Old Town Native Plant Landscape Extra Weeding Party
Feb
24
9:30 AM09:30

Old Town Native Plant Landscape Extra Weeding Party

  • Old Town Historical State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weeds are growing again. At this second February work party we will focus volunteers on digging out exotic grasses. The rabbits that live in the NPL can't keep up with the demand!

We also may see some seedling wildflowers, so we will want to be especially careful in the areas where seed banks of native annuals lie in the soil.

The landscape is the far west end of Old Town State Historic Park, at the corner of Congress and Taylor Street across from the train/trolley/bus depot. Park for free in the lot off Taylor and Calhoun Streets. Meet us under the Sycamores. Bring your favorite weeding tools and gloves, and sun protection usually is a good idea.  Questions? Contact Kay or Peter at OldTownLandscape@cnpssd.org.

 

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FIELD TRIP: Springtime in Anza Borrego - Blair Valley & Pictograph Trail
Feb
25
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Springtime in Anza Borrego - Blair Valley & Pictograph Trail

TRAIL: Approx 2 miles hiking, 11 miles driving loop EASY terrain (sandy, some cactus, few rocks)
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Expert

In contrast to our Plum Canyon hike in Anza Borrego last month, we are heading now to Blair Valley and Pictograph Trail for (hopefully) some spring bloom. This trail isn't too far away from Plum Canyon, but the flora we'll encounter will be different. Larry Hendrickson has again agreed to grace us with his extraordinary knowledge and wit. While this year won't be an Anza Borrego superbloom, there are always new things to discover. Plus, we won't have to deal with any crowds! Meeting earlier on this meetup to avoid the heat - it's already mid to high 80's in Borrego Springs in early February. We'll congregate near the outhouse by State Route 2 for introductions and head into Blair Valley from there.

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FIELD TRIP: Otay Mountain Truck Trail
Mar
4
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Otay Mountain Truck Trail

• What we'll do
MODERATE hiking, MODERATE to EASY off road driving
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to some expert terms.

In the Southern-most part of our State, so close to Baja, rising above the houses of EastLake and East TJ - lies a bastion of chaparral covered slopes that is home to hundreds of native plant species, over 50 of which in the vicinity have been classified as rare. We'll head up in our trucks to stop at many short hikes into the chaparral to find a motley assortment of native California flora. Otay Mountain doesn't just have it's own rare endemics, but is also within the loop of Northern Baja species that aren't really known to come any further north into the US. I'm excited to see many species for the first time, so if you've been up here before and have special knowledge about the wilderness area, come enlighten everyone! Anyone who has experience with Baja species that occur on both sides of the map is certainly welcome - Baja members of CNPS, perhaps?

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Help Tend the Native Plant Landscape in Old Town State Park
Mar
10
9:30 AM09:30

Help Tend the Native Plant Landscape in Old Town State Park

The ten-year-old Old Town Native Plant Landscape supports trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials that lived in this coastal region when Europeans arrived in 1769. Most of the species of plants are useful for humans, as well as native wildlife.

 

In March the care for the Old Town Landscape includes some light arborist work, reducing foliage on brancht ips to prevent tree branches from breaking. We also do some careful weeding around herbaceous annuals, cacti, and shrubby plants.

We have found techniques that work, and we’ll be glad to teach you, if you volunteer to help us do the work!

 

The Native Plant Landscape is located at the far west end of Old Town, where Taylor and Congress Streets meet, across from the Trolley/Bus/Train depot. Park in the lot at the corner of Calhoun and Taylor Streets. Bring water or other favorite hydration and have sun protection. Bring garden gloves and your favorite weeding tools or share ours.

After we finish our tasks, whoever wants to will go to a local restaurant for no-host lunch and socializing.

Questions? Contact Kay or Peter at oldtownlandscape@cnpssd.org

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Garden Committee Meeting
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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RECON Native Plants Nursery Tour - IB / San Ysidro
Mar
18
9:00 AM09:00

RECON Native Plants Nursery Tour - IB / San Ysidro

MAIN EVENT: [Guided tour - some areas may not be ADA as location is a non-public access nursery]
This is another nursery tour, this time set within the start of Spring where we'll be treated with an inside look at the commercial operations at RECON native plant nursery. Patrick and the staff of the employee owned company have graciously given us access. For anyone who missed the Moosa Creek tour, this is your chance is see how the professionals get their native plants to grow in pots so well! For everyone that attended the Moosa Creek tour last November, this is a great opportunity to compare and contrast methodologies.

