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Urban Paradise Guild – El Portal Chapter

Dear Neighbors:

Now that the weather will be cooler, the Urban Paradise Guild El Portal Chapter will begin our monthly meetings. Our next event is set for September 25, 2011 from 9:00 AM -11:00 AM and we will be transporting some of our plants from our local El Portal home nursery’s to our UPG Partner nursery at the Montgomery Botanical Center located at 11901 Old Cutler Road. Volunteers will get a behind the scenes visit to the Montgomery Botanical Center. Montgomery began life in the mid 1920’s as the home of Colonel Montgomery, an botany enthusiast and collector. It is now operated by a private Foundation. David Fairchild worked at Montgomery, and the Foundation played a pivotal role in the creation of Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. Families/kids/seniors are welcome! (We can work out carpools for those without transportation.)

September 25, 2011
El Portal
This is a special event which starts in El Portal, goes to Montgomery, and ends in El Portal.

1. Migrate plants from small nurseries in UPG El Portal to UPG Montgomery.
2. Intake plants, including transplanting, mulching, weeding, layout, etc.

Provisional Schedule (subject to confirmation and adjustment)
9:00 am Load plants at UPG EP Nurserita #1
9:45 am Load plants at UPG EP Nurserita #2
10:30 am Depart El Portal
11:00 am Arrive at UPG Montgomery Nursery

  • Unload plants
  • Step up, weed & compost as needed
  • Place in Full Sun or Shade depending on the condition
  • Break for lunch when it feels right

2:00 pm -ish Tour the Atala Butterfly source area (UPG is re-introducing these Threatened butterflies at Vizcaya, and more sites soon). Depart Montgomery.
3:00 pm Back in El Portal, planning meeting with UPG EP Staff & Sam

Florence – Chief Steward of UPG El Portal with key members Ruth Santos & Zita Blatter
Bonnie – UPG Montgomery Nursery Manager

RSVPAbsolutely required.
The El Portal parts happen at private addresses (not published here), and the Montgomery nursery can be hard to find.

Please prepare yourself properly with…

  • Water Bottle (refillable)
  • Favorite sun-block & bug spray
  • Closed-toe shoes or boots
  • Gardening gloves (or use ours)
  • Dress for working in the heat

TOOLS & Materials provided by UPG:

  • Endless Ice Water
  • Shovels
  • Soil
  • Mulch
  • Native plants
  • Veggies
  • Seeds
  • and other tools and materials as needed

Please RSVP to if you plan to come. The nursery can be hard to find, so I will send you our map and my cell# to make sure you can join us. Include the date and place.
Example: “RSVP for Montgomery 5/21/11”

Please see for driving directions and other important info.


Sep 25 2011


9:00 am - 3:00 pm