San Diego Canyonlands
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

San Diego Canyonlands

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Speaker: Susan Krzywicki, San Diego Canyonlands Board Member & Native Plant Landscape Designer

The presentation will review the formation of San Diego’s canyons and the history of San Diego Canyonlands (SDCL) as an organization. It is SDCL’s goal to create Friends Groups for each canyon, engaging neighbors and local stakeholders in advocating and stewarding their local open space. There are many ways to get involved with SDCL or your local Friends Group and this will be discussed during the presentation.

Susan Krzywicki is a native plant landscape designer in San Diego. She has been an active member of this chapter and was the first Horticulture Program Director for the California Native Plant Society, as well as chair of the San Diego Surfrider Foundation Ocean Friendly Gardens Committee. She is now on the Bayfront Design and Cultural Committee for the Chula Vista Convention Center and parklands project. Susan joined the board of San Diego Canyonlands three years ago and curated the La Jolla Historical Society’s 2018 show on canyons and their impact on our ecology, politics and society.


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

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Volunteer Restoration Projects on Black Mountain Open Space- Progress Report

Speaker: Beth Mather

Upon retiring from a career in science and biotechnology, Beth turned her attention to habitat restoration. She worked for 9 months with Arne Johanson as a part of the CNPS Invasive Plant Committee. She then obtained a QAC, joined the Black Mountain Committee Advisory Committee, and in 2012 started working in the Black Mountain Open Space with Mike Kelly and the Black Mountain Open Space rangers.  

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

There is no fee to attend these presentations.

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Otay Mountain Truck Trail - Summer Rares at the Border
Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

Otay Mountain Truck Trail - Summer Rares at the Border

DIFFICULTY: EASY < 1 mile walking [HARD driving]
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT - Temps over 95F (35C) or Storm Warnings]
ATTENDEE LIMIT: Enforced on this trip - please do not sign up if you aren't going. Those who do not reply to the "head's up" email on June 20 will be dropped to accommodate another member on the wait list.

Otay Mountain is visible from all across the County on a clear day, standing tall on the boundary of the US and MX on the Southern border. Last year, the truck trail trip revealed a variety of communities, with each going up the mountain representing more rare diversity than the last. I chose this time of year for the high elevation (~3000' amsl) bloom that will hopefully be amazing in June.

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Jul
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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Noble Canyon Trail - Pictures of Lily
Jul
7
9:00 AM09:00

Noble Canyon Trail - Pictures of Lily

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE to HARD 4 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
Cleveland Natl Forest ADVENTURE PASS required if driving
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT - Temps over 95F (35C) or Storm Warnings]

This year has been incredible compared to the last couple of really dry years and the rains keep coming! The mountain trips will likely last into August this year and the first "mountain" trip will be Noble Canyon near Pine Valley. The California Native Plant Society's San Diego Chapter Rare Plant Botanist Fred Roberts found two different species of Lilies here in years past and we're following his lead to find them again. Expect quite a bit of technical botany, but once you get your fill of latin names, the trail is wonderfully challenging and beautiful in early summer.

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Garden Committee Meeting
Jul
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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Rancho Cuyamaca State Park - Annual Trip
Jun
16
9:00 AM09:00

Rancho Cuyamaca State Park - Annual Trip

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE 4.20 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
$5 parking fee if using State Park lots
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT - Temps over 95F (35C) or Storm Warnings]

Every year, CNPS-SD heads up Milk Ranch Rd between Cuyamaca and Middle Peaks from the swampy grasslands at the lake up through Ceanothus chaparral and into the mixed oak / yellow pine forest of the mountain. This year, we'll check the fire recovery growth and methods of restoration used by the State Park again, documenting a bit as we head from the viewpoint saddle to Azalea Springs. Down we'll head to the Western azaleas and shady streamline trail to end up at the State Park facilities. This trip is always a little different with flowers and wildlife along the trail so I can't tell you exactly what to expect except.

