Landscaping with native plants is lecture topic

Discover insects, birds, animals and the native plants that support them at a lecture and plant sale at Rancho Los Cerritos today.

Mike Evans talks about the nuts and bolts of getting California native plants to thrive. Evans has been a longtime proponent of a natural landscape and comes from Tree Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano, the largest native plant supplier in California. The gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the cost is $3 for members and students; $5 for nonmembers and includes light refreshments.

It’s part of the 2009 Winter Lecture Series at Rancho Los Cerritos historic site that is exploring the Southern California environment. The four-part series runs through April.

Mark your calendars for March 21 to attend a presentation on "The Birds of Spring" and April 18 as "The Nature of Wildworks" brings you up close and personal to amazing birds and mammals native to the Golden State.

The rancho is at 4600 Virginia Road. For information or to make reservations, call 562-570-1755 or visit