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Living with Native Plants: Native Plant Teas

by Deb Shaw

600 E Memory Lane Santa Ana Ca, 92705

Back to Natives Restoration is hosting a workshop focused on the preparation of immune-boosting teas and rejuvenating foot soaks from locally native plants. The workshop will be held on:

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1 – 3 pm at the Back to Natives nursery Cost: $15.00 per person, your own cup required

Craig Torres, a Native American Tongva descendant, will teach participants how to use native plants in teas and soaks. For thousands of years the Tongva of the Los Angeles basin relied on native plants for food, clothing, shelter and medicine. This reciprocal relationship between plants, animals and humans has continued throughout the generations.

Craig will talk about the uses of different native plant teas, including White Sage (and other sages), Wild Rose (Petals, Blossoms, and Hips), Elderberry (Blossoms and Berries), Yerba Santa, Yerba Buena, and California Juniper. Come prepared to sample (be sure to bring a cup). Craig will discuss proper protocol and etiquette for harvesting as well as growing natives in your own landscape. Native plants will be available for sale if you would like to purchase any.

Fee: $15/person. Proceeds go directly to habitat restoration projects. Prepayment is required. RSVP and pay at

The workshop will be held at the Back to Natives nursery in Santa Ana, California. Once you know how to get there, it’s easy to find, but can be difficult until you do. The nursery is located in the Santiago Park Nature Reserve, close to the intersection of the 5 and 22 Freeways, near the Main Place shopping mall. The closest address to the nursery is 600 East Memory Lane, Santa Ana California, 92705. If you use your GPS and go to this address, however, you will get lost!

The Google links are more precise: Google Link (from the 5 fwy): Google Link (from the 22 fwy):

Once you are on Memory Lane, turn in at the Santiago Nature Reserve Sign, drive past the Nature Center and park at the overpass. As always, carpooling is recommended.

Look for the sign to the Santiago Park Nature Reserve to turn in from Memory Lane

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