Conservation Committee Meeting
Sep
4
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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WORKSHOP-Create a California Native Garden: Ready-Set-Go!
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

WORKSHOP-Create a California Native Garden: Ready-Set-Go!

  • Sumner Auditorium at UCSD-Scripps (map)
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Photo by James Brugger

We invite you to join the California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter for a special day of speaker presentations from experts in the field of California native gardening. Our Garden Tour this past April presented numerous examples of long-established California native gardens and other gardens that were in-the-making. Now we follow that up with a thorough introduction to the process of putting together a California native garden. Whether you have been inspired to plant your first native garden or already have an established garden, this workshop will offer solid insight into getting it right. We have scheduled this workshop just in advance of the best season of the year to plant a California native garden.

Photo by Jon Nachison

LEARN HOW TO

  • Design a California Native Plant Garden: Scoping your site for exposures, landscaping considerations, soils and drainage, and choosing an aesthetic.
  • Plant Selection: Finding the specific native plants that will thrive in your climate and particular garden environment. Using online tools to help you select.
  • Planting, Watering, and Mulching: An expert panel will explain the techniques and answer your questions.
  • Maintenance and Evaluation: Pruning, weed and pest control, shaping your aesthetic, and how to evaluate what is going right or wrong with your garden.

Photo by Judie Lincer

DETAILS

There will be five sessions in all, including a keynote address from Mike Evans, founder of Tree of Life Nursery. The 4th session of the day will be a moderated panel of experts answering numerous participant questions. The final session will be a co-presentation by two experts in the field.

  • Muffins, coffee, snacks, & university-catered boxed lunches 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.
  • Native plants available for purchase from Moosa Creek Nursery and Tree of Life Nursery from 8:00am-1:00pm. Representatives from the nurseries can help you select and we can hold your purchased plants for pickup at the end of the workshop.
  • Stroll the coastal native plantings during lunch on the UCSD-Scripps Seaside Forum campus 

TICKETS

Early Bird Registration through August 9: $45

General Registration beginning August 10: $55

NOTES

-If you require a VEGAN OR GLUTEN-FREE LUNCH please email us at workshop@cnpssd.org after purchasing ticket.
-We do not offer REFUNDS but your registration can be TRANSFERRED to a person of your choice.
-STREET PARKING is available as well as PARKING PASSES issued at designated lots on morning of event.


SCHEDULE

8:00-9:00am Registration, Coffee and Muffins, Plant Sale

9:00am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: A WALK THROUGH YOUR NATURAL GARDEN
Mike Evans (President, Tree of Life Nursery)

10:00am NATIVE GARDEN DESIGN NUTS 'N BOLTS
Clayton Tschudy (Owner of CJT Ecologics and Former Director of Horticulture & Exhibits at Water Conservation Garden)

11:00am NATIVE PLANT SELECTION FOR YOUR GARDEN-THE NATURE RESTORATION APPROACH
Dennis Mudd (Founder of Calscape.com and Winner of San Diego Home and Garden’s Garden of the Year Award in 2012)

12:00pm Lunch (boxed lunch included), Plant Sale continues until 1pm

1:00pm INSTALLATION: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PLANTING, WATERING, AND MULCHING

A panel of experts moderated by Clayton Tschudy:

-Mike Gonzales (Founding Member, San Diego Pollinator Alliance and Former Chairperson, CNPS-San Diego Garden Committee)
-Lee Gordon (CNPS-San Diego Writer and Committee Champion of Gardening and Propagation best practices)
-Diane Kennedy (Founder, Finch Frolic Demonstration Garden in Fallbrook)
-Don Rideout (Co-Founder and Past President, Anza-Borrego Desert Botany Society and Plant Selection Editor, Calscape.com)                                                             

2:15pm CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF YOUR NATIVE GARDEN
A presentation by the co-authors of "The California Native Landscape: The Homeowners’ Design Guide to Restoring its Beauty and Balance" and "The Drought-Defying California Garden"

-Lucy Warren (Author, Master Gardener, and Former Editor of California Garden magazine)
-Greg Rubin (President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc., Author, and a Licensed Landscape Contractor)

Photo by Veronica Bowers

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Garden Committee Meeting
Sep
12
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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Landscape-Quality California Native Plants
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Landscape-Quality California Native Plants

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
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Speaker: Patrick Montgomery, Sales Manager, RECON Native Plants

 

Patrick will speak about using California native plants to connect urban and designed landscapes with our California wild lands.

