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Sage Against the Machine - A Night of California Native Plant Songs and Stories
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

Sage Against the Machine - A Night of California Native Plant Songs and Stories

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
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Guest: Sage Against the Machine (Evan Meyer, Antonio Sanchez, Nicole Calhoun)

An hour of native plant-themed music and stories about living and working with California native plants. From the punk rock-inspired ‘Kill Your Lawn!’ to the tragic love ballad ‘Your Love is Like a Manzanita’ and the toe-tapping ‘Rare Plant Blues’, native plant horticulturists and musicians Evan Meyer, Antonio Sanchez, and Nicole Calhoun promise to keep the night lively and fun. Their unique collection of original songs and stories explore native plant conservation and horticultural themes in a sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always entertaining fashion. A unique native plant presentation not to be missed!

Sage Against the Machine started as a piano/guitar duo of native plant nerds who joined forces at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in 2013. Pianist and vocalist Evan Meyer has played music professionally in New England and is currently Assistant Director of the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA. Guitarist and vocalist Antonio Sanchez has been an amateur musician for over a decade, and is currently Assistant Nursery Manager at Growing Works Nursery in Camarillo. Cellist and bassist Nicole Calhoun recently joined the band and is the owner of Artemisia Nursery in Los Angeles.

6:30-7:00pm: First Presentation:

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More Than Meets the Eye - Exploring California Native Plants with All Our Senses

with Nicole Calhoun, Gardener, Naturalist, and Owner of Artemisia Nursery

Join Nicole Calhoun of Artemisia Nursery for an exploration into the extravisual qualities of California's native plants.

www.artemisianursery.com

instagram.com/artemisia.nursery

facebook.com/artemisia.nursery

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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Islands in the Southern Sea of Cortez
Jul
16
6:30 PM18:30

Islands in the Southern Sea of Cortez

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
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Speaker: Tom Oberbauer, Past President of the San Diego Chapter of CNPS and a member since the mid 1970s.  

Baja California is favored with a wide variety of islands.  The ones on the west side in the Pacific are floristically related to the islands of Southern California including Guadalupe Island which is an oceanic volcano, Cedros Island which is near the desesrts in mainland but which collects fog to support forests, and the Coronado Islands south of Point Loma. The islands in the Sea of Cortez are predominantly the product of the opening of the Gulf of California by faulting with some islands fragments of tectonic plates and others volcanic activity stimulated by the sea floor movements.  These islands form an archipelago that not only supports unique flora, with numerous species of succulents not found anywhere else, but also an extremely diverse array of reptiles and untouched natural habitats.  Because each island has different combinations of granitic, metamorphic and volcanic rock, each island has a unique character.  Some are small consisting of only a few acres while others are multiple miles long.  

In November of 2018, a group of researchers traveled to a number of these islands and collected plants, observed vegetation, viewed scenic landscapes, monitored the birds, reptiles, mammals, insects and scorpions, and even camped out on several of them. Tom Oberbauer was able to participate in this trip and will provide an account of some of the phenomenal features of the islands with an emphasis on the plant flora.

Tom Oberbauer is a past president of the San Diego Chapter of CNPS and a member since the mid 1970s.  Third generation San Diegan who is fascinated by the islands of Southern and Baja California.  Tom has published a number of articles and papers on the plants of San Diego and Baja California. He has generated small documentaries on the west coast islands at PL Natural Resources and is working on more.

6:30-7:00pm: FIRST PRESENTATION

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Recognizing Hybrid Processes in the History of the Southwest

with Dr. Lluvia Flores-Renteria

California is a center of biodiversity of pines. In this talk I would highlight the importance of hybridization in species of pines which are foundation species of the California woodlands. Several species of the subsection Cembroides grow in semiarid areas of California and occupy different ecological niches. In the Southwest there are one- and two-needle pinyon pines, which have been suspected to hybridize. Using morphological, ecological and genomic data we have 1) addressed whether these taxa hybridize and 2) established species boundaries. Dr. Flores-Renteria will discuss the taxonomic controversy of the one- and two-needled pinyon pine complex, their species boundaries and their ecological roles. The gene flow among these species might teach us how species exchange genes with adaptive value, which might help them cope with climate change. 