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California Native Bees and their Pollen Plants
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

California Native Bees and their Pollen Plants

with Hartmut Wisch, retired Naturalist Guide

An illustrated talk that will explore the great diversity of bees that have co-evolved with California's native flora. Approximately 1600 bee species are known to be native to California. Some bees are generalists pollinating a variety of flowers from different plant families, others are more specialized. This informative talk featuring beautiful images of our native bees will cover the six recognized families of bees (Anthophila) extant in California. 

Hartmut Wisch led European visitors through natural areas of the U.S. and Canadian West for 35 years. After retiring, Hartmut discovered a love for macro photography. His principal interest are insects, mostly our native bees. He has taken several bee identification classes with Robbin Thorp, is a member of the Lorquin Entomological Society, and a contributing editor at Bugguide (hosted by Iowa State U. Entomology).

6:30pm-7pm: PRE-MEETING BUZZ ABOUT BEES

Annika Nabors.jpg

Living in the (Landscape) Matrix: Pollinator-Native Plant Relationships in Southern California


with Annika Nabors

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Apr
3
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Garden Committee Meeting
Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Native Gardens for Beauty and Sustainability
Apr
14
to Apr 15

CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Native Gardens for Beauty and Sustainability

  • Lux Art Institute (check in) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us on the 6th Annual CNPS Native Garden Tour that will be held in North County on Saturday & Sunday, April 14th & 15th and includes the areas of Encinitas, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido.  We are featuring 17 residential gardens and several non-residential and public gardens.  Spend a day or two exploring some lovely neighborhoods and backcountry areas. We have a great variety of lovely gardens including features such as gardening on slopes, dry streambeds, bioswales, water catchment, charming water features, bridges, garden art, striking sculptures and more.

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Conservation Committee Meeting
May
1
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Wildlife-Friendly Landscapes
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Wildlife-Friendly Landscapes

with Christopher McDonald, PhD., Natural Resources Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties. 

California is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, with Southern California being particularly diverse. Southern California has a unique climate pattern, topographic and geologic diversity which all contribute to create a wonderful place to call home. Native plants form the base of the food web in our wildlands and are essential to many species of wildlife, yet our traditional suburban landscapes are dominated by non-native plants that offer little benefit to wildlife. When land managers and homeowners learn some of the causes of species diversity they can view the world through the eyes of a native pollinator, or a bird, and adapt their landscapes to increase the amount of native wildlife that visit their yard. Through the increased use of a variety of native plants, and by providing food, water and shelter, we can create backyard habitats for small species of wildlife that can enrich our yards and our lives.

Dr. McDonald has been working on vegetation management research for over 15 years. His research focuses on reducing and managing invasive plants, including highly invasive and novel species, as well as restoring native plants after weed removal among other wide-ranging interests.

6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

Judie Lincer in garden.jpg

My Favorite Native Plant

with Judie Lincer, Susan Lewitt & Diana Stockdale

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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FIELD TRIP: Santa Margarita River Trail
Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

FIELD TRIP: Santa Margarita River Trail

3 to 5 miles roundtrip

DIFFICULTY: EASY (There are some boulders to traverse but it is flat and well travelled)

Santa Margarita River winds through a very picturesque canyon landscape just North of Fallbrook, fed by perennial waters from as far East as the San Jacinto Mtns. This trail is a beautiful example of oak riparian and Southern cottonwood willow riparian forest with many slow, wide ponding areas with reeds and cattails where birds love to congregate. While we ordinarily focus on plantlife, this area is a perfect example of nesting habitat for many native birds, including the rare Least bells vireo, southwestern flycatcher, and california gnatcatcher (further up the slopes). At 1.5 mile in, the trail heads uphill to dense coastal sage scrub and coastal chaparral so we'll get a great look at vegetation from aquatic environments up to very dry, sunny areas. This will be a great opportunity to see the rare Rainbow manzanita (Arctostaphylos rainbowiensis) in bloom along the trailside further in. It's a California Native Plant Society 1B.1 species and there are very few places to see this species up close on public trails...

