Pacific Grove Annual Wildflower Show

Title: Pacific Grove Annual Wildflower Show
Location: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Link out: Click here
Description: For over half a century this Wildflower Show has been one of the largest on the Northern and Western hemispheres with over 600 species and varieties of wildflowers.

The Museum partners with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society to hold this cherished annual event. Over 30 members of the Native Plant Society spend over a week scouring Monterey County and beyond collecting the finest specimens of wildflowers blooming that Spring.

Botanist, garden enthusiasts, and people just looking for flowers they would like to plant in their yard will all appreciate this comprehensive and spectacular array of wildflowers.

For a complete list of events – there are many! – please see http://www.pgmuseum.org/show-schedule/
Start Date: 2015-04-17
Start Time: 08:00
End Date: 2015-04-19
End Time: 17:00

Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip Meeting at Shell Creek

Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip Meeting at Shell Creek

Saturday, 4th April, 2015, Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip Meeting at Shell Creek.

Join us to explore and appreciate the remarkable and unique display of annual and perennial spring wildflowers in eastern San Luis Obispo County.

Meet at the Santa Margarita park-and-ride (freeway exit, State Route 58 at Hwy 101) at 8:00 am. We will caravan from there. You may be able to carpool with someone. It is recommended to arrange your ride ahead of time.

Be sure to bring water, food, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing for warmth, if needed.

For more information call: Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

Rain cancels.

Coreopsis Hill

Photos courtesy of Marlin Harms

 

Chapter Meeting – Matt Ritter

Our March meeting is held in Atascadero to accommodate our over-the-grade members. Please join us Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7 p.m. at the new Atascadero Library, 6555 Capistrano Avenue.

Matt Ritter, Speaker

Matt Ritter is the California coordinator of the American Forests Big Tree Registry and the Director of the California Register of Big Trees. He will speak about and show pictures of the lives, ecology, and stories of California’s champion native trees.

Directions

From 101 take the 41 east exit. If coming northbound 101, you take a left then right to get on 41 east. If coming southbound 101, take a left to get on 41 east. Take a left on Capistrano Ave. (lights after Rite-Aid). Library and library entrance is on the right, the Community Room is on the 2nd floor.

Contact Lauren if you need additional information (cell – 805-570-7993)

Identifying Pines in the California Flora Workshop

Prior to the meeting please join us for a workshop: Identifying Pines in the California Flora. We’ll start at 6:15 pm and will have samples for identification of a number of native and a few ornamental pines.

Coon Creek

Coon Creek

Title: Coon Creek
Location: Montaña de Oro State Park
Description: Coon Creek – two years after the burn, Montaña de Oro SP, a four-mile walk with a 500 ft. elevation gain. Explore how quickly the California landscape regenerates itself, even during periods of low rainfall. Come and help identify the major components of the chaparral and riparian (creek side) plant communities as they rejuvenate and fill the blackened void created by the fire of 2012. It is quite surprising. There will be many species in boom.

Meet at the Coon Creek parking area (south end of the paved road at Montaña de Oro SP. Duration about 3 hrs.

Bring water, snacks, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, hat, and jacket. Rain or threat of rain cancels.

Leader: Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103 or bill.waycott@gmail.com
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2015-02-22

Wind Wolves Preserve

Sunday, 1st March 2015, 9 am, Wind Wolves Preserve, 16019 Maricopa Highway (State Route 166), between Maricopa, CA and Interstate 5.

Join us for a day-long visit to Wind Wolves, part of the Wildlands Conservancy, located on the northern slope of the Transverse Ranges east of Maricopa, CA.

We will meet outside the administration building at 9 am and explore the main valley floor. After an early lunch, we will begin a tour of the higher reaches of the preserve from 12 noon to 3 pm.

Be sure to bring water, food, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing for warmth, if needed.

Overnight camping is available at the preserve, but must be reserved in advance (as soon as possible due to lack of space). Carpooling is also available.

Please RSVP if you plan to participate: Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com. Rain cancels.

Hoover Award – 2014

Hoover Award – 2014

The Hoover Award

The Hoover Award was established by the San Luis Obispo chapter in 1974 to recognize a person that has made significant contributionto the success and well being to the SLO chapter of CNPS.

The selection is made at a meeting of the past recipients, and the award is generally presented at the annual banquet.

In Recognition of Distinguished Service

We are pleased to announce that the Hoover Committee, composed of past recipients of the award, has selected Judi Young as the 2014 honoree.

About Judi Young

A California native, Judi grew up in a family that for generations has valued our unique environment and ecosystems.  Add to that a love of flowers and plants that was nurtured and encouraged during her growing up years; home gardens have always been an important part of her life. Judi moved to the Central Coast to be closer to her family, and we met Judi when she started to occasionally ‘hang out’ with her parents Heather and Jim Johnson at CNPS events. Judi’s talents are many and varied, with experience as a floral business owner, electronic communications, and a web design consultant.  In 2010, the local chapter board sought to improve our small and dated website.  With her internet experience, artistic eye and interest in native plants, Judi saw the possibilities of revamping the website and stepped up to the task at hand.  Today, our chapter has a beautiful, informative website that she designed and continuously updates.

