Archive for April, 2009

CNPS Orange County News – April 2009

April 11, 2009

1.      General Meeting:  April 16, 2009

2.     Garden Tour:  May 2, 2009

3.     Outreach Events: Join Us!

1.   General Meeting:  Thursday, April 16, 2009

Please note SPECIAL location – We are NOT at the Duck Club this month!

LOCATION of meeting:  Fullerton Arboretum and Oak Hall, Campus of Cal State Fullerton

Directions to the Fullerton Arboretum:
North 57 – Exit Yorba Linda, turn left (west) South 57 – Exit Yorba Linda, turn right (west) • Exit Yorba Linda Blvd from 57 Freeway and proceed west • Turn Left (south) on Associated (first left turn at the signal) • Proceed to the Arboretum parking lot (2nd left) • Follow signs to free parking (noted in yellow) • Meet at Oak Hall

Heteromeles arbutifolia v. cerina 'Claremont' in Fullerton Arboretum

Heteromeles arbutifolia v. cerina 'Claremont' in Fullerton Arboretum

6:45-7:30 pm – Tour of Arboretum native plant areas – guided by Chris Barnhill

7:30 pm –  Main Program

Fire on the Island: Challenges and rewards

Speaker: Carlos de la Rosa, Ph.D.

Join us as Carlos de la Rosa of the Catalina Island Conservancy gives us a look at the fire history of Catalina, the effect of the two most recent fires including the devastating fire of 2007, which burned about 4800 acres (one tenth of the island!) of chaparral, grassland, rare coastal sage scrub, and oak woodland, as well as the effects of the non-native animals, including tourists, upon recovery efforts and directions.

Dr. de la Rosa is not a botanist, so his talk will range widely, touching upon all the aspects of fire and recovery. He states, “…the issues surrounding California wildfires are much more than botanical, but have strong social and economic elements of interest to all California residents.”

2.  Garden Tour:  Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sarkissian Garden in Trabuco Canyon

Are you looking for ideas and inspiration for your native garden?  Then don’t miss this opportunity.  You are invited to tour the garden that won Best Native Plant Garden and Grand Prize, Best Garden in Roger’s Gardens 2008 California Friendly Garden Contest.

Two guided tours of the Sarkissian garden in Silverado Canyon will be offered – one at 10 AM and one at 2 PM., Saturday, May 2. NOW is the time to email to reserve a spot. Be sure to state which tour time you prefer. You will receive directions with your confirmation notice.

Sarkissian garden

Sarkissian garden

3.  Outreach Events:  April 2009

The Orange County Chapter of CNPS will be manning the booths and reaching out to the public at these events:

·      Green Scene, Fullerton Arboretum, April 18-19, 209

·      South Coast Plaza Garden Show, April 22-26, 2009 

Email Laura Camp at if you can help with these events.  And if you visit, look for us and our new 8-foot tall banner, thanks to photos by Bob Allen and Laura Camp, and design by Flipside Graphic Design:



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