CNPS-Orange County News, February 2010

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In this eNews:
  1. General Meeting, Thursday, February 18, 2010
  2. Nature Walks

1.  General Meeting – Native Trees for Urban Gardens, with Lili Singer

The weather has cleared, and our meeting place has re-opened! Please join us this Thursday night, February 18, 2010 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (see http://occnps.org/ for directions):

6:45 PM Doors Open, Hospitality, Book Sales

7:00 PM Native Plant ID and Garden tour signups – see below for details

7:30 PM Main Program: Lili Singer, Native Trees for Urban Gardens

Trees are the heart of the landscape, and there’s a native tree for every size garden. In addition to beauty, shade, and color, trees provide habitat for native wildlife. Learn which tree species are right for your garden, how to plant and keep them healthy, and how to select companion plants. This illustrated lecture will include helpful handouts.

Lili Singer is a horticulturist, educator and garden writer (most recently for the LA Times), and the special projects coordinator for the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants in Sun Valley, CA. She published and edited two award-winning periodicals, The Southern California Gardener andThe Gardener’s Companion, and for more than a decade hosted “The Garden Show,” a live call-in radio program on KCRW-FM. A southern California native herself, this engaging and knowledgeable speaker lives and gardens on one-third acre of tree-shaded land in Van Nuys.

Elderberry tree in the Sarkissian Garden, photo by Nancy Heuler

Prior to the main program, please join us for hospitality, book sales and snacks.  We will have an identification table with native plant samples, or bring your own identification questions or samples to share.  Another table will feature our May 8, 2010 garden tour and volunteer sign ups.

2.  Nature Walks

Pre-register for the nature hike via email Rich Schilk, birdguy@naturalista.net.  Rich will provide directions and answer any questions.

New this year, our nature walks are designed as an introduction to common plants in our area, and their relationship to the rest of our natural environment. Leaders are members of the California Native Plant Society or sister organizations.  These walks are ideal for new members and friends who are just beginning their appreciation for our native habitats.  Rain within 24 hours cancels the event.

Saturday, February 20, 9:00 AM: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, San Juan Capistrano

From the park website: [this] “8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve [is] nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains.” Stroll with us through groves of native Coast Live Oak and California Sycamore. Prepare to get your feet wet if streams are still running. In addition to plant identification, you will learn about the history and ecology of the area. The park admission fee is $5.00 per vehicle.

Saturday, March 6, 10:00 AM: San Mateo Marsh at Trestles, San Clemente

This fresh-water marsh is a now-rare habitat at the mouth of one of Southern California’s very few remaining free-running watersheds. We will amble around the marsh’s perimeter on mostly-level trail (some along the beach), looking at the riparian, estuarine and other vegetation types, as well as early wildflowers. We’ll probably take a snack/lunch break along the way.

**Please Note:  The Trout Journey part I trip on February 6th was cancelled due to rain, and therefore the follow-up trips on February 27 and March 27 have also been cancelled.

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