Capistrano Dispatch | Going Green: the Local Scene

Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens was highlighted by Brian Park and Andrea Swayne at the Capistrano Dispatch as part of the local green scene in San Juan Capistrano.  We're happy to be part of the movement!  Join us at one of our upcoming programs! Goin Native’s Garden Angel volunteers visit Los Rios Park twice a month to help care for more than 50 plant species in the 6.5-acre park. Photo by Brian Park

In 2009, after 30 years as a hairdresser, Marianne Taylor decided to make a style change of her own by turning her passion for gardening into her new life’s work.

With help from a business partner, Taylor started Goin Native, a series of gardening classes from a small property near her home in the Los Rios Historic District in San Juan Capistrano.

“The mission statement is to get people aware of sustainability and get them involved in the garden,” Taylor said. “I call myself a teacher and a ‘dirt therapist’ because you learn a lot about yourself when you get your hands in the dirt.”