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Garden Committee Meeting
Jun
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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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve from Park Village Rd
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve from Park Village Rd

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE (4 to 5 miles)
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT - Temps over 90F (32C) or Storm Warnings]

For a first, CNPS-SD will head down into Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve for a trail that will aim for the Penasquitos Creek falls, which run all year. Depending on our group and the weather, we'll make a choice to head up to a site with dozens of bright yellow Weed's mariposa lily OR to take a shadier route among the oak trees of the canyon on a return loop along the Creek.

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Old Town Native Landscape Needs Your Help to Prepare for Big Fall Planting
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Old Town Native Landscape Needs Your Help to Prepare for Big Fall Planting

Where: Meet at 9 AM at the McCoy House Museum, the two-story white building nearest to the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets.

We will be planting a lot of new natives in the Native Landscape in November - December 2019. Between now and then, we invite volunteers to come on the second Saturday of each month, to help us remove whatever exotic weeds we find. We are doing our best to remove them before they go to seed, so the
new natives won't have to compete for space, water, and sunlight with exotic invaders.

Bring water and have sun protection. If you have gloves and a favorite weeding tool, bring them, or share ours.

Take bus, train, or trolley to the Old Town Station, and cross at the corner of Taylor and Congress. If you drive there is free parking in the F lot in Old Town, next to Calhoun Street, or in the CalTrans lot that you enter at Juan and Taylor Streets.

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

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Your Weeding Help Will be Welcomed at the Old Town Native Landscape
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Your Weeding Help Will be Welcomed at the Old Town Native Landscape

The 1/2-acre Native Landscape in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is being re-created. It was originally planted with large native shrubs, but the site was mis-used by people hiding behind the shrubs. It now is being prepped to be planted in the fall/winter with around 500 individual native plants of a dozen plant species that will grow into a low variegated carpet of plants. 

The low plants will not provide hiding places for people to mis-use the area. They will nestle in the shade of the thriving native trees or will fill up some sunny meadows. There will also be some beautiful tall native succulent and perennial accents. 

You are invited to burn off some calories and get to know some fellow CAnative plant lovers. We will focus on weed control. What doesn't get done this month will be done in July or August, on the second Saturday of each month, 9 AM to 1 PM.

The Native Landscape is at the west end of Old Town, where Taylor and Congress Streets meet. If you come by trolley, train, or bus, cross at Taylor and enter the DG roadway by the adobe wall painted with a welcome sign.

If you drive, park in the lot east of Taylor, south of Calhoun. or in the shady parking lot at the CalTrans building, entered at Taylor and Juan Street intersection. Walk to the adobe welcome sign at Taylor and Congress. 

Bring water, sun protection, and garden gloves and a favorite weeding tool. Or share ours.

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

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Jun
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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Jun
1
11:00 AM11:00

Bloom N' Art Garden Party at the SD County Fair

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CNPS-SD will host an information table here on June 1 during opening weekend of the San Diego County Fair.

At 1pm on the Home Sweet Home stage there will be a panel discussion of California Native Plants with chapter members Edmond Piffard, Daniel Bellino and Vincent Bellino.

LOCATION: Garden Show

GATE: O’Brien Gate

Join us on Opening Weekend, for the 2nd annual Bloom-N-Art Garden Party, featuring our Chalk Art Invitational, floral arts and artists in action.

We combined our traditional Flower Festival with other Fair Art and Garden Show exhibits to make this the largest art-inspired garden party of the summer! Our presenting sponsor, Albertsons|Vons will be on hand to advise you on choosing flowers for artful vase arrangements. Other attractions are music, food and beverages, amazing chalk art, market artists, organizations and societies, and much more.

Fair Website: https://sdfair.com

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The Mushrooms of San Diego and Flower Show
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

The Mushrooms of San Diego and Flower Show

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with Les Braund, President of Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon and Former President of the San Diego Mycological Society

From Les: “For a living I worked as a carpenter and general contractor. The majority of the time was spent doing restoration work. I attended Mesa College and San Diego State where I studied biology. 

