Native Garden

The Nipomo Native Garden features plants found growing on the Nipomo Mesa prior to European discovery of California. Plantings are organized in an associative framework to build an educational environment and illustrate plant community dynamics. These organizing principles provide a garden that clearly demonstrates the unique character and rich biological heritage of the Nipomo Mesa.


The Nipomo Native Garden is a 12 acre area in Nipomo, bordered by Pomeroy, Camino Caballo and Osage, that has been preserved within the county parks system as a unique botanical garden. The Nipomo Native Garden was formed in the mid 1990s as a sort of botanical time capsule, a sanctuary for our beleaguered native habitat. The garden provides a vast pallet of educational and research opportunities through the demonstration of an evolving network of plant and animal communities, in short, a native ecological system.

Membership currently stands at several hundred supporters from throughout the county and beyond. With the dedicated efforts of these people, students doing community service, groups such as the California Conservation Corps., Americorps., and Girl Scout volunteers, much progress has been made. Presently the garden includes: marked trails, a complex irrigation system, labeled plants, an illustrated plant and trail guide, owl and bird houses, raptor poles, boggy wetland, and an amphitheater for meetings and BBQs. Members receive a perodic newsletter.


Monthly gardening day is held the first Saturday of each month. It is suggested that volunteers bring gloves, hat, weeding tool or shovel, and sun protection.

Periodic plantings including our annual December big planting. We often follow these Saturday events with a pot luck barbecue. The Nipomo Native Garden supplies the hot dogs and drinks.


Individual membership $10
Family membership $15
Make check payable to SLOPOST-NNG Account. Contributions are tax deductible.
Send to Nipomo Native Garden, 480 Calle Cielo, Nipomo CA 93444
All memberships receive our newsletter.

Please note: We would like to inform teachers that student may earn required community service hours, either at the monthly garden day, or by special projects which we can arrange.


The Nipomo Native Garden is located on the corner of Camino Caballo and Pomeroy Streets across from Nipomo Regional Park. Take the Tefft Street exit from Highway 101, then turn right on Pomeroy.

For further information, contact:
Larry Vierheilig at 929-6710
Charlie Gulyash at 929-3589

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