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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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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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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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

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"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.

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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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Fall California Native Plant Sale
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Fall California Native Plant Sale

This event is held during the perfect planting season for those starting or supplementing a California native garden. There will be California native plants of just about every description from grasses to trees and shrubs, perennials to annuals, and even some succulents and ferns.

California native plants are optimal for saving water; attracting native birds, bees and butterflies; and preserving San Diego’s natural heritage. 

In addition to plants, there will be seeds, books, posters and other plant-related items. Friendly knowledgeable experts will be on hand for plant selection advice. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. A convenient curbside loading zone is available for picking up plants. This California native plant sale will be in the Balboa Park’s Theater Courtyard between the Casa Del Prado Theater and Casa Del Prado and across from the West entrance of the San Diego Natural History Museum.

EARLY ENTRY: CNPS members may start shopping at 9:00am 

For questions, please contact Carolyn Martus at plantsale@cnpssd.org

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Garden Native Committee Meeting
Oct
11
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: Oakoasis County Preserve
Oct
8
8:00 AM08:00

FIELD TRIP: Oakoasis County Preserve

Oak Oasis is a little gem in East County that has scrub oak and manzanita chaparral, inland scrub and grassland, and a long stretch of oak woodland. The trail is an easy loop that overlooks San Vicente Reservoir about halfway into the 2.5 mile loop.  Early October can be a crap shoot for hiking, so be aware of weather conditions possibly topping 90F (~33C) or the East County turning into a BBQ again (keep knocking on [unburnt] wood)...

Read more and RSVP here

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Chapter Meeting: Nature Restoration Landscaping & Calscape
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

Chapter Meeting: Nature Restoration Landscaping & Calscape

with Dennis Mudd, founder of calscape.org

“Nature Restoration Landscaping & Calscape” is focused on helping people restore nature in their gardens, by building natural ecosystems composed of plants, insects, birds and other animal life indigenous to their location.  We’ll discuss some of the best practices for nature restoration landscaping, and demonstrate the Calscape web site, a powerful tool for helping people figure out which plants naturally belong in their garden, where to buy them and how to keep them healthy.

Dennis Mudd is a self-taught native plant enthusiast, who founded Calscape to enable small scale nature restoration efforts in California. Mudd now leads development of the site in partnership with CNPS and Jepson eFlora. His native garden won San Diego Home and Garden’s “Garden of the Year" award in 2012.  

6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES: 

Using the CNPS-SD Online Resources

with Joseph Sochor, Webmaster CNPS-SD

Joseph Sochor is a digital business consultant in San Diego. He designed the website for CNPS-SD and administers the social media platforms for the chapter.

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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GARDENING WORKSHOP: Create Beauty with California Natives - Learn from the Best!
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

GARDENING WORKSHOP: Create Beauty with California Natives - Learn from the Best!

  • On the campus of First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a day of speaker presentations and hands-on sessions with field experts. Learn how to:

* Successfully plant and maintain native gardens
* Encourage sustainable native habitats for birds, insects, butterflies and other animals. 
* Use local resources for both new and experienced native gardeners

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Garden Native Committee Meeting
Sep
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.

To get on the mailing list for details, agendas, and locations email gardening@cnpssd.org

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Tend the Native Plant Landscape in Old Town State Historic Park
Sep
9
9:30 AM09:30

Tend the Native Plant Landscape in Old Town State Historic Park

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

When Europeans arrived in 1769 in San Diego Bay, people had lived in the region for thousands of years. The local native Americans knew every native plant that played a useful part in their daily lives. Since 2008, the Native Plant Landscape has been planted with locally useful plants, and tended by volunteers, under the guidance of CNPS members. Currently the Landscape is home to around forty species that were growing in the coastal region when Europeans arrived, and that are known to be useful. 

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FIELD TRIP: Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension - Del Mar
Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension - Del Mar

This hike is a double loop trail overlooking the Del Mar coast within the quiet and often overlooked Torrey Pines SR Extension on the North side of Los Penasquitos Lagoon.  Weather at the beach has been cloudy and cool this year, but be ready to bring all your sun gear.  No dogs, please.

From the trailhead at the end of Mira Montana Dr, we'll head out on Red Ridge Loop for the views and then backtrack for the Mar Scenic Trail.  If there's time and interest, the DAR trail awaits as well with an even better ocean view.  While not much will be in bloom, we will pass by a number of rare plants including Del Mar manzanita (Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp crassifolia), White coast ceanothus (Ceanothus verrucosus), Summer holly (Comarostaphylis diversifolia), and of course many rare Torrey pines (Pinus torreyana ssp torreyana).  Communities within the Reserve range from the unique Southern maritime chaparral to Diegan coastal sage scrub, coastal bluff, and extremely rare Torrey pine woodland...

RSVP at the link

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Sep
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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Seed Sorting Party
Sep
2
9:00 AM09:00

Seed Sorting Party

Come for the whole time or just an hour, we'd love your help and a chance to catch up.

We still have seeds to package and some to clean.  If you have seeds to clean, please do bring them!  Also, we are in need of binder clips  and rubber bands if you have any sitting around please consider donating them.

See you there!

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Field Trip: PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK - Doane Creek & French Valley
Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

Field Trip: PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK - Doane Creek & French Valley

August promises to be very hot this year, so a beautiful, shade covered walk along the pines and dogwoods of Palomar Mountain is the way to go.  Given this year's rains, there's a very good chance that the Lower Doane and French Valley will still have plenty of late summer bloom.  This trip will take us down into Lower Doane Valley along Doane Creek to the Wier Historical Site and back around the French Valley.  We'll be on the hunt for seldom seen mountain perennials like White veined wintergreen (Pyrola picta), Western dog violet (Viola adunca), and Lemon lily (Lilium parryi) along the creeks and hillsides.  The pace will be mellow and the focus will be on finding late blooming plants, though please come for the bird watching as well!...

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Seed Sorting Party
Aug
13
9:00 AM09:00

Seed Sorting Party

Come for the whole time or just an hour, we'd love your help and a chance to catch up.  No experience necessary.

We still have seeds to package and some to clean.  If you have seeds to clean, please do bring them! And there is still much to do.

WE hope to have the new seeds for sale at the CNPS-SD Garden Native Workshop 2017 on Sat. Sept. 16th

See you there!

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Late Summer Cleanup at the Old Town Native Plant Landscape
Aug
12
9:30 AM09:30

Late Summer Cleanup at the Old Town Native Plant Landscape

We'll talk about what could be used from the landscape and clean it up as it
needs. Probably nip away at the post-fruitful elderberries, for starters.

Please bring water and sun protection. If you have loppers and/or hand
pruners, please bring them, and your gloves, or share ours.

Park in the lot off Calhoun and Taylor Streets. We meet under the sycamores
next to the parking lot. Some of us may go for no-host lunch at a local
restaurant after we wrap it up at noon.

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