Mike Evans
Mike Evans was born and raised in Southern California and demonstrated an early love for the outdoors. He worked with several nurseries, both retail and wholesale, before establishing Tree of Life Nursery in 1976. The nursery specializes in native California plants and supports a style of authentic horticulture, specifically the concept of appropriate landscaping with native plants.

Mike is affiliated with numerous conservation, horticultural, and botanical organizations. He has served as past president of the Western Region of International Plant Propagators Society and of the California Society for Ecological Restoration. Mike is a leader in water conservation efforts and was a founding member of the Xeriscape Committee through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. In addition, he has been active in the California Native Plant Society, the California Botanical Society, and The Nature Conservancy. In addition to his position on the SJC Open Space Foundation Board of Directors, he is Chairman of the Board for The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, a nearly 20,000-acre land conservancy in south Orange County.

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