Archive for February, 2012

CNPS Orange County – News for February 2012

February 11, 2012

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In this email:

  1. General Meeting, Thursday, February 16, Fred Roberts
  2. Field Trips start this month!
  3. Plant Sale, March 17, 2012 – Volunteers Needed for CNPS Member Day
  4. Garden Tour, May 5, 2012 – Seeking Native Gardens

1. General Meeting, Thursday, February 16, 2012…

…at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (Directions here).  Doors open at 6:45, Main Program at 7:30 pm. Help with setup is welcome at 6:30.  Also, feel free to bring a snack for the hospitality table at 6:30.  Featured Interest Tables: There will be a plant ID table setup to study Ribes (gooseberries and currants), native plants for purchase, and Field Trip information.

Speaker: Fred Roberts, Botanical Explorations At Broadwell Dry Lake, Mojave Desert

Desert Solar Power is the new gold rush in California. Already, eleven projects covering nearly 60 square miles have been approved. Many more are on the way. In 2009, the Sleeping Beauty Valley, east of Barstow, California, was the location of a proposed solar power plant project that included 5,100 acres just to the west of Broadwell Dry Lake. Fred had the opportunity to join a team of 45 botanists that spread over the valley searching for rare plants and recording the floristic diversity.   Circumstances were ideal with a large number of experienced experts, a spectacular landscape, and one of the places in the Mojave Desert of 2009 with adequate rainfall for a real wildflower showing. There was the unexpected benefit for the surveyors who came to truly appreciate Broadwell Valley, that the project was withdrawn over controversy involving BLM and Wildlands Conservancy, which had originally donated the land to BLM for conservation.

Fred Roberts Desert Feb 2012 talk

Join Fred as he offers a tour of the wildflowers and landscapes near Broadwell Dry Lake. Among the discoveries made, was California’s northern most population of the rare crucifixion thorn (Castella emoryii).  Along the way, you will get a taste of what it is like to participate in a desert solar project survey, learn something of the industry, and the fragile desert ecosystem where this energy gold rush is taking place.

Fred Roberts, author of Vascular Plants of Orange County, California, An annotated Checklist (2008) and co-author of Bob Allen’s soon to be published Wildflowers of the Santa Ana Mountains. and adjacent regions, has been working with native plants since high school.  Fred is a familiar and beloved speaker in our chapter, and we hope you’ll join us for this important and unique talk.

2. Field Trips start this month…

Sunday, February 26, 2012 at the UCI Ecological Preserve

Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Elsinore Peak and nearby locations in the Southern Santa Ana Mountains.

Check out the details here for these and other scheduled field trips.

3. Chapter Plant Sale and CNPS Membership Day, March 17, 2012

Spring planting time is still with us, and we will have a special joint celebration of landscaping with native plants with the San Diego chapter of CNPS at Tree of Life Nursery on March 17, 2012 from 9am to 4pm.  Put this date on your calendars, and let Jennifer Mabley know if you can volunteer to help for part of the day.  We can use assistance at our membership outreach tables, and also help with plant advice for customers.  No special plant expertise is needed to volunteer.

Speakers, including Connie Beck, Amy Huie, Rob Moore and Jeremy Sison, will present talks throughout the day, and CNPS members will receive a free plant with any plant purchase.  New or renewing members who sign up on-site may choose from fun bonus gifts on hand.  CNPS members always receive a 10% discount at Tree of Life Nursery, just one of the many benefits of membership in our great society.  We hope you will join us.

4. Garden Tour – Saturday, May 5, 2012

We are currently seeking gardens to feature in our Orange County Native Plant Garden Tour.  If you have any questions at all, please contact Sarah Jayne.

Don’t be shy!  Your garden is an important ambassador, the most effective way to convince others that native gardening is fun, easy, beautiful and ecologically responsible.  Please pass this request along to your friends and acquaintances, the more the merrier.

This year we will be producing a full color brochure featuring business card sized advertisements.  The brochure will be distributed far and wide, as we will make 2500 copies and pass them out to the public at Green Scene, South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show, and other venues prior to the Garden Tour.  If your business would benefit from this exposure or you wish to support our efforts to spread the word, again, please click on the link above and contact Sarah Jayne.

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