Patrick Montgomery is the Sales Manager for RECON Native Plants and has a B.A. in Landscape Architecture.

He can be contacted at patrick@reconnativeplants.com

 

 

 

 

6:30pm-7:00pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES 

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"Creating a Native Plant Display Garden at the San Diego County Fair"

with Elizabeth Hazard



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
Oct
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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Garden Committee Meeting
Oct
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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Fall California Native Plant Sale
Oct
13
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 email: plantsale@cnpssd.org

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Tecolote Canyon in High Summer
Aug
11
8:00 AM08:00

Tecolote Canyon in High Summer

TRAIL Difficulty: EASY +/- 1 mile
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Intermediate

This high summer walk is an in depth look at a wide number of native and non-native species in one of our urban natural parks: Tecolote Canyon. This canyon has a long history of development and recreational use, and is home to many endangered species of birds and plants like the coastal barrel cactus (Ferocactus viridescens), White coast ceanothus (Ceanothus verrucosus), and Nuttall's scrub oak (Quercus dumosa). This area is near and dear to many in this group and San Diego CNPS because it is where we have been independently assisting in restoration, education, and volunteering for the City of San Diego parks for a few years now.

Read more and RSPV here...

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Aug
7
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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Islas Revillagigedo, Remote Pacific Islands-a California Connection and Tropical Extremes
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Islas Revillagigedo, Remote Pacific Islands-a California Connection and Tropical Extremes

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
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Speaker: Tom Oberbauer, Chapter President CNPS-San Diego

The Revillagigedo Islands are a remote group of islands that consist of three islands and a large rock that range from 250 miles to 435 miles south and southwest of Cabo San Lucas. The largest is Socorro which ranges to over 3,300 feet in elevation and is 51 square miles in area. Clarion, the farthest out, is 7.6 square miles and San Benedicto, the closest one is 3.86 square miles. The rock is Roca Partida, a large sea stack far out in the ocean. They are semi-tropical but also have plants that are related to those in California and of course, southern Baja California. They all formed as the result of volcanic activity. San Benedicto violently erupted in 1952 and caused the extinction of an endemic form of rock wren. 

All the islands support endemic species of plants and birds, and Socorro and Clarion were subjected to extensive sheep grazing for approximately 100 years. The impact was extensive but the removal of the sheep by the Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas and their partners including Island Conservation Ecology Group, has allowed the islands to make progress toward recovery.

In February 2017 an expedition was made to the Revillagigedo Islands, stopping at a series of other islands on the way: Acunsion, San Roque and Magdalena Islands along the Baja California coast. Tom will provide a visual description of these fascinating, remote and little visited islands. He will describe the vegetation and many of the endemic species that inhabit the islands as well as some of the birds that utilize the islands as breeding areas.

Tom Oberbauer is a third generation native San Diegan with a life-long passion for Baja California and, in particular, the nearby islands. Beginning while at San Diego State University, Tom worked for the County of San Diego for 35 years while indulging in visits to nearly all of the islands off the coast of Southern California and Baja California. His interests emphasize native and rare plants, but they also include all birds, mammals, and reptiles that inhabit the region.

Note: There will be no NATIVES FOR NOVICES this month

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 Work Party
Jul
14
9:30 AM09:30

Old Town Native Plant Landscape Work Party

Have you ever been to the Old Town Native Plant Landscape? It is our CNPS Chapter's most enduring public native plant landscape. It is viewed by thousands of people every year. 

You can become a part of the Chapter's successful outreach by volunteering. Park for free in the State Park lot at the corner of Calhoun and Taylor Streets. Meet under the sycamores. Bring water & have sun protection. Also bring gloves and your favorite gardening tools, or use the Chapter's.

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

 

 

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Garden Committee Meeting
Jul
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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Punta Colonet & San Quintin Bay, Baja California - MEXICO!
Jun
23
to Jun 25

Punta Colonet & San Quintin Bay, Baja California - MEXICO!

