Archive for April, 2011

April brings Native Plant Week and much more!

April 14, 2011

In this email:

  1. General Meeting, Thursday, April 21, 2011
  2. California Native Plant Week, April 16-24, 2011
  3. Green Scene and other Outreach – Help Needed!
  4. Native Garden Tour, May 7, 2011
  5. June celebration / Silent Auction

1. General Meeting – A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California,  Presentation and Book Signing by Laura Cunningham

Please join us this Thursday night, April 21, 2011 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (Directions here).  If you can help with setup of hospitality or with a contribution of food, please contact Nancy Heuler at Also, help with setup of tables and chairs is welcomed starting at 6:15 pm. THANK YOU to all the members who have chipped in to help.

  • 6:45 PM –  Doors Open for Food, Fellowship
  • 7:00 PM – Interest Centers (Don’t Miss – Poetry at the Explore table!)
  • 7:30 PM- Main Program:  A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California with speaker Laura Cunningham

From scouting native plants in a parking lot to observing grizzly bears, Laura Cunningham spent over two decades of biological, paleontological, and historical research to bring an all-but-forgotten world to life: California as it was before European contact. We invite you to explore Old California (with close attention paid to Orange County!) with Laura through this slideshow and book signing event. This will be a presentation you will be thinking about for days. With the clarity of a scientist and the passion of an artist, Laura will guide us through then-and-now images of California landscapes.

Laura Cunningham, an artist and naturalist, studied paleontology and biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked at various field biology jobs for the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other organizations. Simultaneously, she has been studying and painting California’s historic and living wildlife, flora, and unique landscapes. She lives on a ranch next to Death Valley National Park, where she cofounded the group Basin and Range Watch to explore the historical ecology of the desert ecosystems of California and Nevada, and to protect them. Laura’s Book, “A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California” will be on hand to purchase and she will be signing books before and after the presentation.

2. California Native Plant Week is almost here!

The inaugural California Native Plant Week is April 16-24, 2011.  Please check out all the exciting events in Orange County listed here on our website.  Please check the CNPS state website for more information about California Native Plant Week and for a list of statewide events.

Here’s just one of the great events – a celebration at the Golden West College Native Garden:  Garden tour and poetry readings with refreshments.

3. Green Scene, South Coast Plaza, other outreach – help needed!

We will be manning the booths at the following events.  Do you have a friendly face and the willingness to share your love for native plants?  We could use some extra hands.  Experienced volunteers are already scheduled for all events, so no past experience is necessary.  Contact Jennifer Mabley <>for South Coast Plaza and Laura Camp <> for Green Scene and all other events.

  • Green Scene, Fullerton Arboretum, help needed to man the booth on Saturday, 4/16 9 am-1 pm, and to help tear down the booth on Sunday, 4/17 from 4:00-5:30 pm.  North County people, we need you this weekend – contact Laura Camp at before 5pm on Friday 4/15.
  • South Coast Plaza garden show, 4/28 & 4/29 10 am-9 pm, 4/30 10 am – 8 pm, 5/1 11 am-6:30 pm.  We will be working in shifts – so if you have 2-4 hours available contact Jennifer Mabley at
  • Earth Day Celebration at Panhe, San Mateo State Park Campground, Cristianitos Road, San Clemente, Sunday, 4/17, 10am – 3pm.
  • Saddleback College Earthweek Green Expo, Thursday, 4/21 10 am – 2 pm.
  • Rancho Days Fiesta, Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest, Sunday, 5/1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4. Save the Date: Native Garden Tour, Saturday May 7, 2011

More information and registration is available here, and information about the gardens will be available soon.  This is a great way to introduce a friend to the joys of gardening with California native plants.

5. Save this Date, too:  Chapter Celebration, June 16, 2011 in the evening.

We are now seeking items for our annual Silent Auction and Raffle fund-raiser.  New items, services, lightly used books, garden tools, ideas . . . please forward all to our Silent Auction chair, Kathy Glendinning at, or bring them to the April or May general meetings to Laura Camp.