I have always been interested in environmental issues.  I joined the Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon probably in 1985 or 86. I began doing nature walks a few years later and continue to this day. I have been the President of the Friends now for the last six years and this current term will be my seventh year. I joined the San Diego Mycological  Society in 1998. I served as President for a total of seven years. My most recent term ended this past December.

Other interest include collecting pollen, wood, duck decoys, and books. I volunteer with Project Wildlife for the last 16 years (racoon team) and I volunteer at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum (Wheel wright shop).”

Photo: Torrey Neel

5:30-7:30pm CNPS-SAN DIEGO FLOWER SHOW


Winter rains have brought us an amazing abundance of lovely flowers on our California native plants. Let’s celebrate by sharing flowers from our favorites - we can all admire them! We'll have some judges and award prizes for fun. The main objective is to show and share the diversity of spring blooms of our favorite natives.

Rules

  • Must be a native plant from California or Northern Baja. 

  • Flowers can be garden collected, or private property collected with owner's permission.

  • Provide one or two stems of each. If you have a potted plant that is blooming, bring the pot to the show.

Setup will be from 5:30-6:00. Judging for the People’s Choice award begins at 6:00. Main judging begins at 7:00 - winners to be announced before the meeting begins at 7:30.

We'll have some clear glass containers for cut specimens if needed. Better yet, bring your your own container (put your name on the bottom with tape). Plain glass jars work well.

Check our plant profile page https://www.cnpssd.org/plantprofiles  to see if your specimen has an information sheet that can be printed and displayed alongside your specimen (if not, a 3×5 card with scientific and common name listed will do). Please include your name and where the plant was grown.

AWARDS
Best Cut Flower, Annual
Best Cut Flower, Perennial
Best Flower on Potted Plant
People’s Choice
Best in Show

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

There is no fee to attend these presentations.

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May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla

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The CNPS-San Diego Seed and Bulb Committee will be selling seeds at this event. You can also order seeds online.

For two decades La Jolla Historical Society’s Secret Garden Tour has provided the opportunity to step into the extraordinary world of La Jolla’s private gardens. In addition to plants and landscaping, the Tour includes opportunities to explore unique designs and in the company of garden enthusiasts and friends. La Jolla’s tour often includes historic homes and unique architecture, and the gardens are made special with live musicians, plein air artists, and dining table designs. The Secret Garden Tour provides financial support for the Society’s exhibitions and educational programs.

Self Guided Tour $50 general admission | $40 for La Jolla Historical Society Members | $60 admission/day of the Tour. Platinum Tour tickets which include brunch and transportation to the gardens: $150 general admission | $140 for La Jolla Historical Society Members. https://lajollahistory.org/events/secret-garden-tour/

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Dictionary Hill w/ Jim Merzbacher
May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Dictionary Hill w/ Jim Merzbacher

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE 1-2 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[ALL WEATHER EVENT]

This is expected to be a short morning trip with early afternoon options afterwards. We'll be meeting at the surprisingly diverse Dictionary Hill where an uplift of meta volcanics in the area have created a spot where rare plant and animal species hold on while being surrounded by development. Dictionary Hill is a location where the endangered Quino Checkerspot butterfly has been known to fly. We'll follow the lead of the primary docent, Jim Merzbacher and (hopefully) County Parks Ranger Craig Newson. Jim is a co-founder of Dictionary Hills Open Space Advocates (DHOSA) dictionaryhill.info/index.html, an excellent non-profit focusing on this local treasure. Check out their website for more info about their work and the land they act to protect.

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The Old Town Native Landscape Needs Your Help to Prepare it For Big Fall Planting
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

The Old Town Native Landscape Needs Your Help to Prepare it For Big Fall Planting

Where: Meet at 9 AM at the McCoy House Museum, the two-story white building at the west end of Old Town State Park where the bus/train/trolley station is located. This is at the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets.