Dr. Flores-Renteria is an evolutionary ecologist interested in phylogenetics, population genetics, evolution of reproductive systems, and the evolutionary ecology of plant-insect-microbe interactions under climate change.

WEBSITE

Research Horizons: Lluvia Flores-Rentería - California Flora Research

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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San Diego Canyonlands
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

San Diego Canyonlands

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

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Facebook Group

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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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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Inspect and Manage – A Regional, Collaborative Approach to Monitoring Rare Plant Species in San Diego County
Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

Inspect and Manage – A Regional, Collaborative Approach to Monitoring Rare Plant Species in San Diego County

with Jessie Vinje, Botanist and Biologist with Conservation Biology Institute

In 2016, 2017, and 2018, the Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) and AECOM coordinated and implemented the San Diego Management and Monitoring Program (SDMMP) Management Strategic Plan (MSP) Inspect and Manage (IMG) regional rare plant monitoring protocol for 30 rare plant species on conserved lands in western San Diego County. SDMMP, in collaboration with the City of San Diego, CBI, and The Nature Conservancy, developed the threats-based monitoring protocol based on existing rare plant and habitat assessment protocols. The 2016 - 2018 monitoring effort involved greater than 50 entities, including federal and state wildlife agencies, local jurisdictions, non-profit land conservancies, private landowners, military, and volunteer organizations. We trained agency staff and volunteers through workshops and site visits, assisted land managers with monitoring, and monitored ‘orphan’ populations.

We monitored a total of 235, 205, and 227 rare plant occurrences in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. For each occurrence, we collected data on species status, habitat attributes, and threats.  Monitoring as many occurrences of a species within the same year using the same method improved our understanding of species status, threats, and management priorities. High priority occurrences will be eligible for regional management funding.

Jessie Vinje is a botanist with Conservation Biology Institute. She has over 20 years professional experience in field biology, botany and land management throughout California with a strong background in coastal and desert ecology, and natural resource management and restoration.  She specializes in the flora of central and southern California coast and coastal ranges, western and central Mojave Desert, and central and southern Sierra Nevada Mountains where she has surveyed for and located more than 120 threatened, endangered, or sensitive plant species.  She is a member of the San Diego Rare Plant Oversight Committee and the San Diego County Weed Management Area steering committee.

Jessie.vinje@consbio.org

Conservation Biology Institute:

Web consbio.org

Twitter twitter.com/ConsBio

Facebook facebook.com/Conservation.Biology.Institute

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

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Native Plant Propagation Basics

with Amy Huie, Instructor Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture Program

Amy teaches Plant Propagation in the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture Program. She works for Sweetwater Authority as a Watershed Caretaker. She has served as a volunteer with CNPS-San Diego for over ten years having served on the Plant Sale Committee, Propagation Committee, and as the Seed and Bulb Sale Team Leader.

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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Seed Banking for the Future: Conserving San Diego’s Native Plants
Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

Seed Banking for the Future: Conserving San Diego’s Native Plants

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
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with Stacy Anderson and Joe Davitt, San Diego Zoo Global Native Plant Seed Bank

San Diego Zoo Global’s Native Plant Seed Bank has been making seed collections for restoration and conservation purposes since the early 2000’s. The seed bank houses over 750 seed collections from plant populations located throughout the county and beyond. In recent years the program has become an integral part of the California Plant Rescue project (CaPR). Focusing on rare and imperiled plant populations, our seed banking efforts have resulted in over 115 seed collections in the past 4 years, from San Diego’s most endangered plant populations. We’ll discuss our process from collecting, drying, and freezing, to germination testing and propagation research, as well as many of the fascinating species we’ve been working with recently.