Very special destinations on a cross border camping adventure! CNPS San Diego, in coordination with the CNPS Baja California Chapter will be joining for an international field trip on the Colonet Mesa and about the Northern Baja California Coastal Peninsula. With Josue Campos of RECON and Sula Vanderplank as our guides, we'll be taking a look at the maritime succulent scrub, vernal pools, and salt marsh areas around San Quintin, South of Ensenada.

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Native Plant Gardens: The Genetic Code
Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

Native Plant Gardens: The Genetic Code

with Bob Perry, Professor Emeritus Cal Poly Pomona, Academician, Author, Landscape Architect

Designing native plant gardens can be organized in many facets including science, form, function and art. Taken together, Bob Perry has found the challenge of designing a native plant garden to be quite overwhelming. This challenge has been made easier, but not simple, by spending years studying plant ecology, morphology, physiology, principles and elements of are, and design form. He is still imprinted by my early years in landscape architecture with two axioms: ‘Design is a Process’, and ‘Form follows Function’.  Today, he has come to the view that he has been learning how to write a story. A story that is called: ‘My Native Plant Garden’. He looks forward to sharing his story.

Robert Perry is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona. His academic career began in 1972 and still continues today. During this time he has taught in the UCLA Extension Program in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture Studies at USC, and at Cal Poly University Pomona. His career has been focussed on the study of plants and water conservation. Bob has written two previous books on landscape plants and water conservation including: Trees and Shrubs for Dry California Landscapes, 1980, and Landscape Plants for Western Regions, 1992. His latest effort, Landscape Plants for California Gardens, continues in this tradition. This latest book greatly expands the scope of coverage and thoroughness of photography.

Bob has been a licensed landscape architect since 1972 and has actively participated in many professional projects where his expertise on California native plants and landscapes for water conservation has been applied and refined. He continues to be an active proponent of resource conservation in landscapes through teaching, writing, public speaking and professional work.

6:30pm-7:00pm NATIVES FOR NOVICES

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Planting Natives in Containers

Speaker: Sue Marchetti

 

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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Garden Committee Meeting
Jun
13
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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Palomar Mountain State Park - French Valley
Jun
10
9:00 AM09:00

Palomar Mountain State Park - French Valley

DIFFICULTY: Easy to Moderate 3 to 5 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: All Levels

This is an annual trip, with the path ahead only slightly different from the previous trips. This time, we'll take the path down to the weir once more, but this time we'll focus a little more on French Valley, exploring further in for early summer bloom. The oak woodland path back through the campground to the parking lot won't be the end of this trip. We'll eat lunch at Doane Pond and then decide whether to head for the dogwoods (Cornus sps) up the Doane Valley or go to the rim trail at the upper lot from the Ancient Cypress grove. I expect there will be a lot to see even though Palomar mtn has only gotten less than half the usual rainfall this year (normal is 30+ inches).

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Old Town Native Plant Landscape Work Party
Jun
9
9:30 AM09:30

Old Town Native Plant Landscape Work Party

Have you ever been to the Old Town Native Plant Landscape? It is our CNPS Chapter's most enduring public native plant landscape. It is viewed by thousands of people every year. 

You can become a part of the Chapter's successful outreach by volunteering. Park for free in the State Park lot at the corner of Calhoun and Taylor Streets. Meet under the sycamores. Bring water & have sun protection. Also bring gloves and your favorite gardening tools, or use the Chapter's.

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

 

 

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Jun
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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Fire Recovery in Cuyamaca State Park
Jun
2
8:00 AM08:00

Fire Recovery in Cuyamaca State Park

HARD DIFFICULTY +/- 7.0 miles

PLANT KNOWLEDGE: All Levels, many specific terms

For anyone that is unaware of the history of Cuyamaca State Park and the Cleveland Nat'l Forest in San Diego County, the 2003 Cedar Fire devastated the yellow pine forest that covered Middle peak and Cuyamaca Peak. Since then, the park has gone through many phases of renewal and out of balance response cycles. In addition to the many montane and chaparral native plant species we'll find on the long trail, we'll take an in depth look at natural and human-driven methods of recovery. This is an interpretive walk over a great breadth of a place that is very special for many reasons.