The Native Landscape will be the site of a major planting effort in November-December 2019. In order to minimize the weed seeds on the site, we are inviting volunteers to come once/month on the second Saturday of the month between now and November, to weed. Then, when we plant new native plants,
they will have the best chance to establish without having to fight for space with exotic invaders.

In May we plan to remove exotic grasses that are already going to seed, to reduce this years' prolific weed crop's seed from getting into the ground. We also hope to finally obliterate the three weedy clover species that came up this year.

Bring water and have sun protection. If you have gloves and a favorite weeding tool, bring them, or share ours.

Take bus, train, or trolley to the Old Town Station, and cross at the corner of Taylor and Congress. If you drive there is free parking in the F lot in Old Town, next to Calhoun Street, or in the CalTrans lot that you enter at Juan and Taylor Streets.

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

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CNPS-SD Seed and Bulb Team's Seed Sorting Party
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

CNPS-SD Seed and Bulb Team's Seed Sorting Party

Between our online sales, the CNPS Garden Tour and Winter Workshop our inventory is running low!  We will be replenishing our inventory in anticipation of our next sale at the Secret Garden Tour: https://lajollahistory.org/events/secret-garden-tour.

I want to extend the many heart felt thanks I have been getting from people about the service and variety of seeds we provide to San Diego County and beyond.  So many people are super appreciative of our collection and it’s all thanks to this amazing group of volunteers!  Thank you so much!

Please let me know if you think you can attend and/or if you will be bringing seeds to donate.

Be warned it is baseball season and the parking lot will likely be full so you may need to park far away.

See you there!

Cindy Hazuka

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Garden Committee Meeting
May
8
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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Conservation Committee Meeting
May
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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Torrey Pines Extension &amp; Crest Canyon - Del Mar
Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Torrey Pines Extension & Crest Canyon - Del Mar

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE 2-3 miles (or less)
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[RAIN CANCELS THIS EVENT!]

This trip is a yearly treat, and the trail won't change much but the plants and flowers and knowledge will be for the better! For 2019, we've had an extraordinary amount of rain and that means an extraordinary amount of bloom. We'll do a three part trip, with opportunities to head out after the Red Ridge trail, or continue on down the Margaret Fleming Trail to the canyon below with a completely different vegetation community and plant types. Instead of calling it a day - there's a third portion where we'll rejoin after lunch at Crest Canyon Park (just to the north). Crest Canyon has many similar environments and species, but is not as covered. We'll be more focused on doing stronger documentation including iNaturalist and tagging species for possible collections. Our CNPS San Diego Rare Plant Botanist Fred Roberts will join us to help identify and document the rare plants in both areas.

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Wild Yards Project: The New Wilderness Begins at Home
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Wild Yards Project: The New Wilderness Begins at Home

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PC: Sian Heder

with David Newsom, Founder, Wild Yards Project

David will speak about Wild Yards Project, a collaboration of story-tellers and native plant professionals working together to inspire people not just in California but across the country to transform their yards into native-plant habitat. 

David Newsom is a lifetime naturalist, an amateur native-plant gardener, and a 27 year veteran of film and television, the last 10 years of which has all been adventure-documentary. With the arrival of his two kids, however, he suddenly realized that they may never cultivate an intimacy with nature unless he brought nature to their yard. So, he did. Hence the WYP was born.  

wildyardsproject.com

Instagram

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

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“Butterflies in SD County”

Speaker: Kojiro Shiraiwa

Kojiro Shiraiwa will introduce his most recent book, Butterflies of Dictionary Hill, and will also discuss his earlier book, Butterflies of San Diego County. The books contain full color figures of butterflies for easy identification, as well as discussions of butterfly biology and ecology. These pictorial books are great for kids as well as the general public. Dictionary Hill supports coastal sage scrub and a wealth of native plants, birds, wildflowers, small animals, and hill-topping butterflies. In 2017 the County added 175 acres of Dictionary Hill to the MSCP preserve. http://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/park-pages/dictionary-hill-county-preserve.html

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

There is no fee to attend these presentations.