Stacy Anderson began collecting seeds for the Native Plant Seed Bank in 2004 as part of a collaboration with the Millennium Seed Bank at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London. Joe Davitt began in early 2015 as the program became making CaPR rare plant seed collections. Both Stacy and Joe were raised in rural sections of San Diego County and native plants and animals hold a special place in their hearts. “We are so happy to be working to conserve the native plants of this important and unique region for future generations, and we’re excited to share our work with you!”

sanderson@sandiegozoo.org

jdavitt@sandiegozoo.org

Joe’s blog page - institute.sandiegozoo.org/science-blog/by-author/6187

California Plant Rescuecaplantrescue.org

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

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“San Diego Natives for San Diegans: How the CNPS-SD Seed and Bulb Committee Can Help You Plant Local”

with Cindy Hazuka, Seeds and Bulbs Coordinator, CNPS-San Diego

The CNPS-San Diego Seed and Bulb Committee acquires, packages, and sells California native seeds primarily from the San Diego area. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into maintaining our inventory of over 100 species which are available to the public for purchase. This talk will cover the steps we take to acquire and prepare our seeds, as the well as how to cross reference the current inventory list with plants that are known to grow close to your home using the “What Grows Here?” tool in Calflora.org.

Cindy Hazuka has been the Coordinator of the CNPS-SD Seed and Bulb Committee since 2016. She has been a member of CNPS since the early 1990s and been involved in many native plant garden and propagation efforts. She holds a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University.

Seed and Bulb Committee webpagecnpssd.org/seeds-and-bulbs
Current list of seeds for sale on Calscapegoo.gl/6Nk3xr and on Calflora: calflora.org//app/ipl?list_id=px419

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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Fern Diversity in San Diego County
Dec
18
6:30 PM18:30

Fern Diversity in San Diego County

with Dr. Jon Rebman, Curator of Botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum

With approximately 50 different fern and fern ally taxa documented to occur in San Diego County, this group is well represented locally, but not well known. Come join Dr. Jon Rebman as he presents this fern diversity and goes into depth on many of the taxa that grow in our region. He will also be showing various ferns that might possibly occur in our County, but have not yet been discovered here.

Jon P. Rebman, Ph.D. has been the Mary and Dallas Clark Endowed Chair/Curator of Botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) since 1996. Dr. Rebman is a plant taxonomist and conducts extensive floristic research on the Baja California peninsula and in San Diego and Imperial Counties of California. He leads various field classes and botanical expeditions each year and is actively naming new plant species from the region. His primary research interests have centered on the systematics of the Cactus family in Baja California, especially the genera Cylindropuntia (chollas) and Opuntia (prickly-pears). However, Dr. Rebman also does a lot of general floristic research and he has co-published the new Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Baja California, Mexico and the most recent edition of the Checklist of the Vascular Plants of San Diego County.

He has over 25 years of field experience with surveying and documenting plants including rare and endangered species. As a field botanist, he is a very active collector of scientific specimens with his personal collections numbering over 35,000. He is the director of the San Diego County Plant Atlas project (www.sdplantatlas.org) and identifies/verifies all of the new specimens (currently over 69,000) coming into the herbarium through this scientific endeavor. As the curator of the SD Herbarium at the SDNHM, he is in charge of this dried plant specimen collection that contains over 270,000 specimens dating back to the 1870s. Rebman published the newest edition of the Baja California Plant Field Guide with co-author Norman Roberts in 2012, and is working on a new bilingual, plant field guide for the Cape region of Baja California Sur. 

Email: jrebman@sdnhm.org

San Diego County Plant Atlas website: sdplantatlas.org / Baja Flora website: bajaflora.org


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


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

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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Native Plant Conservation at the Mojave Desert Land Trust
Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

Native Plant Conservation at the Mojave Desert Land Trust

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
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Speaker, Madena Asbell, Director of Plant Conservation Programs at the Mojave Desert Land Trust in Joshua Tree, CA.

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The Mojave Desert Land Trust was founded in 2006 by a group of local environmentalists. In 2015 the organization moved into an old nursery facility and began restoring it to working order. Over the past 2½years, MDLT has established a native plant restoration nursery, a conservation seed bank, and an herbarium to dedicated to the documentation, preservation and restoration of native plants on its properties. In this presentation, Madena Asbell will discuss MDLT’s mission and plant conservation programs. 



Madena Asbell is Director of Plant Conservation Programs at the Mojave Desert Land Trust in Joshua Tree, CA. She has a background in art and horticulture and has over 15 years of experience working with CA native plants. Prior to joining MDLT, she was director of horticulture at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants in Sun Valley, CA. 