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Garden Committee Meeting
Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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Volunteers Invited to give TLC to the Old Town Native Plant Landscape
Feb
10
9:30 AM09:30

Volunteers Invited to give TLC to the Old Town Native Plant Landscape

  • Old Town Historical State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wildflower seeds planted over the past two years that were donated by the Chapter Seed Committee will be coming up, we hope. The Old Town Landscape gets irrigated twice every month, so whether or not rains have fallen in January, by February the longer days should be encouraging seedlings to grow. Come help us thin out unwanted weeds and see how many native wildflowers look when they are babies, and enjoy the company of fellow native plant lovers.

The landscape is the far west end of Old Town State Historic Park, at the corner of Congress and Taylor Street across from the train/trolley/bus depot. Park for free in the lot off Taylor and Calhoun Streets. Bring your favorite weeding tools and gloves, and sun protection usually is a good idea.  Questions? Contact Kay or Peter at OldTownLandscape@cnpssd.org.

 

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California Native Gardening Demonstration Winter Workshop: See How It’s Done!
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

California Native Gardening Demonstration Winter Workshop: See How It’s Done!

Photo by Jeff Silva

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Please email us at specialevents@cnpssd.org if you'd like to get first word and offers on all upcoming special events. 

You're invited! Please join us for a day of speaker presentations and hands-on sessions with field experts. This is a great opportunity for you to gain important knowledge about native gardening. The workshop is held in perfect timing for late winter/spring planting.

LEARN HOW TO

  • Propagate natives from seed & cuttings
  • Successfully plant, irrigate and maintain native gardens
  • Participate in a tour of the Garden's native plant preserve including explanations of San Diego's wildlife ecology, diverse plant populations, ethnobotanical uses of native plants such as food and medicinal uses, dyes, Kumeyaay dwellings, etc.
  • Learn about installing raptor nest boxes and other forms of gopher control for your garden

DETAILS

There will be 5 presentations, hands-on seminars, and demos in which attendees will be invited to participate. A couple of sessions will break into two smaller groups for easier hands-on participation and in the following session the groups switch place. Everybody gets to participate in all sessions! We will wind up the day with an expert panel. 

Throughout all sessions attendees will learn ways in which to plant and maintain natives, how to lessen inevitable damage from gophers and the far-reaching benefits of using native horticulture. These benefits include low-water use, low maintenance, and providing habitat for native wildlife including birds and other pollinators.

  • Breakfast, Snacks, Starbucks coffee & Lunch are included with your ticket.
  • Select seeds and books will be available for purchase at the workshop as well as other educational materials for you to take home and enhance the day's knowledge.
  • Stroll the grounds with free admission to the SD Botanic Garden after the workshop.

Photo by Stephen Rosenthal

SCHEDULE

8:15-8:45 am Registration and Breakfast

9-9:50 am Propagation Using Cuttings and Seeds
Su and Hank Kraus (Owners, Moosa Creek Nursery)

10-11:50am Hands-on Native Horticultural Plant Garden & Native Plant Preserve Tour
Lucy Warren and Greg Rubin (Co-authors of two books on California native gardening)
Tony Gurnoe (Horticultural Director, SD Botanic Garden)

11:50am Lunch

12:10pm Irrigation Explored
Mike Evans (Founder, Tree of Life Nursery)

1:00-2:30pm Barn Owl/Kestrel Box Demo & Gopher Trapping
Danny Sedivec (Founder & Executive Director, The Raptor Institute)
Tony Gurnoe (Horticultural Director, SD Botanic Garden)

2:45-3:30pm Experts panel answering participant questions

MORE DETAILS

  • This is a sustainable event. Please bring a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. We will have water available throughout the day
  • We encourage carpooling. Free parking is included. 
  • The event is held Rain or Shine-come dressed for the outdoors!    

REFUNDS
We don't offer refunds. However, your registration is transferable to another person.

