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Explore Reata Park’s California-native plants Saturday, Oct. 25 with Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens

Marianne Taylor
Marianne Taylor

By Marianne Taylor

Go take a hike. That is, go take a hike at the Reata Park and Event Center—San Juan Capistrano’s newest open-space park acquired by residents through a bond measure.

Reata Park is a 14-acre recreational area filled with more than 20,000 drought-tolerant, California-native plants. There are nearly 250 species of plants providing homes to beneficial habitats, pollinators and plenty of natural trails for walking, hiking, horseback riding and bike paths for outdoor enthusiasts.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens will host the first interpretive garden walk and talk at Reata Park. The event is free to the public. Bring the family, walk the dog and join us for a lovely day at the park. Come listen to stories of ranches and farms of yesteryear and take with you a story of connection, conservation and preservation.

Reata Park is one of the most significant botanical resources in Southern California.

The various themed gardens will make it easier for homeowners, cities, planners and architects to envision and incorporate native plantings into their own projects.

With California’s dire drought conditions, no time has been better to make changes in our landscape. Experience the diversity of the themed gardens, which attract a variety of beneficial pollinators, hummingbirds, butterfly’s bees, frogs and lizards as John Muir called “our fellow mortals.” You will learn the benefits of these “mortals” for your own garden.

The San Juan Creek is so close to the park’s trails there are opportunities for bird watching and wildlife observation. You’ll find benches and places to stroll, sit and observe, areas to explore with the kids, places to read, daydream, sketch, picnic, photograph or to contemplate and place to read, relax and heal.

Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens is a nonprofit organization that specializes in helping people of all ages, abilities and background to physically or emotionally heal in the garden. Goin Native is a presence in the Los Rios Park every Thursday morning working with the adult transition workability program from the Capistrano Unified School District to care for the certified butterfly gardens and the endangered Monarch butterfly around the Montanez Adobe.

Additionally, Goin Native will present free programs and tours every month at Reata Park.

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Marianne Taylor is a 24-year resident of San Juan Capistrano, in the Los Rios Historic District. She is married to City Councilman John Taylor and mother to 24-year-old Harrison and 16-year-old Claire.

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