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

Back Country Land Trust: Protecting Open Space Lands and Restoring Habitat Conditions

with Jon Green, Program & Outreach Director for the Back Country Land Trust

This presentation will introduce our audience to what a Land Trust is, and will discuss the important work that these community-based organizations are doing in San Diego County and around the country to protect open-space lands, restore habitat conditions, and protect public recreation opportunities. The Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) is one of our local, homegrown land trusts here in eastern San Diego County. Based in the semi-rural community of Alpine, this local conservation group has helped to protect over 6,000 acres of critical habitat in eastern San Diego County since 1990. BCLT currently manages 4,000 acres of open-space land from Alpine and Peutz Valley to La Posta and Potrero. Their conservation lands are open to the public for passive recreation opportunities, such as hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. BCLT also endeavors to protect the working landscapes in the East County for their cultural heritage and history of farming and ranching, by working with local communities and tribal groups to identify key historic properties and places of ancient cultural significance to the Kumeyaay people, local settlers, and current residents of the Back Country.

Jon Green is the Program & Outreach Director for the Back Country Land Trust.  Jon has been working on conservation land management and habitat restoration in the East County for the last 7 years. His work with BCLT and other local partner groups in San Diego has increased the visibility of privately owned conservation lands and the need for community-based stewardship in the Back Country. By encouraging residents to take charge of their own community’s future by actively working against inappropriate development and preserving land through a public-private partnership model, Jon’s work with BCLT has built a strong coalition of local residents, partner groups, and wildlife agencies to protect and restore our natural lands and native plants and wildlife. http://backcountrylandtrust.org

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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The New California Garden:  A Watershed Approach to Residential Landscapes
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

The New California Garden: A Watershed Approach to Residential Landscapes

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
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Speaker: Jodie Cook, Landscape Architect and Designer, ASLA

Watershed Gardens are the future of California home landscaping. Join NatureScape and MyAvantGarden.com creator Jodie Cook to learn how to create a wildlife-friendly, naturally low-water native garden with curb appeal using the watershed approach to landscaping. 

 Our gardens can do so much more than just look pretty – designing with the watershed means creating a garden that flourishes in the face of change. You will be introduced to basic rainwater capture theory and contouring soil for rain.

As a professional landscape designer, instructor and former public garden Director Jodie Cook immerses herself in plants, gardens and landscapes daily. She was certified in Landscape Architecture through the University of California, Berkeley and has trained at the New York Botanical Garden School of Horticulture and Design. Jodie is an EPA Watersense certified Watershed-Wise Landscape Professional, a Watershed-Wise Landscaping Qualified Trainer, a US Green Building Council ‘Sustainable Sites’ Certified Advanced Professional. She has taught Metropolitan Water District’s California Friendly Landscape Workshops.

She operates Jodie Cook Landscape Design, LLC and MyAvantGarden.com, a collaboration with Tree of Life Nursery offering turn-key front yard landscape conversions from turf to native gardens. www.jodiecookdesign.com, www.myavantgarden.com

6:30pm-7:00pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES 

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Your Natives Love Rainwater: Learn How to Catch and Store Rainwater to Keep Your Native Garden Thriving

with Brook Sarson, Co-owner and CEO of CatchingH2O and H2OME

Brook is co-owner and CEO of CatchingH2O and H2OME. She started H2OME in 2008 with the mission to be a resource to the San Diego Community for water harvesting. She was determined to create change from the ground up by showing homeowners, educators, and policy makers how simple and effective rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling can be. Her continued mantra has been that individual contributions create tremendous impact toward a larger water conservation strategy. @sandiegosaveswater, www.h2o-me.com, www.catchingh2o.com, brook@h2o-me.com

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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

Quail-friendly Plants of Baja California

with Sula Vanderplank, Ph.D, Conservation Botanist

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

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


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


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

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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

Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias

with Michael Wilken-Robertson, Anthropologist

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

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

6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

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"Watering Native Plants in Small Places"

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

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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

USFS Management of Rare Plants on Fuel Breaks

Munz's Onion (Allium munzii)