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FIELD TRIP: Mt Laguna Calochortus Quest w/Fred Roberts
May
27
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Mt Laguna Calochortus Quest w/Fred Roberts

May is the time to check out Mt. Laguna and its many trails covered in pine forest and high elevation chaparral. This year, we're looking for resilient treasures in bloom like mariposas, cinquefoil, monardellas, meadowfoam, ceanothus, and on and on. For those of you who made it along the Sunrise Hwy with us in June of 2017, we welcome you back to examine a few of the same locations again and another short hike in Filaree Flat that has not been very well documented botanically. With the great knowledge and assistance of Fred Roberts, we'll find any Calochortus species in bloom and check out all the others that might catch our eye.

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FIELD TRIP: Oak Oasis - Bio Walk for Educators
May
20
8:00 AM08:00

FIELD TRIP: Oak Oasis - Bio Walk for Educators

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE LENGTH: 2.5 to 3 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: All Levels

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 a fairly easy loop that overlooks San Vicente Reservoir about halfway into the loop. The Preserve is a quiet place that supports multiple habitat types and hundreds of wildlife species

This trip is focused on bringing educators out into the wild to cover a wide variety of contemporary topics like climate change, regional planning, natural resource management, biological diversity, and fire science. Also, we will have an open discussion and short lectures of natural history, genetic drift, and annual to geological changes. If you are an educator in Southern California, join us for a pleasant walk in an area that is perfect for potential field trips. Tailor your questions to how to relate to your students or audience, or just come along to spectate in fresh air.

From the trailhead at Oak Oasis Rd (Large parking lot with restrooms), we'll be heading though the chaparral and discussing drought specialization and fire adaptations. The Chaparral has rare plants, with Oak Oasis being the central core for CNPS 1B.2 Lakeside ceanothus (Ceanothus cyaneus). Hopefully we'll come across blooming mariposa lilies and other flowers. We'll go over the ranking system for rare plants and animals briefly and reference our wildlife agencies and the laws they must abide by.

Carpool will be not available on this trip unless specifically requested.

This venture is tailored for an outing with the Teach For America Program and East County educators. Ten are signed up through a separate program. Apologies for the small sign up list.

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CHAPTER MEETING: Dudleyas and a Few of Our Other California/Baja Succulents
May
15
6:30 PM18:30

CHAPTER MEETING: Dudleyas and a Few of Our Other California/Baja Succulents

with Jeff Moore, Owner and Operator of Solana Succulents

 

Jeff will present a showcase of photographs and descriptions of many Dudleya species (liveforevers) from Southern California and Baja California. His talk will include some other succulents and also cacti species from the region. Of special interest will be highlights from a Dudleya excursion last year to Cedros Island off the west coast of Baja. Dudleya is a genus of succulent perennials in the Crassulaceae (Stone-crop Family).

 

 

 

Jeff Moore is owner and operator of Solana Succulents, a retail succulent nursery that has been in Solana Beach for 25 years. He has published three books on succulents: Soft Succulents (about Aeoniums, Echeverias, Dudleyas, Crassulas, Sedums, Kalanchoes and other species in cultivation); Aloes & Agaves in Cultivation; and Under the Spell of Succulents. His books will be available at the meeting for perusal and sale. Some plants will also be for sale.

WEBSITE: solanasucculents.com  INSTAGRAM: solanasucculents


6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

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Native Trees as Street Trees

 

with Greg Rubin

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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The Old Town Native Plant Landscape Needs YOU!
May
12
9:30 AM09:30

The Old Town Native Plant Landscape Needs YOU!

It is seen by more visitors than any other native plant landscape in San Diego. A few die-hard members have tended it for ten years. We hope more CNPS members will come help us and bond with it.

Please come help us grub out unwanted non-native pest plants. Bring your own gloves and hand tools or share ours. Bring water and sun protection.

After we hit the noon hour, some of us will go for a no-host lunch.

The landscape is at the corner of Congress and Taylor Streets. Park for free in the lot off Calhoun Street, past the green dumpsters.

