Dedicated to the preservation of California's native plants
The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.
I chose the Pismo clarkia because it grows in the area surrounding Mardi’s home and nowhere else. It grows naturally in about 20 occurrences from the southern Edna Valley, south through the foothills and valleys of the Southern San Luis Range, ending east of Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande (Huasna Valley).read more
by Marti Rutherford. You have probably wandered the nursery isles looking for the ever more popular native plants being sold. Do you ever consider how those plants have been propagated? Many, if not most, native plants in the nursery trade are propagated by cuttings. The nursery person knows what the plant will look like and behave likeread more
Join us for a day on the Morros and learn which plants grow on each of these volcanic plugs. Ascend one, two, or more.read more
2018 has been a surprisingly good year for spring wildﬂowers. Except for the January deluge and some good March storms, this has been a fairly dry year. In late September, 2017, several spot ﬁres burned along Rucker Rd. just north of Mission Hills near Lompoc, California. In spite of sparse rainfall, there has been encouraging regrowth on trees and shrubs and blooming of wildﬂowers.read more
I know it seems too early to be thinking seeds. Many of my plants are just starting to bloom. I just wanted to remind those who are interested that the seed exchange is going to take place ate the October meeting before the main program. Let a few of your garden...read more
A Commentary by John Nowak, Plant Sale co-Chairperson
The other day, while checking out at the grocery store, the cashier noticed my CNPS hat and asked me, “How do you become an environmentalist?” I thought for a moment and then I told him “I would start at home.”read more
What you are seeing is a display of the underlying geology manifested in the soils that lie above the bedrock. The browning grasslands are ﬂoored with ‘melange’ of the Franciscan Formation, a unit composed of sheared shale and bits and pieces of the ancient seaﬂoor that were squished into a subduction zone… kinda like what happens if you try and push a slice of pizza under a door.read more
Submitted to SLO Tribune At the San Luis Obispo city Planning Commission meeting of Jan. 24 regarding the proposed continuing care facility known as Villaggio at the Froom Ranch, several commissioners wondered aloud if the project was not “a good project in the wrong...read more
Wild pigs are again active in Morro Bay, causing damage while rooting for the tuberous reeds in the brackish freshwater seep zones close to the high tide line. This time they are at Shark Inlet. We last saw them in 2015 on both sides of the South Bay Boulevard bridge, and neither of the locations appear to have recovered.read more
- 0202.November.Thursdayhttp://cnpsslo.org/event/chapter-meeting-nov-2017/SLO Vets Hall801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA
Speaker: Dena Grossenbacher, Alpine plant diversity on Yosemite’s Sky Islands
Dena Grossenbacher is a new Assistant Professor of Botany at CalPoly. She is broadly interested in how plant-environment interactions generate and maintain plant diversity, and the processes underlying the origin and extinction of species. She uses the California flora,
especially monkeyflowers, to address these questions because of their astonishing variation both among and within species.
Dena received a Bachelor’s degree in Botany in 1999 from University of Washington, was a field botanist in the Pacific Northwest and the Yosemite region from 2000-2008, and received a Ph.D. in Population Biology from UC Davis in 2013 with Maureen Stanton. She did postdocs studying mating system evolution at University of Minnesota and at Washington State University before arriving at Cal Poly
in January 2017.
Chapter meetings are generally held the first Thursday of the month at the San Luis Obispo Vets Hall on Grande Ave near the corner of Monterey Street.
Our meetings kick off with a social time that begins at 7:00 p.m. This is a time to sample the treats that members have brought along to share, and browse the book table. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. with some brief announcements before the program begins.
Speakers and notes from Chapter Meetings are documented in each Obispoensis newsletter. Please see the Obispoensis archive for PDF file of each newsletter.
- 0404.November.Saturdayhttp://cnpsslo.org/event/native-plant-sale/Pacific Beach High School11950 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA
It’s the annual event you’ve been waiting for. Create your drought-tolerant native garden with help from CNPS-SLO!
Local native plant enthusiasts are hosting a sale of water-thrifty California Native Plants. Tips and advice for all garden situations available at no additional charge.
Hundreds of plant varieties for yards and gardens will be available. Many are excellent for attracting birds and butterflies to your garden. Native plants are adapted to this area so they save water, and reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers.
- 1111.November.Saturdayhttp://cnpsslo.org/event/work-crew-old-prospector-trail-irish-hills/Costco SLO1540 Froom Ranch Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA
Saturday, Nov. 11th, 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Work Crew, Old Prospector Trail, Irish Hills
Meet in the Costco parking lot, adjacent to the Costco gas station, Los Osos Valley Road, SLO. From there, we will walk to the trail.
Join hikers who want to help keep trails in good shape. We will be using loppers to remove branches of Ceanothus and other chaparral plants out of the trail, then cache the cut pieces off the trail.
The upper half of the trail was completed in October, so work will focus on the lower half. Total distance will be 3 to 4 miles with a 500 ft. elevation gain. Use a small backpack to bring water, snacks, and sunscreen. Wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves, a hat, and layered clothing, as needed. Contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2121.November.Tuesdayhttp://cnpsslo.org/event/growing-grounds-farm-plant-sale-11-17/Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery3740 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA
Growing Grounds Farm is a non-profit wholesale nursery located in San Luis Obispo. Growing Grounds offers California natives, Mediterranean perennials, succulents, restoration and mitigation plants, a wide variety of grasses, and a selection of perennial herbs.
Growing Grounds Farm is a wholesale nursery and does not sell directly to the public except on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m