BEFORE THE MEETING

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

SALE PLANT LIST 40% OFF TUESDAY, OCT 17


Presentation with Kirsten Winter, Supervisor, Cleveland National Forest

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

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

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

6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

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"How to Plant a Native Plant"

 

 

with Sue Marchetti, Chairperson, Natives for Novices

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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

Chapter Meeting: Nature Restoration Landscaping & Calscape

with Dennis Mudd, founder of calscape.org

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

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

6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES: 

Using the CNPS-SD Online Resources

with Joseph Sochor, Webmaster CNPS-SD

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

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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Chapter Meeting: Native Plants and Permaculture
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Chapter Meeting: Native Plants and Permaculture

with Diane & Miranda Kennedy, Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture

We’ll explore how native plants are integral to any landscape, not just because of their drought tolerance, but because of their communication skills. We’ll also see how using permaculture practices when planting ensure native plant survival.

Diane and Miranda Kennedy of Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture. Diane is a former SDC Senior Park Ranger and active with the Fallbrook Land Conservancys Native Plant Restoration Team. Miranda has a degree in Wildlife Conservation and is a Board member with the FLC. Together they teach permaculture through tours of their food forest, consultations, lectures and via www.vegetariat.com and Finch Frolic Facebook.

6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES: 

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Drought Busting Edible Gardens: How to use California Native Plants as part of a sustainable landscape

 

with Alden Hough, Sky Mountain Permaculture Institute

 

 

Alden Hough is a Permaculture Designer and Educator, and Program Director of Non-Profit organization Sky Mountain Permaculture in Escondido, where he teaches people how regenerate the Earth and live more sustainable lives. He has created a seven-acre rainwater harvesting demonstration site to show people how to “first plant the water”. Alden graduated from the Center for Agro-Ecology and Sustainable Food Systems program and has a Geology degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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Update on Current Invasive Tree Pests: South American Palm Weevil, Goldspotted Oak Borer and Invasive Shot Hole Borer Fusarium Dieback Disease
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Update on Current Invasive Tree Pests: South American Palm Weevil, Goldspotted Oak Borer and Invasive Shot Hole Borer Fusarium Dieback Disease

with John Kabashim, Jennifer Pelham, and Jan Gonzales
University of California Cooperative Extension

The goldspotted oak borer (Agrilus auroguttatus) (GSOB), South American palm weevil (Rhynchophorus palmarum) (SAPW) and Invasive shot hole borers/Fusarium dieback disease (Euwallacea sp/Fusarium sp.) (ISHB/FD) are invasive, non-native tree pests causing or contributing to tree mortality in urban, natural and agricultural landscapes throughout the region. Once established in an area, they create significant economic, ecological, cultural and aesthetic losses across public and private land ownerships. Widespread tree mortality impacts wildlife, especially threatened and endangered species, through loss of a food source and habitat; creates potential hazards, especially near dwellings, along roadways, and in recreational areas; may lead to an increase of fuel loads, which can increase the severity of wildfire; and increases green waste management challenges. Additionally alarming are reports by researchers with the USDA Forest Service about the potential costs to multiple ecosystem values and public health from high volume tree mortality.

The goldspotted oak borer continues it’s expansion in San Diego County as well as isolated locations in southern California. The South American palm weevil threatens multi-million dollar industries in the state and a tree species that contributes to California’s unique landscape. At the current rate of infestation, it is estimated that Invasive shot hole borers/fusarium dieback disease will kill 26.8 million trees – nearly 40 percent of the trees in Southern California in the next few years.

Representatives from the University of California Cooperative Extension will provide updates on the latest science and programming status on these three invasive tree pests.

John Kabashima, MBA, Ph.D., Environmental Horticulture Advisor, Emeritus. John’s research and extension programs have included the management of insects, diseases, and weeds in horticulture production systems and urban landscapes, biological control of exotic pests, water use and water use related problems of landscapes and nurseries. John is currently working on the Invasive Polyphagous and Kuroshio Shot-Hole Borers/Fusarium Dieback complex.