 

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

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Garden Committee Meeting
May
9
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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FIELD TRIP: Del Mar Mesa - Tunnels & Pools in Search of Summer Holly
May
6
8:00 AM08:00

FIELD TRIP: Del Mar Mesa - Tunnels & Pools in Search of Summer Holly

Difficulty: MODERATE Length: +/- 4 miles
Plant Knowledge: All levels

Del Mar Mesa is a large Preserve in the exclusive area East of Carmel Valley adjunct to Rancho Penasquitos Canyon Creek. The 900 acre Preserve came out of tough negotiations with the landowners and the governmental agencies and houses dozens of threatened and endangered animal and plant species. The edges of the Preserve are still sought for active development - an issue that threatens the integrity of the habitats therein and the wildlife movement of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and even birds. We'll get a look into a very special area from the vernal pools atop the mesa to the riparian creeks, the coastal sage scrub, and tunnels through the coastal chaparral. Inside the Preserve, the area is popular with mountain bikers and hikers though it often has very few people about given the difficulty in public access points.

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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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FIELD TRIP: Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr
29
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary

2-4 miles DIFFICULTY: Easy to Moderate
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Some Experience

Join us at the stunningly beautiful and well-preserved Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary in East San Diego County. The Audubon Society's 785 acre property began 1965 with the donation of 85 acres and continues as a refuge in perpetuity for birds and other wildlife like reptiles, butterflies, pollinators, and mammals. The reserve manager of the Sanctuary, Phil Lambert, will take us briefly through the history and focus of the Sanctuary, and then lead us through riparian woodland and chaparral to view the plants within and the habitat's inhabitants. This is an opportunity to see inside a long standing research area and get as much or as little knowledge from it you want. Phil has a wealth of information and I will also assist in identifying spring plants too, so come curious! Or, if you just want to experience a relaxing shady trail on a warm spring day surrounded by birdsong, you should come as well.

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FIELD TRIP: Algodones Dunes BLM Wilderness Area
Apr
22
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Algodones Dunes BLM Wilderness Area

Imperial County is a large and sparsely explored botanical mystery to most, especially in areas that would appear at first glance to be inhospitable to life. When most people hear of Glamis and the Imperial Sand Dunes, the thoughts of people riding over sand dunes in buggies and ATVs comes to mind, running over the desert at a quick enough pace that the heat is calmed by a breeze of their own making. A deeper look uncovers a place that is very complex and amazing to study. The Dunes are a location set within an environmental duality, where temperatures can vacillate wildly between night and day, where moisture is both absent and surprisingly common, and extreme adaptations are required to survive.

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Garden-worthy Grasses and Grass-like Plants for the Garden
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Garden-worthy Grasses and Grass-like Plants for the Garden

with Carol Bornstein, Author and Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

 

We eat and drink them, build with them, and play on them. Of the 10,000+ species of grasses, discover some of the many California native choices for ornamental value as well. Whether replacing your water-guzzling lawn with a low-care alternative, creating habitat for wildlife, or simply adding movement to your garden, this talk will offer up many climate-appropriate native grasses and grass-like plants to consider. 

 

 

 

Carol Bornstein is Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where she oversees the long-term care and development of this 3.5-acre habitat for urban wildlife. For nearly 30 years, she was horticulturist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Carol co-authored two books, the national award-winning California Native Plants for the Gardenand Reimagining the California Lawn: Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs, both of which champion the benefits of designing gardens in harmony with nature. She continues to advocate for sustainable, regionally appropriate landscaping and to share her knowledge of plants native to California and other mediterranean and dry-climate regions through her writing, teaching, and design work. She received a B.S. in Botany from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Horticulture from Michigan State University.

WEBSITE: carolbornstein.com  CONTACT: carol@carolbornstein.com  


6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

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Developing a Wildflower Meadow

 

with Greg Rubin

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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The Drought-defying California Garden
Apr
14
6:30 PM18:30

The Drought-defying California Garden

SPEAKER:

GREG RUBIN, Awarded 2018 Horticulturist of the Year by the San Diego Horticultural Society

Greg Rubin will present a VERY thorough slideshow that touches on most aspects of native landscaping, including basic ecology, design techniques, plant selection, site preparation, irrigation, layout, planting, and maintenance. Important differences between ornamental horticulture and native ecology will be emphasized. There will also be special attention paid to the severe threat that Argentine ants/sucking insects pose to native plants, and how they may have been a leading (but little recognized) cause of native plant mortality as long as natives have been popular gardening subjects. 

Greg is the President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc., Licensed Landscape Contractor and co-author with Lucy Warren of "The California Native Landscape: The Homeowners’ Design Guide to Restoring its Beauty and Balance” and “The Drought-Defying California Garden”

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