Archive for October, 2011

Native Plant Adventures in the Wilds of Orange County

October 17, 2011

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  1. General Meeting, Thursday, October 20, 2011
  2. CNPS Conservation Conference – Save! Early Registration through October 31, 2011

1. General Meeting, Thursday, October 20 – Off the Path with Ron: Native Plant Adventures in the Wilds of Orange County

Speaker: Ron Vanderhoff

…at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (Directions here).  Doors open at 6:45, Main Program at 7:30 pm.

Many of you who know our October speaker as the Clark Kent of horticulture. A neat, mild mannered plantsman at Roger’s Gardens on most days, Ron provides calm and practical gardening advice on almost any subject at the drop of a hat. But on his days off from work, a California native plant Superman emerges! He becomes a single-minded and unstoppable searcher of the wild plants (and animals, insects, birds, geology, etc.) of our Orange County hills and canyons! Even Poison Oak does not stop this superhero!

Join us on an adventure sure to get you excited about exploring Orange County as Ron takes us all on a journey to some of the most interesting local places he has explored and some of the flora and fauna he has found during the last two or three years. This is a program everyone will enjoy with great photographs, interesting stories and descriptions, and a glimpse into the Orange County that still exists if we just choose to get off the beaten path.

Ron Vanderhoff is a lifelong southern California gardener and an inspiring and respected professional horticulturist who is especially fascinated with our native flora and its potential for use in urban landscapes. Ron has worked his whole life in horticulture, and for the past many years he has been a leader in the local gardening community as an educator, writer, lecturer and innovator, and as the nursery manager at Roger’s Gardens where he leads a push for sustainable gardens in Orange County, such as with the California Friendly Garden Contest (in which OC-CNPS is a partner). Ron writes a popular weekly newspaper column, The Coastal Gardener, and has contributed to many newspaper and magazine articles as well as radio and television programs. He is a special contributor to The Sunset Western Garden Book.

Ron’s keen curiosity and thirst for adventure fuel his explorations into our local wildlands and this talk will be a good foretaste of an OC-CNPS Field Trip he is planning for Spring, 2012. Stay tuned!

Chapter meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month (September through June) at the Duck Club in Irvine. The doors open at 6:45 PM for food, fellowship, interest centers, and more. The program begins at 7:30 PM.


2. CNPS Conservation Conference-January 2012 – EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS October 31, 2011

Time to start making your plans for attending this great conference, which is scheduled for January 10-14, 2012 right in our backyard, at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center in San Diego.  Early registration is open through October 31, 2012.


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Rain, rain…Must be time to plant Native plants!

October 7, 2011

Fall Plant Sale

Saturday, October 8, 2011, Tree of Life Nursery.

We were blessed with early fall rain this week, and planting season has begun!  We hope you are planning to join us tomorrow for the plant sale from 9am-4pm.

All CNPS Members will enjoy a 10% discount and a free plant with any plant purchase.

All New or Renewing members may select from our special prizes.  You may join or renew onsite!

Whether you are a member or not, you can purchase plants and take advantage of the informational talks planned throughout the day. Here’s the schedule:

10 am – Plants for Slopes and How to Plant Them (Dan Songster)
11 am – Green and Lush Plantings for Low Water (Brad Jenkins)
12 pm – Plants for Hummingbird Gardens (Rama Nayeri)
1 pm – Plants for Butterfly Gardens (Bob Allen)
2 pm – Accent Plants that say “California” (Rob Moore)
Tree of Life Nursery website has directions!