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CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Inviting Nature Home
Apr
13
to Apr 14

CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Inviting Nature Home

FEATURING THE CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDENS OF CENTRAL SAN DIEGO COUNTY

PC: Dennis Mudd

NOTE: Online ticketing will close at midnight, Friday, April 12. Tickets will be available at the door throughout tour weekend at the Tickets and Info garden at 11855 Caminito Sanudo in San Diego, CA. (gate code #11855). The Tickets and Info garden will be open from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 & 14.

The California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter (CNPS-San Diego) presents its seventh annual Garden Tour, Inviting Nature Home: Native Gardens of Central San Diego County, the weekend of April 13 & 14, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. each day. With this self-guided tour, spend a day or two exploring and learning from these gardens that highlight plants that create habitat, dry streambed bioswales, adjacent natural areas, water catchment devices, slope gardens, charming water features, bridges, sculptures and more. Be inspired this Spring!

TOUR

Self-guided with docents at 14 private gardens. 7 additional gardens on the Tour for front yard viewing listed in program book. Admission good for both days of the Tour.

Attendees ordering tickets online April 6 and after will pick up their program booklets during Tour weekend at the Tickets and Info garden at 11855 Caminito Sanudo in San Diego, CA (gate code #11855) beginning at 9:30am.

LOCATION

Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Clairemont

PC: Torrey Neel

-Entry to 14 private residential gardens staffed with interpretive docents, owners, and designers

-7 additional FYI (Front Yard Inspiration) gardens on the route

-Instructional presentations and plantings on Saturday and Sunday

PC: Torrey Neel

ON SALE DURING THE TOUR

-A comprehensive selection of California native plant-related books on sale at the door ticket sales location in Scripps Ranch

-Seeds for over 100 species of California native plants. Start your garden from scratch with minimal investment.

-An expanded array of California native plants in 1 gallon and 5 gallon sizes from Moosa Creek Nursery will be available at Walter Andersen Nursery in Poway during Tour weekend. Tour attendees receive a 10% discount on these plants during Tour weekend.


Plants Labels & QR Codes

On the Tour, plant species will be labeled such that you identify them. The labels will also have QR codes that will automatically take you to a full page description of the plant on our Plant Profiles section of our website. If you do not currently have a QR reader app on your smartphone you can download one here:

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OVERVIEW MAP

Although we cannot list garden addresses here or in any electronic format due to privacy concerns, all addresses and locations are listed in the Tour booklet you will receive when you purchase a ticket. Here is an overview map to give you a general idea of the scope of the Tour: https://www.cnpssd.org/gt2019map


Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Pauwai

(SUNDAY ONLY)

Photo courtesy of Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center of Pauwai

Photo courtesy of Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center of Pauwai

Take a one-hour Guided Tour on Sunday, April 14! The 5-acre Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Pauwai features a demonstration garden representing local plant life as the Kumeyaay knew it 2,000 years ago. This authentic habitat site includes a hillside walk for the adventurous explorer. You will be guided along this trail by knowledgeable docents where you can run your fingers over deep acorn grinding holes, peer into accurate representation of native huts (‘ewaas) and breathe in California's signature aromas of sage and pine. Learn about how plants were used for food, clothing, shelter and medicines (ethnobotany) and behold this special site where you can truly envision how this land looked so long ago.

This special extended, comprehensive tour is being offered exclusively for the Garden Tour. The cost will be $10 and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the City of Poway for the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center. Buy your tickets early as we expect that this will sell out quickly.

PC: Torrey Neel

GARDEN TALKS

Saturday, April 13, 1:00–1:30 p.m., Speaker: Lee Gordon at ‘Native Plants Win! A Beautified Brush Management Zone’

Native plants in your garden support native insects, which in turn provide food for birds. This makes for a pollinator paradise and is why native gardens are able to bring so many birds to and around your home. The good news is that there is such a wide diversity of natives in San Diego that you can find a great variety of plants no matter where you live. One of the best ways to find native plants that will work in your landscape is to wander in nearby open spaces and see what grows. Lee will talk about learning to identify local native plants that will be successful and require low maintenance. If you choose to do some irrigation, your choices multiply. We will discuss irrigation, both before you plant and for maintenance, how to plant, controlling weeds, and keeping plants trimmed.

