Archive for March, 2009

CNPS Orange County News – March 2009

March 13, 2009

In this Email:

1.      At Home With Natives Symposium, March 28, 2009

2.     But First….General Meeting, March 19, 2009

1.  At Home With Natives:  Creating and maintaining an authentic California landscape, Saturday, March 28, 2009

This all-day event at Golden West College in Huntington Beach is coming up fast, and space is limited, so sign up now.  We promise you’ll be glad you spent your Saturday learning from the expert speakers and touring the beautiful native garden.

Registration Fee:         $45.00 – Lunch included, or $35.00 for Friends of GWC Native Garden & CNPS members.

Registration materials and more information can be found on our website.  Go to, and click on the Symposium links on the left.  Register today!

Many thanks to the sponsors:  Orange County Chapter of CNPS (that’s us!), Golden West College and Tree of Life Nursery.


Golden West College Native Garden

Golden West College Native Garden

Here’s the complete program to tempt you further.  Bring a friend!

Golden West College, Math/Science, Room 123

8:00-8:45 • Registration & Morning Refreshments

8:45-9:00 • Welcome – Dan Songster, Director of the Golden West College Native Garden; Bonnie Roohk,  Dean of Math/Sciences, Golden West College; Laura Camp,  President, Orange County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

9:00-10:00 Dan Songster. GWC Native Garden – Horticultural Lessons learned over thirty years.

10:00-10:15 • Morning break

10:15-11:15 Debbie Evans, Marketing Coordinator, Tree of Life Nursery, San Juan Capistrano. Hillsides to Hedges – Natives for specific landscape situations.

11:15-12:15 Bart O’Brien, Senior Staff Research Associate, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Our premier native plant expert, popular speaker & workshop presenter. Springtime Blues to Fiery falls – Seasons of color in the native garden.

12:15-1:30 • Box lunch & visiting in the Garden. Concurrent book & plant sales.

1:30-2:30 Barbara Eisenstein, Horticultural Outreach Coordinator, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Equal parts nuts, bolts & inspiration: How to convert your yard into a native paradise.

2:30-4:00 • In the Golden West College Native Garden. Dan Songster & Celia Kutcher will lead tours focusing on practical design & maintenance issues related to almost any native garden-even yours!  The group will be split in half, and 45 minutes will be spent with Dan on Design Tips, and 45 minutes with Celia on Maintenance Tips.

4:00-5:00 • End of Symposium Social. Adjourn to Garden for cookies, tea, plant, & book sales.

2.  But First….our General Meeting, Thursday, March 19, 2009

LOCATION and TIME of meeting:

Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine

(see for directions)

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Main program at 7:30 pm

Plant Identification Workshop

Want to learn Dick Newell’s secret for identifying willows? Curious about what’s become of Monkey Flowers and other former Scroph family members? Anxious about Asteraceae ID?

We will provide an assortment of local plant material, along with plant guides, hand lenses, a dissecting microscope for close-ups.  Six tables will be set up with opportunities to rotate around the room, learn from and talk to the experts.

This will be an informal meeting, gathered around tables examining plants. Bring your own plants to identify or examine more closely if you’d like.  What could be more pleasant?


Dick Newell teaches at Starr Ranch field trip

Dick Newell teaches at Starr Ranch field trip

Final Notes…..

  • You may have noticed our new banner above, designed by Daniel Evans of Flipside Graphic Design in San Clemente.  Thank you, Danny!
  • Don’t forget our field trips, there are many this spring, and the wildflowers are looking great out there.  Check our website for more details.  Go to, and click on the March/April newsletter link on the left.
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