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

October 7, 2011 by

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!


Native Plant Society – Fall season begins!

September 13, 2011 by

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  1. General Meeting, Thursday, September 15, 2011 – Lili Singer speaks!
  2. Plant Sale at Tree of Life Nursery – October 8, 2011
  3. CNPS Conservation Conference

1. General Meeting, Thursday, September 15 –

Speaker: Lili Singer …  Natives that will work in your garden!

Chinese houses

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

We all know about the good things that come with planting natives: Great colors and fragrances, wonderful habitat value, lower water bills, and a sense of place with seasons related to our southern California region. There is not any better time to plant natives than in the months coming up. Buy the plants that will work in your landscape at our chapter plant sale at Tree of Life Nursery on October 8.

Of course, when deciding which plants to get for our gardens there are always practical questions that come to mind. What plants are the best for the specific situations I have in MY garden? More about the talk here on our website.

Lili Singer is a horticulturist, educator and garden writer, and Director of Special Projects and Adult Education for the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants in Sun Valley, CA.

We hope to see you there this Thursday night.

2. Native Plant Sale at Tree of Life Nursery – October 8, 2011

Fall Planting Season is here!  Please plan to join us at the plant sale, from 9am-4pm.  This year we’re featuring specialVolunteer for fun! member benefits – 10% off on all plant purchases, and a free plant to all members.  Join or renew onsite!

Whether you are a member or not, you can 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)

Volunteers are needed.  Please contact Diane Wollenberg or Jennifer Mabley if you can spare the morning or afternoon to help out. Volunteers receive a free 1-gallon plant. Jobs will be available for those with native plant knowledge to share, and for those without!

We have a flyer to advertise the plant sale.  Print it out and post it at will!!  Invite your friends!  High-res version.  Low-res version.

3. CNPS Conservation Conference-January 2012

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 now open.

Sponsors are still being sought.  If you or your company would benefit or if you just want to help the cause of native plants, here is the explanation of all the details and benefits.  Thank you to our sponsors so far.

The Orange County chapter is sponsoring student attendance at the conference.  We would love to see students from Orange County in attendance!  Students, please check out the opportunities on this link.

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Chapter Celebration, Great speaker, silent auction, etc, etc…

June 12, 2011 by

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  1. General Meeting, Thursday, June 16, 2011 – 5th Annual Chapter Celebration
  2. CNPS Conservation Conference – Seeking Sponsors
  3. Out in the Field in Orange County

1. General Meeting – 5th Annual Chapter Celebration, Thursday, June 16, 2011…

…at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (Directions here).

All the details are here on our website.  5:30-Bird walk; 6:30-DOORS OPEN for food, silent auction, chapter activities slide show; 7:30-speaker Bart O’Brien.

We have Silent Auction Items!  Check them out and come bid on them.

You can help by remembering to:

  • Bring your potential opportunity drawing or auction items to the meeting no later than 5:30 pm. Books, art (!), notecards, garden tools, bird houses, (be creative, small items are welcome!)….  contact Kathy Glendinning with questions.  You will receive two free opportunity drawing tickets as our thanks for donating items. Proceeds from our auction and opportunity drawing support our chapter programs such as education and outreach to promote conservation of and landscaping with native plants.
  • Contact Celia Kutcher with your chapter activities photos asap.  Celia is looking for photos from the following events in particular but any are welcome: Mar. 5, wildflower walk in Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy, Mar. 26, SAMBY trip to Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, Apr. 10, tour of Irvine Ranch Conservancy, May 22, Santa Ana Mts. truck/car tour, May 28, SAMBY search for Ferocactus viridescens in San Onofre St. Pk.
  • Volunteer to help the night of the meeting, for setup, food prep, parking, – contact Diane Wollenberg, volunteer coordinator.
  • Come and enjoy the celebration with us!  Everyone receives one free ticket for the opportunity drawing.

2. CNPS Conservation Conference – Seeking Sponsors

You’ll be hearing a lot more from us about this great conference, scheduled for January 10-14, 2012 right in our backyard, at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center in San Diego.  Right now sponsors are needed.  If you or your company would benefit or if you just want to help the cause of native plants, here is the explanation of all the details and benefits.  Thank you to our sponsors so far.

3. Out in the Field in Orange County

Weed's Mariposa Lily

We hope you are all enjoying an extended spring in our local wilderness areas.  There are still plenty of flowers and green hills to be seen.  We posted this article about monkeyflower blooms on our website within the last month, Also Calochortus weedii var. intermedius are blooming heavily at Casper’s Park this year along the Dick Loskorn trail, and also on the East Ridge between the tops of Sun Rise and Cougar Pass.