Jennifer Pelham has been the Horticulture Advisor with UCCE in San Diego and Orange Counties for the past 11⁄2 years. Previously, she spent 14 years with the University of Florida Extension. She obtained her B.S. from Penn State and two master degrees from the University of Florida, including one in Pest Management. Jennifer is also a Certified Arborist.

Jan Gonzales is a Program Coordinator with the UCCE, San Diego. Beginning in 2005, Jan has provided leadership in developing new education and outreach programs to address local county and regional natural resource challenges. Jan has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business Management and a Master’s in Strategic Communications. 

6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES: 

"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Trees But Were Afraid To Ask"

 

By Mark Wisniewski, Landscape Architect, Independent Consulting Aroborist and Owner of Wisniewski & Associates

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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Chapter Meeting: Mariposa Lilies of the Southern Californian Floristic Province
May
16
6:30 AM06:30

Chapter Meeting: Mariposa Lilies of the Southern Californian Floristic Province

The mariposa lilies (genus Calochortus) include about 70 species found in western North America from British Columbia south to Guatamala with its center of diversity in California.  The mountains, foothills, and coastal regions of southwestern California and northwestern Baja California, Mexico offer 15 species.  The flowers of these bulb-forming perennials come in a in an assortment of colors and forms varying from the all-white globe-shaped white fairy lantern (C. albus) to the brilliant orange of the desert mariposa (C. kennedyi), the reds, whites, and yellows of the butterfly mariposa lily (C. venustus), and the Weed’s mariposa lily (C. weedii).  Some species are widespread, others are included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare plants because of rarity or threat.  Join us tonight as Fred M. Roberts gives us a tour of this delightful group of wildflowers. 

Fred Roberts, author of Illustrated Guide to the Oaks of the Southern Californian Floristic Province (1995) and co-author Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mtns. Regions (2013) has been working with native plants since high school.  He was the assistant curator of the Herbarium at the Museum of Systematic Biology at U.C. Irvine for nine years, worked as a botanist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service primarily adding species to the endangered species list, and has spent the last 17 years as an independent botanical consultant, author, and artist. He is also the Chapter Rare Plant Botanist. His specialties include the flora of Orange County, oaks, lilies and their relatives, and rare plants of southern California. 

6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES: Sue Marchetti, Master Gardener

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

 

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Chapter Meeting: The Ethnobotany Project
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Chapter Meeting: The Ethnobotany Project

Please join us for a slideshow presentation of the book by our speakers, Rose Ramirez and Deborah Small, The Ethnobotany Project: Contemporary Uses of Native Plants; Southern California and Northern Baja Indians. Contemporary uses of 12 native plants will be discussed, including yerba mansa, bladderpod, wild cherry, creosote, elderberry, and agave, all of profound importance to the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural vitality of California native peoples. The many collaborators on this book hail from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border and they consider native plants their “teachers.” For this reason, the California native peoples are dedicated to passing on their traditional knowledge of native plant functions and practices to their generations and to others. We will learn how Native peoples are eloquent defenders of the land, its sacredness to them and its importance for all species that inhabit it. They have a fierce devotion to safeguarding native plants for their vital importance as foods and medicines, and in the larger cultural revitalization sweeping California in restoring the traditions of Native peoples...

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Chapter Meeting: Regional Rare Plant Monitoring and Management in San Diego County
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

Chapter Meeting: Regional Rare Plant Monitoring and Management in San Diego County

The San Diego Management and Monitoring Program (SDMMP) coordinates regional monitoring and management of 111 species of which 57 are plants on Conserved Lands in San Diego County! This coordination is carried out in collaboration with land managers, wildlife agencies, conservation groups, environmental consulting firms, and other partners...

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Chapter Meeting: California NativeScape Garden – Past, Present and Future with Judy LaVine
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

Chapter Meeting: California NativeScape Garden – Past, Present and Future with Judy LaVine

 A small garden group, the Lake Hodges Native Plant Club, was created in 1981. Ten years later, the Club entered into an agreement with the Wild Animal Park (now known as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park) to create a native garden there. Over the years, five acres of undeveloped land in the northeast corner of the Park have been transformed into a series of unique native habitat gardens (“nativescapes”) show-casing all plants endemic to San Diego County...

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