Native Plants in the Landscape – November 2015 Meeting

Native Plants in the Landscape – November 2015 Meeting

Native Plants in the Landscape – Cultivating the natural beauty of the Central Coast

This is a photographic tour of California Native Plant use in the landscapes of Madrone Landscapes over the last 38 years.

Madrone Landscapes has been designing, installing and maintaining gardens throughout San Luis Obispo County, emphasizing California Native plant use, since 1977.  Rick Mathews is founder and president of Madrone Landscapes, Design-Build Maintenance firm, based in Atascadero.

As a landscape contractor for nearly four decades, Mathews has incorporated the use of California native plants since the 1970s. The wisdom of this approach has repeatedly become apparent, through several drought cycles. Madrone continues to favor natives in their designs, as this presentation will convey.

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Meet at the Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo.

Antirrhinum ovatum

Antirrhinum ovatum

Oval Leaved Snapdragon

Drawing by Bonnie and article by Dr. Malcolm McLeod below appeared in the November, 1991 Obispoensis.  

When you read it you will see lots of similarities with our current drought situation as well as the much hoped for possibilities of an excellent rain year. Yea, el Niño! If we get the rain, we just may have a once a decade or so treat to witness. We can only hope. Malcolm was a long-time member of our chapter who served several years as out chapter president. He served many years as our rare plant coordinator.  Malcolm mentions many names of people who came to see this rare event.  They are a whose who of local last generation including naturalist-rancher Eben McMillan and botanists Clare Hardham and Clifton Smith. In 1991, the Carrizo Plains area was not yet a National Monument but a Natural Area administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Nature Conservancy.  It’s the presence of this species, as well as  number of other plant and animal species, that aided in it being designated a National Monument in 2001 by President Bill Clinton.  

– Dirk Walters, illustration by Bonnie Walter

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Gardening in deer-prone areas

Gardening in deer-prone areas

This article helps you determine if you have a low, moderate, or high level of “browse” and suggests the appropriate methods for combating the problem.

Also included is a  brief list of plants that have shown some success when gardening in deer-prone areas.

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Planning for the Plant Sale

Planning for the Plant Sale

Now that summer is almost over, the long dry days and warm nights will give way to cool crisp mornings and as autumn approaches . . . The Plant Sale. (more…)

A long, hot summer

A long, hot summer

Conservation Updates

Summer has been quiet, thank goodness, concerning large threats to native plants. The drought and associated water restrictions are smothering a lot of development plans, at least for the moment.

Topaz Solar Plant

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Rare Plant Program – Mona Robison

Rare Plant Program – Mona Robison

Dear SLO rare plant enthusiast:

SLO County will have a visitor from the CNPS state office, Mona Robison.  She was recently hired by CNPS to coordinate the State’s Rare Plant program (see attachment).  Prior to CNPS, Mona has had a rich and diverse involvement with CA native plants. (more…)

Field Trip to the North Coast

Field Trip to the North Coast

One of the annual favorites at CNPS-SLO is a field trip to the coastal bluffs along Highway 1, roughly two miles north of the bridge that spans Arroyo de la Cruz.  This outing has been held either in May or June each year, depending on the seasonal temperatures and precipitation. This year, we experienced above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall throughout the winter and early spring. (more…)

Guadalupe/Mussel Rock Hike

Saturday, Aug. 29th, 9:30 a.m.  Guadalupe/Mussel Rock Hike

Moderate, 6-mile hike along pristine beach to Mussel Rock and beyond.  Join us to learn more about the coastal dune and scrub communities (more…)

CNPS Chapter Council Meeting – 30 and 31 May 2015, Quincy, CA

CNPS Chapter Council Meeting – 30 and 31 May 2015, Quincy, CA

Chapter Council meetings are held quarterly at locations somewhere in California/Baja California. They are attended by interested members and the public. Designated representatives from each of the thirty-five Chapters attend, as do the directors of the board, officers, CNPS staff, and interested members. (more…)

Mission Plaza – San Luis Creek Restoration Project

Mission Plaza – San Luis Creek Restoration Project

Earlier this year, SLO city officials approached CNPS with the idea of restoring the deteriorated riparian habitat, which runs through the downtown adjacent to the Mission Plaza, with California native species. Our local chapter has embraced this project with great enthusiasm. (more…)

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