Do you have a wildflower report or an any article about native plants in Orange County?  Or a great photo or two?  Contact Laura Camp or Rich Schilk to share your information on our website.

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CNPS meeting at Fullerton Arboretum-May 19

May 14, 2011 by

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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 ktglnd@netscape.net.  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 (celia552@cox.net) 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 laurac@treeoflifenursery.com.

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April brings Native Plant Week and much more!

April 14, 2011 by

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 Nheuler@cox.net. 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 <jenpod@gmail.com>for South Coast Plaza and Laura Camp <campsjc@mac.com> 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 campsjc@mac.com 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 jenpod@gmail.com.
  • 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 ktglnd@aim.com, or bring them to the April or May general meetings to Laura Camp.

Wild and Beautiful Orange County – CNPS-OC this Thursday

March 13, 2011 by

In this email:

  1. General Meeting, Thursday, March 17, 2011
  2. Field Trips in March/April
  3. Native Gardens Tour, Saturday, May 7, 2011

1. General Meeting – Wild and Beautiful – A Natural History of Orange County’s Open Spaces

Presentation and Book Signing by Dr. Allan Schoenherr

Please join us this Thursday night, March 17, 2011 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (NEW Directions here).  If you can help with setup of hospitality or with a contribution of food, please contact Sarah Jayne at sbjayne@cox.net. 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 – Plant Sale, OC Waterfalls info and more!)
  • 7:30 PM- Main Program:  Wild & Beautiful OC with speaker Dr. Allan Schoenherr

We may live in the smallest county in southern California, but we can quickly escape to stunning beaches, shady oak woodlands, habitat rich scrublands, even evergreen forests. Few could capture the breadth of it, from bug to flower and from rock to the broad landscapes, better than ecologist and Laguna Beach resident Dr. Allan Schoenherr in his new book Wild and Beautiful–A Natural History of  Orange County’s Open Spaces. An exciting blend of excellent photography and informative material, it takes a close look at our county’s plants, animals, and landscapes. But, as Pat Brennen of the OC Register recently reported, “This book isn’t just another catalog of plants and animals.  It’s packed with facts and stunning photos of wild land, habitat and species, as well as full-color maps.  There are sections on climate, weather, seasons, wildfire, geology, earthquakes and the subtle intricacies of the tidal zones.”

Dr. Allan Schoenherr is a retired Professor of Ecology at Fullerton College, and has taught at UCI and Cal State Fullerton.  He was educated at USC and Arizona State University. He is the author of The Natural History of California and The Natural History of the Islands of California.

Don’t miss this talk by a great speaker! We will have books on hand for purchase, and the author will sign your copy before and after the presentation.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Southern California Botanists grant program for Desert Studies in honor of Alan Romspert.

SAVE THE DATE:  April 21, 2011 – A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California by Laura Cunningham, talk and book signing.

2. Field Trips

“SAMBY” Santa Ana Mountains Big Year Field Trips, led by Bob Allen.  For details and additional trips on short notice, go to our website or email to samby4occnps@me.com.

  • March 26, 2011 – Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
  • April 10, 2011 – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, in search of Allen’s Daisy, Pentachaeata area ssp. allenii. (Date subject to change)
  • May 28, 2011 – San Onofre State Park, to search for Ferocactus viridescens, San Diego Barrel Cactus.  Binoculars recommended.

April 10, 8:30 am  – 3: IRC Tour in the Foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains – Travel by touring truck and on foot to hunt for plants and arthropod friends in the Irvine Ranch Wildlands through oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and needlegrass grassland, led by IRC Senior Field Ecologist Jutta Burger. Limited numbers – sign up early at http://www.irlandmarks.org/activities, April Activities, PRIVATE – OC CNPS Limestone Canyon Tour, use registration code: wildflower.  Contact Rich Schilk with questions birdguy@naturalista.net.

3. Orange County Native Gardens Tour – May 7, 2010

Save the date for this free self-guided tour of outstanding native gardens in Orange County!  Volunteer your garden with Sarah Jayne sbjayne@cox.net, 949-552-0691. Volunteer to help greet visitors to a garden. Invite your friends. Registration information will be at occnps.org.

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Fascinating Galls – CNPS OC talk this Thursday

February 14, 2011 by

General Meeting – California Native Plant Galls

Speaker: Dr. Peter Bryant

Please join us this Thursday night, February 17, 2011 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (NEW Directions here).  If you can help with setup of hospitality or with a contribution of food, please contact Sarah Jayne at sbjayne@cox.net. Also, help with setup of tables and chairs is welcomed starting at 6:15 pm.:

  • 6:45 PM –  Doors Open for Food, Fellowship
  • 7:00 PM – Interest Centers (including expanded plant sales with wildflowers and more)
  • 7:30 PM- Main Program:  California Native Plant Galls with speaker Dr. Peter Bryant

Galls can be easy to overlook, but these plant growths are an important and surprisingly common feature of the natural world. And what a fascinating subject for native plant lovers and entomologists alike.

