Ecology Center, 10 a.m. to noon, San Juan Capistrano. 80 plants were given away.
  4. November 20, 2022 through November 19, 2022: Roger’s Gardens, Corona del Mar, 300 plants have been given away.
  5. November 26, 2022: The Environmental Nature Center, 10 a.m. until noon, Newport Beach. 96 plants will be given away. RESCHEDULED to February 11, 2023.
  6. December 3, 2022: The Fullerton Arboretum, 9 a.m. until noon, Fullerton. 96 plants will be given away. (One per OC resident while supplies last).
  7. January 14, 2023: Nature Interpretive Center, 9:30 a.m. until noon, Dana Point Headlands. 96 plants will be given away. (One per OC resident while supplies last).
  8. January 21, 2023: Orange Home Grown, 10 a.m. until noon, Orange. 96 plants will be given away. (One per resident while supplies last).
  9. January 28, 2023: Heritage Garden, 10 a.m. until noon, Irvine. 96 plants will be given away. (One per resident while supplies last).
  10. February 11, 2023: Environmental Nature Center, 10 a.m. until noon, Newport Beach. 96 plants will be given away. (One per resident while supplies last).
  11. February 19, 2023: Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 a.m. until noon, Costa Mesa. 50 plants will be given away. (One per resident while supplies last).
  12. February 22, 2023: Laguna Beach Garden Club, 9:30 a.m. until noon, Laguna Beach. 80 plants will be given away. (One per resident while supplies last).
  13. February 25, 2023: Shipley Nature Center, 10 a.m. until noon, Huntington Beach. 50 plants will be given away. (One per resident while supplies last).

Why did OCCNPS create A Sage in Every Garden?

Installing California native plants in our home landscapes and public spaces helps birds, wildlife, and pollinators. OCCNPS‘ goals with A Sage in Every Garden are to increase nature-beneficial gardening in every neighborhood, to conserve water use in cities, and to protect white sage in public wildlands.

What is white sage?

White Sage (Salvia apiana) is native to Southern California and Northern Baja California. It grows nowhere else in the world. This silvery accent plant grows three feet wide by three feet tall and flowers from May through July. White sage is aromatic, easy-to-grow, drought-tolerant, and benefits wildlife and native bumble bees.

Is white sage endangered?

Burning white sage smudge sticks has become popularized in movies, television, and social media. People are burning sage bundles in the hope of purifying space and clearing bad energy. Instead of healing, the appropriated use of “sage smudging” is having a devastating impact on our environment. Today, poachers are stealing metric tons of this plant from the wild to supply worldwide demand. An award-winning documentary, Saging the World, spotlights the ecological and cultural issues intertwined with white sage, focusing on the voices of Native advocates who has long protected and cherished this plant. Saging the World is directed by Rose Ramirez, Deborah Small, and David Bryant.

Does OCCNPS have partners for the Sage in Every Garden campaign?

A Sage in Every Garden is paid for and supported by the small treasury of the OCCNPS nonprofit organization, and by volunteers who donate their time to help distribute the plants at events. The campaign is joined by Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar which will also be giving away 1,000 four-inch white sage plants at the nursery beginning in November 2022. The white sage giveaway is also supported in part by Sage Environmental Group.

Goldfinch perches on white sage flower. (E. Wallace)
White sage in autumn. (E. Wallace)
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