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

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

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

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FIELD TRIP: Santa Rosa Plateau of SW Riverside County
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

FIELD TRIP: Santa Rosa Plateau of SW Riverside County

+/-4 miles DIFFICULTY: Easy, but long walks with little shade
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to some Advanced
COST: $4 per adult, $3 for kids under 13

Santa Rosa Plateau is part of the Riverside County parks as a publicly accessible Ecological Reserve that protects over 9,000 acres of grassland and native prairie, oak woodland, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and of course the famous and unique basalt flow vernal pools. The Reserve was established as a wildlife refuge and historical timepiece, as the abodes we'll see are the earliest known European structures in Riverside County. The Reserve is managed now by a number of Rangers and biologists - some of whom we might meet at the Visitors Center at the start of the field trip. The Visitors Center has books, art, restrooms, a wonderful garden and possibly an outdoor exhibition on Sundays. For this trip, we'll not be able to get a guided tour, but with some luck, the weather should make up for it.

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Apr
3
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

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

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

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FIELD TRIP: Guatay Mtn-Tecate Cypress Grove & Rare Plant List
Apr
1
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Guatay Mtn-Tecate Cypress Grove & Rare Plant List

5+ miles DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Difficult
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Botanical Experience required


Easter is on April Fools Day this year and we're going to head up to Guatay Mountain in the Cleveland National Forest for our very own Easter egg hunt! The April Fool's is that the eggs are rare plants and there's no guarantee they will be in bloom. Jenny Moore, the Forest Botanist for the Forest Service will assist leading us to the top of the mountain for a great view of East County San Diego. This hike is open to any professionals who have collected before and know how to key rares and log them into the SD Plant Atlas / iNaturalist. Apologies to any who are just learning the ropes, this area is very sensitive and a portion of the trip will be off trail in sensitive habitat, so the discussions and rules will be very technical. Experienced California Native Plant Society (CNPS) members and professional biologists are highly encouraged to attend.

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FIELD TRIP: Torrey Pines Extension - Del Mar
Mar
25
8:30 AM08:30

FIELD TRIP: Torrey Pines Extension - Del Mar

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EASY to MODERATE Hiking, No Parking fees or passes required.
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to some Expert Terms

For those you you who went to Torrey Pines Extension last September, we covered the Red Ridge Trail and went down along the Margaret Fleming Nature Trail, finding many late bloomers and rare species along the way. This trip will take the same route to get another look, this time with spring annuals and a lot more blooming perennials. For everyone who might be experiencing this less traveled walk for the first time, this is certainly the best time of year to do it. Along Red Ridge, there's a large patch of Scarlet larkspur (Delphinium cardinale) that should be in wondrous bloom, along with both Ceanothus species (C. tomentosus & c. verrucossus), the Del Mar Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp crassifolia), sages (Salvia sps), monkeyflowers (Diplaucus / Mimulus sps), and Encelia (Encelia californica). Annuals we're hoping to find are the snapdragons (Antirrihinum sps), phacelias, poppies (Eschscholzia californica), hooked pincushion (Navarettia hamata ssp leptantha) and sun cups (Cammissioniopsis bistorta), among many others.

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

California Native Bees and their Pollen Plants

with Hartmut Wisch, retired Naturalist Guide

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

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

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

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


with Annika Nabors

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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

RECON Native Plants Nursery Tour - IB / San Ysidro

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

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Garden Committee Meeting
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

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

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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

Help Tend the Native Plant Landscape in Old Town State Park

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

FIELD TRIP: Otay Mountain Truck Trail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Old Town Native Plant Landscape Extra Weeding Party

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

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

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

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

 

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

Wildlife-Friendly Landscapes

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

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

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

6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

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My Favorite Native Plant

with Judie Lincer, Susan Lewitt & Diana Stockdale

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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

FIELD TRIP: Santa Margarita River Trail

3 to 5 miles roundtrip

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

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

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Garden Committee Meeting
Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

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

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Photo by Jeff Silva

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

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

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

LEARN HOW TO

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

DETAILS

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

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

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

Photo by Stephen Rosenthal

SCHEDULE

8:15-8:45 am Registration and Breakfast

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

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

11:50am Lunch

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

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

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

MORE DETAILS

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

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

Photo by Jeff Silva

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Feb
6
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

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

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

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

FIELD TRIP: Hollenbeck Canyon

4.5 miles roundtrip

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE to EASY

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

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

FIELD TRIP: Plum Canyon - Anza Borrego State Park

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

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

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

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

2017 Wildflowers of the San Diego County Desert and Coast

with Tom Oberbauer, Vice President CNPS-San Diego

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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

FIELD TRIP: Cabrillo National Monument - Point Loma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions? Email OldTownLandscape@cnpssd.org

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Garden Committee Meeting
Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

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

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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