Photo by Jeff Silva

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Feb
6
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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FIELD TRIP: Hollenbeck Canyon
Feb
4
10:00 AM10:00

FIELD TRIP: Hollenbeck Canyon

4.5 miles roundtrip

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE to EASY

Assuming our February isn't bogged down with rain storms (not a bad thing), Hollenbeck Canyon beckons. For anyone who hasn't been to this location, it is a great walk along grasslands, oak riparian woodland, Viguiera dominated coastal sage scrub, and along a near cliff face bristling with Dudleya pulverulenta and Hesperoyucca whipplei. I was there just last weekend and while nearly everything was dry as a bone, the trees and many shrubs were still gorgeous and the temperature perfect for an ordinarily sunny and hot hike. The creek still had a bit of water in and the Yerba mansa was evident amongst the willows. With the recent rain, the walk should prove to be much more interesting this time around...

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FIELD TRIP: Plum Canyon - Anza Borrego State Park
Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

FIELD TRIP: Plum Canyon - Anza Borrego State Park

MODERATE - 5.0 miles round trip, moderate ascent, Terrain: sand, boulders & cholla cactus

PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Advanced (Professionals always certainly welcome!)

We finally have confirmation and a location for great winter hike into Anza Borrego State Park, this one at Plum Canyon lead by Larry Hendrickson, Colorado Desert District Botanist for the State Park. Larry has been an extraordinary influence for the preservation of the natural beauty and diversity of the many parks and reserves in the area, including Anza Borrego SP, Rancho Cuyamaca SP, and Palomar Mtn SP and the recreation areas of the Colorado River (Picacho area in particular) and the Salton Sea. He is part of the Botany Society and heads many volunteer excursions to remove invasive species from our fragile desert ecosystems. Plum Canyon is the old trail used by Native Americans, pioneers and travelers before the 78 was created. Named after the Desert apricot (Prunus fremontii) this hike boasts a wide variety of desert and transitional species. Keeping in mind that January is quite early for annual species, the recent rain (~1.2"!) will help along the early flowering perennials and shrubs. This trail is famous for its coverage of red and also orange Chuparosa (Justicia californica) and barrel cactus (Ferocactus cylindraceus) among many other beautiful cacti. A full checklist of Plum Canyon is available HERE: http://tchester.org/bd/flora/plum_canyon.html.Anza Borrego trips are always interesting at different times of year and in different areas because something is always unique and surprising, from flora flowering out of season, to superblooms, to the iconic wildlife that survives here. At the very least, this trip promises to provide a great day in bearable temperatures in the desert.

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2017 Wildflowers of the San Diego County Desert and Coast
Jan
16
6:30 PM18:30

2017 Wildflowers of the San Diego County Desert and Coast

with Tom Oberbauer, Vice President CNPS-San Diego

Anza Borrego has been identified as one of the best locations in the Country to observe wildflowers.  With rainfall that came at well timed intervals, the 2017 season was reported as a potential Superbloom.  It did not disappoint with sheets of color in Henderson Canyon from Desert Gold, Evening Primrose and Sand Verbena as well as Desert Lily and Desert Dandelion. Over a period of a few weeks the Brittlebush/Incensio and Ocotillo flowered as well.  

Nearly the same time period, the coast was having its own bloom that was the best in years with Sea Dahlia, California Encelia, California Poppies and Fringed Ground Pinks being prominent on Point Loma and Torrey Pines State Reserve.  

Tom Oberbauer will provide images of the season for these areas and explanation of the flowers and vegetation.

Tom Oberbauer is a third generation San Diegan with a long history of visitation to the San Diego Desert as a guide for the NAT and exploring on his own and with an equally long history of observing wildflowers on the Coast.  He is a long time member of CNPS and is a member of the Board of the NAT.  He also has written numerous articles on the natural history of San Diego and the islands of Baja California, has a YouTube site: PLNaturalResources featuring documentaries on the Pacific Coast Baja California islands, and is currently working on a documentary for the 2017 wildflower season.