Saturday, April 13, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Greg Rubin and Leo Hernandez at ‘Our Own Personal Natural Refuge’

Greg Rubin and Leo Hernandez of California's Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. will be available to chat and take questions in the garden.

Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. with Vincent and Daniel Bellino at ‘Name that Native’

Vincent and Daniel Bellino of Restoring California, who currently care for this lovely garden (originally installed by Greg Rubin), will be available to chat with you about why they love using California native plants in every garden design.

Refer to Tour booklet for garden addresses.


PC: Torrey Neel

Learn about how to plant native plants! Participate in one of our PLANTING DEMOS

Saturday, April 13, 11:00–11:30 a.m. at ‘Carriage Chaparral Trail’

Join Greg Rubin of California’s Own Native Landscape Design for a short discussion on how to approach preparing and planting a native vs. conventional landscape and why we follow this methodology, ending with a planting demonstration and Q&A.

Sunday, April 14, 1:00–1:30 p.m. at ‘California Meets Tuscany’

Join John Corning of Kelly Grn Native Landscape Living for a short discussion on soil types, techniques for digging holes, plant placement, whether or not to mulch, and irrigation, ending with a planting demonstration and Q&A.

Refer to Tour booklet for garden addresses.

PC: Judie Lincer

TICKETS

DOOR on Tour Weekend:$35
Purchase at Tickets and Info Garden-11855 Caminito Sanudo, San Diego, CA 92131 (Gate Code: 11855)

Note: Details may change without notice. This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are not refundable but are transferable to another person.

Questions Please email gardentour@cnpssd.org

PC: Lee Gordon

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Algodones Dunes Camping or Day Trip - Imperial County
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Algodones Dunes Camping or Day Trip - Imperial County

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE < 4 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Any on Saturday, Professionals & CNPS / SD Botanical Society fellows on Sunday
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[ALL WEATHER EVENT]

For everyone that missed the Algodones Dunes trip last year, here is your chance to jump in on a great repeat, with the extraordinary additions of Steve Hartman the CNPS Board President and Amy Patten, CNPS Rare Plant Botanist. Early April will hopefully have a great bloom of Algodones Dunes sunflower (Helianthus niveus ssp tephrodes), Giant spanish needle (Palafoxia arida var gigantea), Pierson's milkvetch (Astragalus magdalenae var piersonii), Sand food (Pholisma sonorae), and Fairyduster (Calliandra eriophylla) among other rare species and extreme desert endemic species.

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Apr
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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Top of the Morning - Elsinore Peak - Riverside County with CNPS-Orange County
Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

Top of the Morning - Elsinore Peak - Riverside County with CNPS-Orange County

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE ~ 2 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Novice, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
VEHICLES REQUIRE a USFS Adventure Pass [$30 Annual pass or $5 day pass]
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT]

This trip will be set in the backyard of Orange County and San Diego County atop the ridge of the Santa Ana Mtns on the far western edge of Riverside County. We're doing another joint trip with Ron Vanderhoff of Orange County CNPS, a great botanist who will help the group identify some of the extremely rare species we're hoping to find.

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From Seed to Seed: Native Plant Material Development for Ecological Restoration in Southern California
Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

From Seed to Seed: Native Plant Material Development for Ecological Restoration in Southern California

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
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with Matthew Garrambone, Program Manager and Ecologist for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Matthew will share his experience managing a program that develops site appropriate native plant materials for ecological restoration across multiple habitat types in Southern California. Topics such as: plant palette design, wild seed collection, farming native plants for seed, seed processing and storage, seed testing, and seed test interpretation will all be covered, with a focus on successful strategies and lessons learned over ten years of production.  