In a recent issue of Natural History magazine, Ron Russo marveled at the diversity of the growths, called galls, which are induced on various plants by insects and sometimes by other organisms. In our area, galls can be found on Scrub Oak, Live Oak, Willow, Coyote Bush, and White and Black Sage. After a female of the inducing species deposits an egg on the host plant, as an apparent defensive reaction the plant responds by encapsulating the egg or larva in a tumor-like growth called a gall. In the process the plant produces a nutritious environment that supports growth of the inducer larva. But that is only the beginning of the story. A miniature ecosystem often develops inside the gall as the gall itself is invaded by parasitoids (insects that kill and feed on the inducer) and inquilines (insects that feed on the gall tissue without attacking the inducer).

What this means is that if you get curious about galls and keep them in containers, what eventually emerges can be the inducer species, and/or one or a collection of parasitoids and inquilines. Amazing!

Dr. Bryant has some great photos and information to share with us, you won’t want to miss these and more:

Galls from Crystalline Gall Wasp

Disholcaspis female emerging from beaked twig gall

Spiny Gall

SAVE THE DATE: Next OC-CNPS General Meeting March 17, 2011 — Book signing and talk: “Wild and Beautiful: A Natural History of the Open Spaces in Orange County” by Dr Allan A. Schoenherr  (Laguna Wilderness Press)

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Native Plant Gardening Talk and BIG YEAR – CNPS OC

January 15, 2011 by

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 sbjayne@cox.net. 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 samby4occnps@me.com.  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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CNPS Orange County News – December 2010

December 11, 2010 by

In this email:

  1. General Meeting, Thursday, December 16, 2010
  2. Chapter Officer Nominations and Election

1.  General Meeting – It’s Your Turn!!

Please join us this Thursday night, December 16, 2010 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (NEW Directions here):

  • 6:45 PM-  Doors Open – Holiday Hospitality provided by board and members, deep discounts on selected books.  Interest Tables will be open!
  • 7:30 PM- Main Program: Lights Out, Program Begins: It’s Your Turn!!

Members and guests are invited to share some favorite photos of native plants, wildlife, habitats, or gardens—local, California or anywhere in the world. What amazing and beautiful photos will we see this year?  We hope you are preparing your presentations! Come join us for a light-hearted and relaxing evening.

Your board members will provide a festive spread on the hospitality table. If you have a special holiday recipe to share, please feel free to bring it at 6:30 pm. Also, help with setup of tables and chairs is welcomed starting at 6:15 pm.

Orange County endemic Calochorus weedii var. intermedius

To make sure everyone gets the chance to share, and that we get home before Christmas arrives, the time for each presentation will be limited. So choose your 10 best photos and plan on a presentation of no more than 5 minutes. That’s right, 10 photos or 5 minutes, whichever is less.

Digital photos must be in one of these standard digital photo formats: .jpg, .png, or .psd. They may be placed within a Powerpoint or a Keynote presentation file. Submit them on a flash drive, portable hard drive, CD, or DVD. (Windows users: do NOT submit them as an autoexec [.exe] file).

Video presentations must be in one of these standard video formats: .mov (preferred), .avi, .wmv, or .mpeg. (Windows users: do NOT submit them as an autoexec [.exe] file).

We hope you will choose to share your special memories.  If you’re bringing digital stuff, please arrive early to allow time for data transfer before the meeting. If there are questions, contact Laura Camp (campsjc@mac.com, about logistics) or Bob Allen (bugbob@mac.com, about technical details).

2.  Nominations

The chapter board has approved the nomination of the following members to board positions for a two-year term of 2011-2012:

  • Brad Jenkins – President
  • Laura Camp – Vice President
  • Jennifer Mabley – Treasurer
  • Celia Kutcher – Board Member

We will ask for a vote of the general membership at the December 16th meeting to elect these chapter leaders.

Continuing in their current positions for 2011 will be Board Members Sarah Jayne, Rich Schilk and Dan Songster.

We have one opening on our chapter board.  Volunteering with CNPS is very rewarding, and you can start small.  Board meetings are open to all, so please feel free to come check us out.  See any board member if you have an interest in further involvement.