6:30-7:00pm NATIVES FOR NOVICES: "The Journey of the Anza-Borrego Desert Region Guidebook—Now in Its 6th Edition" with author and honorary California State Park Ranger, Diana Lindsay

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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FIELD TRIP: Cabrillo National Monument - Point Loma
Jan
15
10:00 AM10:00

FIELD TRIP: Cabrillo National Monument - Point Loma

This Monday is a free admissions day at the Cabrillo Nat'l Monument, so we're taking advantage of this opportunity to take in some winter sun or maybe even coastal fog or rain while we go over a major piece of San Diego's history, and even bigger sanctuary for our natural history. The coastal sage scrub here is as coastal as it gets, with the Bay on the one side and the open Pacific on the other. I'll lead on this one, and hopefully we can get some additional insight to the Point and the recent landscaping project by those who helped to make it happen!

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Old Town Native Plant Landscape Needs You and Your Wheelbarrow, Wagon or Cart
Jan
13
9:30 AM09:30

Old Town Native Plant Landscape Needs You and Your Wheelbarrow, Wagon or Cart

We will be placing toaster-sized rocks (or larger) to protect irrigation heads and plants. A toaster-sized rock weighs over 40 lbs, so we need ways to move them safely. That is where your wagon, garden cart, or wheelbarrow will be really handy, since the landscape’s volunteer coordinators only have one wheelbarrow between them.

The rock will be delivered the day before in a pile next to the landscape. Volunteers will excavate shallow pits and then move the rocks into them. We always do a little weeding too, so shovels, hand tools and gloves will be handy. Bring your own, or borrow ours.

The Landscape is at the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets. Park in the lot east of Taylor and south of Calhoun. 

At the end of the work party those who want can go for a no-host lunch.

Questions? Email OldTownLandscape@cnpssd.org

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Garden Committee Meeting
Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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Exploring the Botanical Archives at the NAT
Jan
6
10:00 AM10:00

Exploring the Botanical Archives at the NAT

Come with us to explore the Herbarium section of the Botany Department and take a look into the Botanical archives and collections at the NAT, lead by the esteemed Curator, John Rebman, PhD. We'll get access to the study areas that are instrumental to local and global research into our native floral species and range, and critical to understanding how genetics are being expressed over time...

Learn more and RSVP here...

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Jan
2
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Quail-friendly Plants of Baja California
Dec
19
6:30 PM18:30

Quail-friendly Plants of Baja California

with Sula Vanderplank, Ph.D, Conservation Botanist

Sula will speak about her explorations of the flora of the Santo Tomás, San Vincente, San Jacinto, and San Quintín Valleys, which are core habitats for the California Quail.

Sula Vanderplank, Ph.D., is a conservation scientist who works as a Biodiversity Explorer for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, and serves as Science Advisor for Terra Peninsular, AC. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside, and is a research associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum. She has spent the last 10 years studying the flora of NW Baja California, where her favorite habitat is maritime succulent scrub. She wrote her masters thesis on the flora of San Quintin and later authored the regional field guide, "Quail-friendly Plants of Baja California". She is also the co-author with Jim Riley & Jon Rebman of "Plant Guide: Maritime Succulent Scrub Region, Northwest Baja California, Mexico".


We will host our annual holiday potluck at the December meeting. Bring a dish to share.


6:30pm-7pm: There will be no NATIVES FOR NOVICES presentation this evening. Share and enjoy the potluck beginning at 6:30.

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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Garden Native Committee Meeting
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Native Committee Meeting

Garden Native is the gardening committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

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FIELD TRIP: Black Mountain Open Space
Dec
10
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Black Mountain Open Space

This December, we're staying close to civilization in case this one turns into a mud climb.  Black Mountain Open Space is a bastion of native coastal sage scrub and chaparral that is dear to many in CNPS-SD.  It is the site of a successful restoration program and contains many rare local native plant species.  While winter doesn't logically seem to be best time for flowers, we'll be passing a number of (hopefully) flowering native shrubs and perennials including Mission manzanita (Xylococcus bicolor), California adolphia (Adolphia californica), Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea), and fingers crossed, the rare fern leaved shrub in Rosaceae: Southern Mountain Misery (Chamaebatia australis). 

