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The Invasion of Veldt Grass

This image shows the demarcation between SLO Co. Land Conservancy (left) and CA State-owned properties (right) During the second week in May I accompanied Lindsey Whitaker, Cal Poly graduate student and recipient of a Malcolm McLeod scholarship, to her research plots...

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Manzanita in the Garden

The prune-ability of Arctostaphylos has been well known in the nursery industry for many years.  I’m going to discuss my experience with the species I’m most familiar with, Arctostaphylos morroensis.  The Morro bay manzanita grows in and around the Los Osos area. It...

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Oenothera deltoides

Desert Evening Primrose (Oenothera deltoides) Desert evening primrose (Oenothera deltoides) is in full bloom at Shell Creek as I write this. So it seemed appropriate to resurrect a drawing Bonnie drew back in 1981. It is one of her earlier drawings since it shows a...

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Chapter Support for Budding Botanists

Your SLO CNPS chapter recognizes the importance of helping students begin their careers in botany. Several years ago, the Malcolm McLeod Scholarship was established to help...

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April in Pinnacles National Park

Diana and I spent a Sunday in early April this year, visiting the Pinnacles National Park from the west side, near Soledad, CA. It was a drizzly day, making the rock formations appear surreal – larger than life. If you have not walked the park, the trails are wide and...

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Seed Exchange Reminder

Hopefully many of you are remembering that we will have our first seed exchange before the October meeting. If you are interested in participating, now is the time to start closely observing your plants for seed formation and maturation. I have already started taking a...

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Conservation: GND

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Lauren Brown crafted our chapter's comments on the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes (GND) Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment(EA). The CNPS SLO Chapter fully supports the proposed management Alternative B (moderate...

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Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip Meeting to Shell Creek

Saturday, April 2, 2016, Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip Meeting to Shell Creek co-lead by Dirk Walters and David Chipping. This is our monthly meeting for April. Meet at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Avenue (corner of Grand & Monterey Boulevard)...

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Seed Exchange Planned for October

A seed exchange is being planned as an activity for the workshop time slot before the October meeting. Learn about how to gather, how to prepare, and a bit about seeds in general. This should provide a fun event for those interested in growing natives from seed. This...

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Invasive Species Watch

I’m pleased to start an Invasive Species Watch column to Obispoensis. I’ve been in the invasive species removal business since 1999 mainly working in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes and San Luis Obispo Creek. Those that know me many not think of me as a warrior however...

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CNPS Chapter Council Meeting Update

I recently attended the CNPS Chapter Council meeting, held from March 11 to 13, 2016 in Southern California. The Chapter Council is the governing body of CNPS where representatives from each of the 35 chapters throughout the state along with administrative staff, meet...

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Conservation: Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

The Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes National  Wildlife is presenting a Comprehensive  Conservation Plan and its Environmental  Assessment  to the public with a comment  period that ends on April 16. A public  meeting will be held at the Ramona Garden  Park  Center in Grover...

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Botanical Excursion Foray

The 21st Annual Spring Outing Botanical Excursion Foray, Retreat, and Escape to the Environment Brought to you by the new Bryophyte Chapter of the California Native Plant Society! Friday to Monday, March 18-21, 2016 North Coast Range near Occidental, California...

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Newsletter Editor and Hospitality Positions are Open

Newsletter Editor and Hospitality Positions are Open! Our chapter is looking for a Newsletter Editor to produce our chapter newsletter, Obispoensis. If you like to write, edit and do a little page layout design, this position is perfect for you. The newsletter is...

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Requesting Native Plant Lists

If you have a list of native plants observed in a specific area (e.g., Morro Bay State Park) or along a trail (e.g., Hazard Peak Trail at Montaña de Oro), CNPS wants to receive a copy. CNPS member Madeline Fay has volunteered to review the lists and bring the taxonomy...

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Fieldtrips and Workshops

Field Trips With this rainy season getting off to a good start, the spring wild flowers should present a better show than in recent years. In planning for this possibility, I would ask CNPS members who have a favorite “plant place” they enjoy visiting during the...

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Cucurbita palmata

Coyote melon Bonnie’s drawing for this issue of Obispoensis is based on a picture sent to me by George Butterworth. The species, Cucurbita palmata, has many common names. The ones I found on the web include coyote melon, coyote gourd, desert gourd, palmate-leafed...

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Hoover Award – 2015

Dr. Neil Havlik was recognized with the 2015 Hoover Award for his contributions to appreciation and preservation of the San Luis Obispo native flora. The honor, named for Dr. Robert Hoover, was presented to an appreciative Neil Havlik at the annual Banquet on January...

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CNPS-SLO Banquet 2016

California Native Plant Society - San Luis Obispo Chapter Annual Potluck Banquet Saturday, January 23, 2016 5:30-9:30 pm $10 per person, plus a pot luck item for the dinner Morro Bay Community Center 1001 Kennedy Way, Morro Bay Social Hour - 5:30 pm Buffet Style...

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Tour the gardens at Leaning Pine Arboretum

The gardens at Leaning Pine Arboretum focus primarily on the world’s five Mediterranean climate regions: Australia, California, Chile, the Mediterranean basin, and South Africa. Additionally, there is an Entry garden, a New Zealand garden, a Dwarf and Unusual Conifer garden, a Formal garden, a Primitive garden, and a Palm and Aloe garden.

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Bryophyte Workshop

Bryophyte Workshop led by Dr. Ben Carter. Our county is very rich in these often-overlooked little plants, and this will be a chance for you to learn their distinctive features.

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CNPS is Hiring

CNPS is Hiring an Associate Director As you may have heard, CNPS is hiring an Associate Director. Please help us get the word out to find someone special who will help continue the great momentum we’ve built. Due to the great response so far, the hiring committee will...

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Quercus Kelloggii

Kellogg Oak The following is an article from February 1993. It was chosen by the editor to spare me the choice since Bonnie and I were away in late October. We totally agree with his choice; we had totally forgotten about it. The repeat of this article reminds me that...

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Prepare for a wet winter

Great News! Fall is here and the rains have finally started. There are so many things we could discuss this month but I would like to focus on how to prepare for what could be a very wet winter. Manage erosion on slopes Covering slopes with mulch would be a good idea....

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Become our next Newsletter Editor

Newsletter Editor Our chapter is looking for a Newsletter Editor to create our chapter  newsletter, Obispoensis. If you like to write, edit and do a little page layout design, this position is perfect for you. The newsletter is published eight times each year, monthly...

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Attend a Board Meeting

We Encourage Your Input at our Next Board Meeting The Board of Directors of the CNPS San Luis Obispo Chapter will hold its bi-monthly meeting on November 19th, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. This meeting is held in the Pavilion at the San Luis Obispo Botanical...

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  • 02

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    11-02-2017
    SLO Vets Hall
    801 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.

  • 04

    9:00 am-2:00 pm
    11-04-2017
    Pacific Beach High School
    11950 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.

  • 11

    8:30 am-11:30 am
    11-11-2017
    Costco SLO
    1540 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, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

    Rain cancels.

  • 21

    11:00 am-4:00 pm
    11-21-2017
    Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery
    3740 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