Archive for May, 2010

CNPS Orange County – May 2010 eNews

May 15, 2010
In this eNews:
  1. General Meeting, My Favorite Park—Crystal Cove State Park, Thursday, May 20, 2010
  2. Chapter Celebration Preview, Thursday, June 17, 2010

1.  General Meeting –

Please join us on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine (see for directions).  As part of our “Orange County is Special” series, we visit another unique space set aside and protected, for our enjoyment.

  • 6:45 PM doors open, hospitality
  • 7:15 PM Plant ID Table – Bring your plant samples or pictures for ID help or to share at the table.
  • 7:30 PM Main Program: Dave Pryor, My Favorite Park—Crystal Cove State Park

Coast sunflower on "I Think I Can" trail

Crystal Cove State Park is 2,400 acres of mostly undeveloped open space including various woodlands, bluffs, and riparian areas, with over three miles of coastline (and offshore waters are designated as an underwater park.)

With dense oak woodlands, dramatic coastal bluffs, a great trail system, diverse habitats, exceptional coastal views, and rare species, it’s no wonder this park is so special to so many. Many of the Park’s interesting facets will be highlighted including its flora and fauna, a review of restoration efforts (and missteps) and a discussion on land use history.

The Historic District of beach cottages will receive its own discussion regarding their preservation and rehabilitation—from a botanist’s perspective.

Monkeyflower, April/May at Crystal Cove

David Pryor is Senior Environmental Scientist with the Orange Coast District of California State Parks. Mr. Pryor has a love of the Orange County coast and has been head of Natural Resources in parks for the last 18 years. He has responsibility for the Least Tern Natural Preserve at Huntington State Beach, wildfires and prescriptive burns, erosion events and control, California gnatcatcher and cactus wren monitoring, nine threatened and endangered species at San Onofre State Beach, and much more. He also oversees the many restoration efforts in progress, and is responsible for habitat enhancements on over 4000 acres and 17 miles of coastline.

1.  Chapter Celebration Preview –

Mark the times for the June 17 chapter celebration on your calendar!  At 5:30, gather for an optional bird walk in the San Joaquin marsh.  At 6:30, the silent auction will commence, food will be served, and a silent slideshow of chapter activities throughout the year will play.  At 7:30, we will award the chapter’s Native Perennial award to a surprise worthy chapter volunteer, and our main speaker, Bob Perry, will give his presentation on “Native Landscapes—Reflecting Experience and Vision”.  After the talk, Raffle!, and also book signing of Landscape Plants for California Gardens. More details will be forthcoming in next month’s eNews.

You can help by remembering to:

  • Bring your photos from the past year’s chapter activities to the May 20th meeting, and give them to Celia Kutcher on CD or DVD, in .jpg format, less than 1MB in size, and please identify the people, places and plants in your photos as much as possible.  Don’t forget those great garden tour photos!
  • Bring your potential raffle or auction items to the May 20th meeting, and give them to any board member.  Books, art, notecards, etc….  contact Kathy Glendinning with questions at  You will receive two free raffle tickets at the June meeting as our thanks for donating items.
  • Volunteer to help the night of the meeting – contact Laura Camp for details at

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