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Dec
5
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias
Nov
21
6:30 PM18:30

Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias

with Michael Wilken-Robertson, Anthropologist

For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay people of northern Baja California and southern California made their homes in the diverse landscapes of the region, interacting with native plants and continuously refining their botanical knowledge. Today, many Kumeyaay Indians in the far-flung ranches of Baja California carry on the traditional knowledge and skills for transforming native plants into food, medicine, arts, tools, regalia, construction materials, and ceremonial items. Kumeyaay Ethnobotany explores the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias through in-depth descriptions of 47 native plants and their uses, lively narratives, and hundreds of vivid photographs. It connects the archaeological and historical record with living cultures and native plant specialists who share their ever-relevant wisdom for future generations.

Anthropologist Michael Wilken-Robertson’s lifelong collaborative relationships with Native Baja Californians have allowed him to explore traditional indigenous uses of plants in the diverse habitats of their territory, from the ancient past into the present. His new book provides in-depth descriptions of forty-seven California native plants and their uses.

6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

Greg Rubin.jpg

"Watering Native Plants in Small Places"

with Greg Rubin, Owner California's Own Native Landscape Design, Inc.

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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Old Town Planting Party is Postponed Due to Concerns over Hepatitis-A Risk in San Diego County
Nov
11
9:30 AM09:30

Old Town Planting Party is Postponed Due to Concerns over Hepatitis-A Risk in San Diego County

The annual November planting in the Old Town Native Plant Landscape is postponed to December. There is a chance of Hepatitis-A contamination, and the virus can survive at least two months in the soil. We don’t want our volunteers to risk exposure to the virus when they are digging holes. 

If you are vaccinated against Hep-A, and want to join a planting party on Saturday, December 11, please email Kay at oldtownlandscape@cnpssd.org by the end of November. We will scale the planting in December to fit the size of the vaccinated planting team.

If you are not vaccinated yet, and want to volunteer here, or in other urban parks, vaccination is easy, safe and cheap. Vaccinations can be arranged with your physician and/or are available free of charge through a county health clinic. More info on clinics here: http://www.sdiz.org

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Garden Native Committee Meeting
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Native Committee Meeting

Garden Native is the gardening committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

Email gardening@cnpssd.org for details and meeting location

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FIELD TRIP: Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve
Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve

This hike will be in tandem with the intrepid San Diego NHM's Canyoneers hiking group, so there will be an additional guide and at least a few more hylophiliacs joining. This will likely be the last chance until April to chance the summit of Volcan Mountain before the winter rains / snows begin. On that note-weather can be unpredictable, so watch the forecast and prepare accordingly. Winds on the summit may be quite cold and harsh.

Read more and RSVP here

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USFS Management of Rare Plants on Fuel Breaks
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

USFS Management of Rare Plants on Fuel Breaks

Munz's Onion (Allium munzii)

BEFORE THE MEETING

We still have a great selection of plants from the Fall Plant Sale last Saturday. ALL PLANTS 40% OFF. Sale will be held on the patio outside Room 101, Casa del Prado. Arrive early for best selection. Sale will begin at 5:00pm and end at 7:00pm. You can check the plant list here: 

SALE PLANT LIST 40% OFF TUESDAY, OCT 17


Presentation with Kirsten Winter, Supervisor, Cleveland National Forest

A presentation on the management of endangered plant species on the Cleveland National Forest. Ms. Winter will begin with an overview of the Endangered Species Act and how this guides federal land management and then will discuss most of the endangered plant species that occur on the forest and special management actions that have been taken to protect them. ESA is one of the principal environmental laws guiding USFS land management and Southern California is a hot spot for endangered species. Federal lands have special responsibilities for protection of listed species so this comprises a substantial percentage of USFS's work.

Kirsten Winter is currently the Forest Biologist for the Cleveland National Forest, where she has worked for the past 27 years. She is responsible for the Forest Wildlife, Fisheries, and Rare Plants program. She has a B.A. in Botany from the University of Iowa and an MS in Ecology from UC Davis. 

https://www.fs.usda.gov/cleveland/

6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

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"How to Plant a Native Plant"

 

 

with Sue Marchetti, Chairperson, Natives for Novices

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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