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CNPS Orange County News – November 2010

November 14, 2010 by
In this eNews:
  1. General Meeting, Flora of Bahia de San Quintin, Speaker: Sula Vanderplank, Thursday, November 18, 2010
  2. California Native Plant Week, April 17-23, 2011
  3. Flutterby Mason Park, November 20, 2010, 10am-2pm

1. General Meeting: “Flora of Bahia de San Quintín ” with Sula Vanderplank

Please join us on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine. The New Route should be opened, but have the Old Route directions handy just in case.  Both New and Old directions can be found here.

  • 6:45 pm – Doors Open, Hospitality
  • 7:00 pm – Interest Centers: Research, Grow, Explore and Protect OC.
  • 7:30 pm – Main Program – Flora of Bahia de San Quintín

Hospitality and Setup: Please contact Sarah Jayne at sbjayne@cox.net if you can help with a beverage or a snack item, and bring it to the Duck Club at 6:30.  If you would like to get your exercise moving a few tables and chairs, we would welcome help with room setup starting at 6:15 pm.

Interest Centers: Plant identification is just the beginning as we share four informational tables: Research OC (Plant Science, Education and Rare Plants), Grow OC (Native Gardening & Horticulture), Protect OC (Conservation) and Explore OC (Field Trips, Outdoor Activities & Fun).  We welcome your interaction with our expert volunteers as we explore together the different aspects of California Native Plants.

Main Program – Flora of Bahia de San Quintín with Sula Vanderplank:

Photos courtesy of Sula Vanderplank

Join us on a trip to explore the flora of Baja California’s Bahia de San Quintín region. This diverse and relatively unspoiled area of the Pacific Coast south of Ensenada, includes one of the most pristine wetland environments in the world, and eleven volcanic systems with elevations up to 260 m. San Quintín itself is one of a series of rapidly expanding agricultural towns along the carreterra intrapeninsular in northwestern Baja California, currently home to an estimated 50,000 people. Due in part to changing land use patterns in a rapidly developing coastal zone, this region is in need of conservation tools to drive and inform conservation efforts.

In order to provide such a tool for conservation and stewardship efforts in this region, a floristic inventory of the area has been initiated. Sula is involved with this project, which aims to produce a vouchered checklist of the area. Preliminary results of the ‘Conservation Area Plan for San Quintín’ (data unpublished) from The Nature Conservancy, Baja California, have identified seven distinct habitats in need of conservation, four of which are terrestrial: Salt Marshes; Dunes and Beaches; Rivers and Riparian areas; and Coastal Rosette Matorral.

Sula Vanderplank is a doctoral student at UC Riverside studying with Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra, Director of UC MEXUS and professor of Plant Ecology. Her PhD research will focus on phytogeography in Baja California, particularly in the northwest. She is currently working part–‐time at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden where she was previously the Herbarium Administrative Curator. She recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Botany from Claremont Graduate University, her thesis being the flora of San Quintin including research on San Martín Island (more information on this study can be accessed at: http://www.rsabg.org/english–‐version/san–‐martin–‐island).

2. California Native Plant Week, April 17-23, 2011

The California State Assembly and Senate have approved Resolution ACR 173 (Evans) establishing California Native Plant Week, beginning April 17-23, 2011. This measure proclaims the 3rd week of April, each year, as California Native Plant Week and encourages community groups, schools, and citizens to undertake appropriate activities to promote the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of California’s native plants.  More information about this resolution here.

Dichelostemma capitatum . . . how about a "Pick a common name" contest?

April is an ideal time to celebrate native plants, and the Orange County chapter is looking for ideas and participation from you, our members and friends.  We have a great opportunity to promote native plants, and statewide activities will be planned and coordinated and publicized.  What activities will already be occurring that week in Orange County that celebrate our native habitats?  Can you or your organization plan a talk, a hike, a garden party, or any activity, that will help spread the word to the general public?

We would like to see multiple activities happening all over the county throughout the week.  Everyone can help!  Nancy Heuler will be collecting suggestions and info, so that we can gather them together and publicize them on our website and to the press.  Let’s get creative!  Please contact Nancy at nheuler@cox.net, and let her know of your interests and your thoughts.

3. Flutterby Mason Park, November 20, 10am-2pm

Mason Regional Park is celebrating the completion of its “open-air” butterfly habitat.  Our chapter will be there to sell native plants attractive to butterflies, and to interact with the public.  More information, directions, etc. Bring your family and friends to the festivities.

Can you help man our booth for an hour or two, to sell plants, help children play ball-toss, or just talk native plant talk?  If you live in Irvine this is just in your neighborhood.  Drop by the booth and we will put you to work!  Contact Jennifer Mabley at jenpod@gmail.com if you have questions.