Archive for May, 2011

CNPS meeting at Fullerton Arboretum-May 19

May 14, 2011

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  1. General Meeting, Thursday, May 19, 2011 – FULLERTON
  2. June celebration / Silent Auction, Thursday, June 16, 2011

1. General Meeting – Humble, Neglected & Ignored-Underused natives for the adventurous gardener,  presentation by Chris Barnhill

Please join us at a special location – the Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 92831, (657) 278-3407. We will be meeting in the Pavilion classrooms by the museum.  Park in the front lot, enter through the gate that goes to the museum, (that’s the path lined with Penstemon heterophyllus). Mapquest map here.

  • 6:00 PM –  Tour of Fullerton Arboretum native gardens with Chris Barnhill (meet at the Pavilion)
  • 7:30 PM- Main Program:  Humble, Neglected & Ignored-Underused natives for the adventurous gardener with speaker Chris Barnhill

Chris Barnhill with Hulsea heterochroma

There are many colorful and worthwhile native plants waiting for a spot in your garden. Our many Ceanothus, sages, coffeeberries, California fuchsias, Douglas iris and dozens of other species fill the role of dependable mainstream additions for your garden. We all love these easily found plants but are we ready for a horticultural adventure?

Join us as Chris Barnhill explores what is possible in our native landscapes by looking at plants other than the “normal” candidates for your garden! Dust the cobwebs from your horticultural closet and set aside the garden indispensables, while visiting some lonely and definitely underused horticultural gems waiting to fill an unused niche between a toyon and a hard place. From Andropogon to Zigadenus, let’s look at the humble to the spectacular and see if they can earn a place in our gardens.

Chris Barnhill has been with the Fullerton Arboretum for over 12 years as the Curator of the Living Collections, where he has spearheaded the effort to create both the Channel Islands and Mohave Gardens. He has worked at Botanic Gardens in both Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Denver, Colorado, and at nurseries in New Mexico and California. Chris spends much of his free time traipsing around southern California, photographing and frolicking in this fantastic botanically diverse region we call home.

2.  Chapter Celebration Preview

Mark the times for the June 16 chapter celebration on your calendar! We will be at the Duck Club in Irvine as usual.  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 slide-show of chapter activities throughout the year will play.  At 7:30, our main speaker, Bart O’Brien, will give his presentation on the new book “Reimagining the California Lawn“.  After the talk, Raffle and Book Signing!  All attendees at the meeting will receive a free raffle ticket as a door prize.

You can help by remembering to:

  • IMPORTANT!  Bring your potential raffle or auction items to the May 19th meeting, and give them to any board member.  Books, art (!), notecards, garden tools, bird houses, (be creative, small items are welcome!)….  contact Kathy Glendinning with questions at  You will receive two free raffle tickets at the June meeting as our thanks for donating items. Proceeds from our auction and raffle support our chapter programs such as education and outreach to promote conservation of and landscaping with native plants.
  • Green Scene setup 2011

    Bring your photos from the past year’s chapter activities to the May 19th 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!  Or contact Celia via email ( to forward your photos to her.

  • Volunteer to help the night of the meeting, for setup, food prep, auction or raffle assistance – contact Laura Camp for details at

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