Archive for October, 2010

CNPS Orange County News – October 2010

October 17, 2010
In this eNews:
  1. General Meeting, Indulging Our Senses in the Native Garden, Speaker: Carol Bornstein Thursday, October 21
  2. Plant Sale – Profits benefit our Chapter – Saturday, October 23
  3. Recent Outreach and Education Report

1. General Meeting: “Indulging Our Senses in the Native Garden” with Carol Bornstein

Please join us on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine.  Directions Here.

  • 6:45 pm – Doors Open, Hospitality
  • 7:00 pm – Interest Centers: Research, Grow, Explore and Protect OC.
  • 7:25 pm – Special Guest:  Tara Hansen, Executive Director of CNPS, Mission and Vision of CNPS.
  • 7:35 pm – Main Program

Hospitality and Setup: After several years of great service, our Hospitality chair, Dee Epley, has taken a well-earned break.  Sarah Jayne will be handling snacks and drinks for this month.  If you can help with a beverage or a snack item, please contact Sarah at, and bring it to the Duck Club at 6:30.

We expect a full house for this talk, and suggest you arrive before 7:15 for best seating.  If you would like to get your exercise moving a few tables and chairs, we would welcome help with room setup starting at 6:15 pm.

Interest Centers: Plant identification is just the beginning as we share four informational tables: Research OC (Plant Science, Education and Rare Plants), Grow OC (Native Gardening & Horticulture), Protect OC (Conservation) and Explore OC (Field Trips, Outdoor Activities & Fun).  We welcome your interaction with our expert volunteers as we explore together the different aspects of California Native Plants.

Main Program: Join us as one of California’s leading experts on gardening with native plants, Carol Bornstein shares her thoughts on some of the less obvious merits of her favorite natives.  “A garden filled with California native plants can be so much more than eye candy,” she says. “There are many compelling reasons to landscape with natives in addition to their colorful flowers.”

In Carol’s illustrated talk, she will highlight natives which stimulate our tactile, audio, olfactory and even gustatory pleasure points. Carol Bornstein is one of Southern California’s most highly respected native plant specialists. She co-authored the award-winning book, California Native Plants for the Garden, with Dave Fross and Bart O’Brien and has collaborated with them and Cachuma Press on their new book, Reimagining the California Lawn: Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs, to be released in early 2011. Carol earned her B.S. in Botany from the University of Michigan and her M.S. in Horticulture from Michigan State University and was horticulturist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden for 28 years.  She currently divides her time between designing gardens, providing horticultural consultation, and writing about native plants and gardening in California’s Mediterranean climate.


Note: We will have California Native Plants for the Garden for sale. Carol will be available after her talk to sign your copy.

2. Fall Plant Sale!!  Be There!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tree of Life Nursery, San Juan Capistrano

The nursery has been stocked with great plants, and once again will host our fall fundraiser.  The chapter volunteers and Tree of Life staff are ready to answer your questions and help with the fall planting in your yard. The net profits of all plant sales for the day will be donated to the Orange County Chapter.

Members, renew your membership at the plant sale and receive a $5 off coupon towards your plant purchases.  New members signed up at the plant sale ($45 level) will receive a quality canvas shopping bag as well.

Special Guest Speaker at the Plant Sale:  Barbara Eisenstein.  Don’t miss Barbara’s talk at 10:00 am on Picking Native Plants for a Carefree Garden. Barbara is an avid gardener , teacher, and a superb blogger: Truly a valuable asset to the native gardening world, Barbara knows how to garden with these plants, the ‘do’s the don’ts’ and best of all, the rewards. A talented photographer, Barbara’s talk will be sure to promise stunning images and high quality information about picking the right plants for your garden!

3. Recent Outreach and Education Report

On Saturday, October 2nd, we held our first Maintenance workshop on Planting and Pruning.  Check out the great pictures and other information about our outing at the Golden West College Native Garden. The workshop was a great success, so look for more opportunities for in-the-garden learning in the future.

Saturday, October 9th found us with booths at Date with Nature, and Saturday, September 25th we were at the Laguna Beach Water District Info/Expo.  Thanks to volunteers Gene Ratcliffe, Jennifer Mabley, Laura Camp, Sarah Jayne and Celia Kutcher.

On Saturday, November 20, we will be manning a booth at the Mason Regional Park Flutterby event from 10-2.  Three board members have already volunteered, and we could use one or two others (Irvine residents?) to help us reach out to the public, children and adults.  It’s fun and easy, and experienced CNPS members will be on hand to help.  Contact Laura Camp at if you want any further information.


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