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Plant Right Initiative by California Horticulture

Plant Right by the horticultural community prevents invasive plant introductions through landscaping and gardening

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invasive plants in California Most of the plants used in landscaping do not invade or harm wildland areas. But a few vigorous species can - and do - escape from cultivation into open landscapes and cause a variety of ecological problems. They crowd out native plants, insects and animals, and can lead to increased flooding, fire and crop losses.

A few simple steps can prevent invasions before they start. We can be an environmentally responsible community - one that supports horticultural businesses and beautiful gardens!

  1. Phase out invasive plant species in your business
  2. Plant and promote beautiful non-invasive alternatives
  3. Share your success stories
  4. Follow the national voluntary codes of conduct to prevent horticultural invasions

PlantRight is a voluntary, proactive program for the horticultural community to prevent invasive plant introductions through horticulture. PlantRight was designed by the steering committee of California Horticultural Invasives Prevention (Cal-HIP) partnership to communicate the need to transition away from invasive plants in the gardening and landscaping trade.

Since 2004, Cal-HIP has brought together leaders from all sectors of the horticulture industry with environmental groups, public gardens and arboreta, scientists, and government agencies to collaborate and find practical, lasting solutions. Cal-HIP brings you the best information based on credible scientific research, and we invite the entire California horticulture industry to join in the effort to PlantRight!

Cal-HIP Steering Committee

  • Carl Bell , UC Cooperative Extension, San Diego
  • Bethallyn Black, UC Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners Program
  • Holly Crosson, University of California, Davis Arboretum
  • Jennifer L. Chandler, Landscape Architect, American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Maureen Decombe, Association of Landscape Design Professionals
  • Bob Falconer, California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers
  • Jim Folsom, Huntington Botanical Gardens
  • Andrea Fox, California Farm Bureau Federation
  • Kent Gordon England, California Landscape Contractors Association
  • Angel Guerzon, Landscape Designer; California Native Plant Society
  • Doug Johnson, California Invasive Plant Council
  • Betsy Peterson, California State Floral Association
  • Mary Pfeiffer, California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association
  • John Randall, The Nature Conservancy
  • Craig Reggelbrugge, American Nursery and Landscape Association
  • Sarah Reichard, University of Washington
  • Nicholas Staddon, Monrovia Growers
  • Pat Thalken, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Carolyn Villa-Scott, Yamagami's Nursery, Horticultural Consultant

PlantRight Project Manager by email, phone, or mail:
Phone: 415.977.0380 ext. 373
Address: Sustainable Conservation, 98 Battery Street Suite 302 San Francisco CA 94111, Attn: PlantRight Project Manager

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