• Murdock's Native Garden is the result of the vision of former  Principal Tina Sardina (principal at Murdock from 2004-2009).
     
    This article published in the San Diego Union-Tribune (February 9, 2008 -- "Class Moves Outdoors: American Indian Culture Inspires Interactive Garden") describes the purpose of the native garden as an outdoor learning center and refers to the many people who helped make the garden a reality.
     
    Arranged according to three habitats (Mountain, Chaparral, Desert), the native garden follows along the beautifully painted outer walls of the Murdock media center.
     
    Here is a list of the native plants that appear in each of the habitat areas. We are looking for volunteers to create plant identification markers to be placed next to each of the plants. If this is something your family, scout group, or organization would like to help with, please let the school office know!
     
    MOUNTAIN HABITAT
    Pinus quadrifolia (parry pinyon)
    Rhus trilobata (skunkbush)
    Ceanthus leucodermis (chaparral whitethorn)
    Arctost aphylos pungens (point leaf manzanita)
    Garrya flavescens (silk tassel)
    Arctostaphylos glandulosa (manzanita)
     
    CHAPARRAL HABITAT
    Mimulus aurantiacus (red bush monkeyflower)
    Adenostoma fasciculatum (chamise)
    Epilobium canum (California fuchsia)
    Muhlenbergia rigens (basket grass)
    Sambucus mexicana (elderberry)
    Salvia mellifera (black sage)
    Cercocarpus minutiflorus (coast mountain mahogany)
    Salvia apiana (white sage)
    Heteromeles arbutifolia (toyon)
    Isomeris arborea (bladderpod)
    Xylococcus bicolor (mission manzanita)
    Artemisia californica (California sagebrush)
    Ribes speciocum (fuchsia flowering gooseberry)
    Malosma laurina (laurel sumac)
    Camissonia cheiranthifolia
    Rhus integrifolia (lemonadeberry)
    Ceanothus (mountain lilac)
     
    DESERT HABITAT
    Palo verde
    Yucca schidigera (mohave yucca)
    Opuntia pvolifera (coastal cholla)
    Dudleya pulverulenta (chalk's lettuce or deer's tongue)