Archive for January, 2011

Native Plant Gardening Talk and BIG YEAR – CNPS OC

January 15, 2011

In this email:

  1. General Meeting, Thursday, January 20, 2011
  2. BIG YEAR – Santa Ana Mountains Native Plant Hunt

1.  General Meeting – How to Keep ’em Going

Please join us this Thursday night, January 20, 2011 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (NEW Directions here):

  • 6:45 PM-  Doors Open – Hospitality, Interest Tables, 4″ potted Wildflowers for sale
  • 7:30 PM- Main Program:  Now you have planted it, how to help it grow, Speaker: Barbara Eisenstein

You have chosen your native plants, decided how to arrange them, and installed them properly. Now what? Now that they are in the ground, you need to know how to get them off to the best start you can! This presentation concentrates almost entirely on proper care for newly planted California natives. You will learn what the establishment period is, and how to care for your young plants as they make the transition from nursery conditions to your garden. This is of great value to those of us who have planted or added plants to our garden this last fall or early winter!

The always informative and entertaining Barbara Eisenstein is a California native plant gardener, horticulturist, writer and blogger, living in South Pasadena and gardening with her dog Milo. Former garden expert for the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hotline, Barbara is currently a Research Associate at Rancho and a board member of the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of CNPS. No matter how old your garden is you will not want to miss this talk!

If you can help with setup of hospitality or with a contribution of food, please contact Sarah Jayne at Also, help with setup of tables and chairs is welcomed starting at 6:15 pm.

SAVE THE DATE: February 17, 2011California Native Plant Galls
Speaker: Dr. Peter Bryant

2.  SAMBY – Santa Ana Mountains Big Year

California adder's tongue fern on Temple Hill

Are you excited about the Big Year yet? You will be once you read this description by Bob Allen, our chapter’s Plant Science team leader.  We hope you will want to follow along and participate, and we invite you to subscribe to the SAMBY blog via RSS feed, or send your email to  You will be hearing much more about this in future weeks and months.

Already the year has started out with a bang with the rediscovery of Ophioglossum californicum in Laguna Beach.  Read all about it here.

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