In 2012, Judi Young also took on Publicity duties for our chapter, keeping the public updated on events and news through Community Calendar posts and the occasional Facebook ad. She also maintains our email newsletter list and sends Obispoensis directly to our inboxes.

Judi is very important to our chapter’s appeal to younger people who use social media to connect with causes and attend events. She constantly reminds us what is possible in the modern world of communication, and how it can benefit our outreach to existing and new members. To further increase our outreach presence, Judi has set up and maintains a Facebook page (along with Mardi Niles and Kristie Haydu and others) , a very effective venue for connecting with people who want to know more about native plants. In fact, just recently a group of home-schooling mothers contacted us via Facebook, requesting some assistance with tree identification on the Bob Jones trail in Avila Beach. We were able to provide the needed information, and we also attended a somewhat spontaneously organized fieldtrip with these mothers and their children out on the trail! This sort of connection with interested people, previously unaware of CNPS, was made possible by Judi’s successful efforts to move us into the modern age.

In addition to Judi’s importance to our digital communications, she is also a big help in many other aspects of the local chapter, including as a regular Plant Sale cashier.

Congratulations to Judi Young!

– Susi Bernstein & Linda Chipping

See Hoover Award for a list of recipients

Hoover Award – 2013

Hoover Award – 2013

The Hoover Award

The Hoover Award was established by the San Luis Obispo chapter in 1974 to recognize a person that has made significant contributionto the success and well being to the SLO chapter of CNPS.

The selection is made at a meeting of the past recipients, and the award is generally presented at the annual banquet.

In Recognition of Distinguished Service

We are pleased to announce that the Hoover Committee, composed of past recipients of the award, has selected Suzette Girouard as the 2014 honoree.

About Suzette Girouard

Suzette Girouard grew up in the La Crescenta area located  east of Los Angeles. Suzette got her love of gardening from her mother and also her uncle Ed who had an extensive vegetable garden in his backyard. While still in high school, she worked at Descano Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge solidifying her love of plants.  During these early years Suzette knew she wanted to study horticulture and especially viticulture.

Suzette started her dream by attending Fresno State University where she graduated in 1986 with a degree in Horticulture/Viticulture and a minor in Agriculture Business. Around 1994 Suzette moved to Pennsylvania where she lived for about ten years. During the fall of 2004 she returned  to California and moved to San Luis Obispo. After searching  the web for plant groups in our area, she became interested in the California Native Plant Society.  After attending her first meeting she was hooked and joined.  It was not long before this hard worker started volunteering for many projects including ,weed removal, banquet preparations, meeting clean up,  and plant sale coordinating.

As all of our previous Hoover award recipients, Suzette has gone the extra mile with her commitment to help better the society and our local chapter.

Congratulations to Suzette Girouard!

Please see Hoover Award for a list of recipients

Nipomo Native Garden Volunteer Work Day

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Volunteer Work Day – Saturday Feb. 7th 2015 @ 9:00am


We will be hosting our monthly volunteer work day this Saturday morning, weather permitting.  You all may want to pray for the forecast rain, hopefully in biblical proportions.  Rain or not, the garden is blooming and very green at the moment.  It would be a nice morning to spend enjoying the garden.

Here is what we will be doing on Saturday:

1. Spraying the edges of the paths with herbicide.
2. Weeding out the invasive mustard plants from the wetlands over to Osage.
3. Weeding and pruning along the road from Osage to Inga.
4. Putting a new display in one of the kiosks.
5. Weeding the grassland.
6. Litter patrol the perimeter.

Steady rain cancels this event.  Otherwise we hope to see you and benefit from your participation this coming Saturday morning.

Native Plant Week

The SLO chapter of CNPS plans to form a committee to coordinate the activities for Native Plant Week (April 11 to 19, 2015). If you would like to be involved and have suggestions for Native Plant Week activities contact Bill Waycott, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

Possible activities include:
– community native garden tours
– regional plant nursery tours
– joint activity with the Master Gardener program
– displays at local libraries
– local wild flower field trips
– joint activity with the Cal Poly Ornamental horticulture program
– other activities

Late Winter Burton Mesa Chaparral at the La Purisima Mission

Late Winter Burton Mesa Chaparral at the La Purisima Mission, Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9 a.m.

The California Native Plant Society and Lompoc Valley Botanic and Horticultural Society will hold their annual winter field trip to the Burton Mesa Chaparral on the La Purisima Mission grounds Saturday the 28th.

Meet at the east end of Burton Mesa Boulevard (1550 E) in Mission Hills at 9 a.m. for a chance to see the early bloomers and interesting scenery.

To reach Burton Mesa Boulevard, go to SR 1 north of Lompoc. At the signal where SR 1 turns down hill towards Lompoc, take Harris Grade Road north to Burton Mesa Boulevard and turn right (east).
For more information call Charlie Blair at 733-3189.