FIELD TRIP: Oakoasis County Preserve
Oct
8
8:00am 8:00am

FIELD TRIP: Oakoasis County Preserve

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

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Garden Native Committee Meeting
Oct
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

Garden Native Committee Meeting

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

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

Fall California Native Plant Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

USFS Management of Rare Plants on Fuel Breaks

Munz's Onion (Allium munzii)

with Kirsten Winter Supervisor, Cleveland National Forest

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: to be determined...

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: Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve
Oct
28
9:00am 9:00am

FIELD TRIP: Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve

This hike will be in tandem with the intrepid San Diego NHM's Canyoneers hiking group, so there will be an additional guide and at least a few more hylophiliacs joining. This will likely be the last chance until April to chance the summit of Volcan Mountain before the winter rains / snows begin. On that note-weather can be unpredictable, so watch the forecast and prepare accordingly. Winds on the summit may be quite cold and harsh.

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

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: to be determined...

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

Chapter Meeting: Nature Restoration Landscaping & Calscape

with Dennis Mudd, founder of calscape.org

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

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

6:30pm-7pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES: 

Using the CNPS-SD Online Resources

with Joseph Sochor, Webmaster CNPS-SD

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

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

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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

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

  • On the campus of First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego (map)
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Join us for a day of speaker presentations and hands-on sessions with field experts. Learn how to:

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

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Garden Native Committee Meeting
Sep
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

Garden Native Committee Meeting

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

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

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

Tend the Native Plant Landscape in Old Town State Historic Park

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

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

FIELD TRIP: Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension - Del Mar

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

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

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Sep
5
5:30pm 5:30pm

Conservation Committee Meeting

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

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

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Seed Sorting Party
Sep
2
9:00am 9:00am

Seed Sorting Party

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

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

See you there!

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

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

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

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Seed Sorting Party
Aug
13
9:00am 9:00am

Seed Sorting Party

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

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

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

See you there!

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

Late Summer Cleanup at the Old Town Native Plant Landscape

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

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

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

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Garden Native Committee Meeting
Aug
9
6:30pm 6:30pm

Garden Native Committee Meeting

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

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

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

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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Seed Sorting Party
Jul
15
9:00am 9:00am

Seed Sorting Party

Come for the whole time or just an hour, we'd love your help and a chance to catch up.  We still have new seed to package and will have more to clean.  No experience necessary.  Join us!  If you have seeds to donate or clean, please do bring them!  See you there and please RSVP if you can:  seedsandbulbs@cnpssd.org.

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Garden Native Committee Meeting
Jul
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Garden Native Committee Meeting

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

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

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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Field Trip: San Elijo Lagoon and Annie's Canyon
Jun
18
8:00am 8:00am

Field Trip: San Elijo Lagoon and Annie's Canyon

From Rios, the trail travels along the hillside showing coastal sage scrub disturbed by many invasive species, but there are three other very interesting communities available for the hike. The coastal salt marsh of San Elijo lagoon has a nice trail alongside with benches. It's mostly Juncus  and Suaeda but it should be great for the Nuttall's Snapdragon too. Annie's Canyon is more like a sandstone seaside cliff, with thousands of Dudleya edulis and a few shrubs and trees.  Finally, the trail continues on past Annie's Canyon up alongside the freeway to a hilltop (Solana Hills Trail) where there is a fine example of Southern maritime chaparral. Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp crassifolia, Ceanothus verrucosus, Comarostaphylos diversifolia ssp. diversifolia and maybe Corthrogyne filagnifolia var loinifolia (all 1B.1) are up there...

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Come Learn by Tending the Old Town Native Plant Landscape
Jun
10
9:30am 9:30am

Come Learn by Tending the Old Town Native Plant Landscape

In June we'll complete cleaning up the little demonstration wetland so
visitors can see and learn about the usefulness of bulrush and yerba mansa.
We also will prune overgrown California's native herbaceous plants, shrubs
and trees of thirty-odd species of useful California native plants.

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Lilies and Relatives in the Laguna and Cuyamaca Mountains
Jun
4
8:30am 8:30am

Lilies and Relatives in the Laguna and Cuyamaca Mountains

Late spring is a good time to take a look for lilies and their relatives. Join us on a trip to the Laguna and Cuyamaca Mountains and be introduced by CNPS-SD Rare Plant Botanist, Fred Roberts, to a number of these species. The trip will make three stops: on the Sunrise Highway and SR 79, including a stop at the meadows at the information kiosks near the southern Cleveland National Forest boundary (Sunrise Highway); Inspiration Point (SR 79); and on a rocky knoll just north of Cuyamaca Lake. Among the species we hope to see: Allium amplectens (paper onion), Brodiaea terrestris ssp. kernensis(dwarf brodiaea), Calochortus albus (white-fairylantern), C. dunnii (Dunn’s mariposa), C. invenustus (shy mariposa), C. splendens (splendid mariposa), C. weedii (Weed’s mariposa), and Toxicoscordion venenosum (meadow death camas), and perhaps a few others. Expect other pretty wildflowers as well. It should be a good year for it...

LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS

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Tijuana River Valley Regional Park with the San Diego Canyoneers
May
24
8:45am 8:45am

Tijuana River Valley Regional Park with the San Diego Canyoneers

This 1,800 acre park is bisected by the Tijuana River and the broad flat floodplain provides an ideal environment to observe the diverse vegetation communities that attract transient bird populations as well as amphibians and reptiles such as lizards, frogs and toads. This is an easy 3 mi. hike with an elevation gain/loss of ~ 200 ft....

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

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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