Arroyo Hondo Preserve Herb Walk and Native Plant Sale | Saturday 6-2-18

Event Details

Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer is pleased to announce an herb walk and native plant sale at Arroyo Hondo Preserve on Saturday, June 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Considered by many to be the jewel of the Gaviota Coast, the preserve is managed by The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and features a year-round creek surrounded by coastal chaparral and grassland. It is where the Chumash village of Tuxmu was once located. The herb walk will take place on Saturday, June 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

The plant diversity at Arroyo Hondo is exceptional. In the creekside riparian habitat the group will see a wide array of Southern California native trees including White Alder, California Bay, Blue Elderberry and Bigleaf Maple, among others. The creek is also home to California Newts. Under the canopy they’ll look for Giant Horsetail, Humboldt Lily, Stream Orchid, Hummingbird Sage, and Giant Chain Ferns. In the sunnier chaparral areas Toyon, Black Sage, Coastal Sagebrush and Greenbark Ceanothus are thriving. 

The day will start with a 2-stage carpool. First, at 9 a.m., those in Ojai will meet at Maricopa Plaza to carpool to 23 S. Hope Avenue in Santa Barbara where they will meet the Santa Barbara, Ventura, and other contingents arriving via Highway 101. Then at 10 a.m. the combined groups will carpool from there about 30 minutes up the coast to Arroyo Hondo Preserve. All carpools are optional.

Group crossing Arroyo Hondo Creek, Photo by Linda Blue

After some easy walking, identifying plants, and stopping for a lunch break, a private, direct-from-the-grower, native plant sale will be hosted by Santa Barbara Natives (SBN), a beautiful native plant nursery managed by Arroyo Hondo Preserve Manager John Warner. SBN carries an inventory of about 100 of the most popular local California native plants. John will bring a selection of those seen on the walk. People who register in advance will have the opportunity to request specific plants.

The cost is $25. Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Toddlers must be in a carrier. No dogs or smoking, please. To register or for more information, visit or call 805-646-6281. 

Once registered, participants will receive an email with more information and directions to Arroyo Hondo. Participants will receive an email afterwards with notes and a complete list of all plants and animals observed.


  • Arroyo Hondo Preserve Herb Walk and Native Plant Sale with Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer and grower John Warner        
  • Saturday, June 2, 2018   10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Identify edible and medicinal plants of the Gaviota Coast, learn ecology of Arroyo Hondo Preserve, buy native plants direct from the grower
  • Cost: $25. Kids 5-12 free, one per adult, by arrangement.

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