Matthew Garrambone is a Program Manager and Ecologist for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC). He oversees a variety of projects, including the development of native plant material for ecological restoration. In this capacity he oversees the collection of genetically local seed from the wild, the production of native plant materials using IRC’s native seed farm and plant nurseries, management of a physical and digital seed inventory, and development of custom seed mixes for IRC staff and partners. Matthew has 15 years of experience working with native plants, in both applied and academic settings. He received his Bachelors from Northern Arizona University in Environmental Communications, with a minor in Biology and his M.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from University of California Irvine, where his thesis work focused on “Germination Patterns of Coastal Sage Scrub Plant Species”. 

irconservancy.org/science--stewardship-staff.html

linkedin.com/in/matthew-garrambone-aaa26133

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

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Eureka! The Rare Plants of Orange County: Their Distribution, Abundance, and Conservation Strategies

Speaker: Hailey Laskey

Hailey’s Master’s capstone project addresses the spatial characteristics of the rare plants in Orange County to develop future monitoring and management for each species. This work is a continuation of a previous rare plant project through CEB and NCC to compile species occurrences within Orange County. Working with undergraduate UCI interns to compile the data from external and internal sources for 90 species ranked as rare by the CNPS, Hailey will share how data were analyzed to characterize the range, distribution, and recorded abundance of species while identifying gaps or patterns in the data. With this information, Hailey hopes to benefit NCC land managers by providing them an opportunity to address rare species management while choosing a restoration site or allocating resources for monitoring.

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

There is no fee to attend these presentations.

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Valley of the Moon - Imperial County
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Valley of the Moon - Imperial County

DIFFICULTY: Easy to Moderate (Rocky Terrain) <2 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Expert. Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Free to All, No charge. 4x4 required unless carpooling.
[EXTREME WEATHER CANCELS THIS EVENT]

Just over the border into SW Imperial County, a small pocket of the California Floristic Province jumps over into the Jacumba Wilderness Area. This heavily rocky area is strewn with granitic boulders and sheer cliffs of stacked rocks, making it a great and relatively discrete location for rock climbing, bouldering, camping, and hiking. Valley of the Moon is also known for its sometimes sordid past (and present) with caves in the rocks called Smugglers Den. We'll be headed out to look for a variety of rare and common native plant species. With the great rains this winter, I expect we'll be in for quite a treat. If you're not excited by that, at least there's the Desert Tower nearby!

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Garden Committee Meeting
Mar
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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Whale Peak and the Pictograph Trail Falls
Mar
10
8:00 AM08:00

Whale Peak and the Pictograph Trail Falls

DIFFICULTY: EASY 2.5 miles and/or HARD 8.5 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Novice, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT (Temps above 95F or storm/flood)]

Last year, we made a great loop about Anza Borrego State Park's Little Blair Valley, also known as the Mohave Pocket for the wide array of Mohavean species that survive there separated from their kin to the far North. Now, we're headed back for a two part trip to the falls on Pictograph Trail to the falls overlook (the Easy part), and then for the adventurous - a strenuous climb up Whale Peak and back (the Hard part).

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Work Party at the Old Town Native Landscape
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Work Party at the Old Town Native Landscape

Free Parking: in the CA Dept of Transportation parking lot of Taylor Street. Enter from the signal at Taylor and Juan. 

Walk to the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets, enter by the welcome sign, and up the DG road. 

Meet at the McCoy House Museum.

Have sun protection. Rain will cancel.

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

 

 

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CNPS Rare Plant Survey Protocols Workshop
Mar
6
to Mar 7

CNPS Rare Plant Survey Protocols Workshop

PC: Becky Reilly

In this workshop you will learn to conduct rare plant surveys and report your findings, contributing to the documentation and protection of California’s profusion of unique rare plants. This training includes a full day in the field getting hands-on experience.

Imperial Beach, CA
Taught by Heath Bartosh & Aaron Sims, with a guest lecture from Katie Gross
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CNPS Members $395 / Non-Members $425
Capacity: 20 participants
Last Day to Register: February 18, 2019

TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER click here

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