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We give back to the community by creating, caring for and maintaining sustainable public butterfly gardens for all to enjoy.

We help people and plants thrive together through our weekly park programs:

Los Rios Park Garden Angels: Caring for the certified butterfly garden while educating, equipping and encouraging all people to connect in nature, promoting well-being.

Helping Create Vocational Opportunities: Assisting the adult developmentally disabled garden angels find meaningful vocational opportunities.

Casa de Amma: Our garden partner, we are creating “plant to plate” programs for residents while creating experiences & vocational opportunities.


fill a need

 Your generosity keeps us going and growing. As a garden is forever changing so are our seasonal needs. Here is a list to help us on our way. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

  • Host and Nectar Plants

  • Garden Tools

  • Mulch

  • Aprons and Gloves

  • General operational support

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Board Members

MARY CRAWFORD, Chair- Retired

YVONNE MURAI, Secretary- Farmer

PAT KENNER, Board Treasurer- Accountant

BENAFSHA ABASSI, Board Member- CEO, Breeze

PATTI BISHOP, Board Member-Retired

JERRY MUIR, Board Member- Architect

JERRY NEVE, Board Member- Retired

RYAN PEREZ, Board Member- CEO, OC Bridges

MARCOS REYES, Board Member- Vice President & Branch Manager, Farmers and Merchant Bank

RICHARD BEAS, Advisory Board Member- Restaurant Owner, Ricardo’s Place

ROBERT FARNSWORTH, Advisory Board Member- Chair of Horticulture & Landscape Design at Saddleback College

ANALEE KREDEL, Advisory Board Member-Chief of Special Education, Orange Country Department of Education

DR. MOZELLE SUKUT, Advisory Board Member- Author, Artist, Historian

MARIANNE TAYLOR, Founder of Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens


Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens Board Members are dedicated professionals. Our personal goals and collaborative efforts together keep us striving and thriving to connect community to nature and personal wellbeing.

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