Growing Grounds Farm is expanding the hours that the general public can shop at the Farm on Orcutt Road to 11am-4pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
CNPS members receive a 20% discount off retail prices.
Near the end of March Linda and I took off for the central US, mainly to see the mass gathering of sandhill cranes on the Platte River, but also such wonders as the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. The drought we have been experiencing in SLO is nothing compared to what is happening in New Mexico and Kansas. We have seen wildlife refuges for wildfowl completely devoid of water, no grass left on the range, dry rivers and a host of other problems. Luckily the strange weather produced a later than usual number of cranes, which were a...read more
Our Past Year in Review Every year the Chapter President has to deliver a “Chapter Report” to the state Sacramento office, and in doing so I am amazed at what we have accomplished. We brought you eight program speakers, half of which came from outside the county. New this year were the three very successful plant mini-workshops before the main program in May, June and December. Each meeting started with a social time and excellent refreshments. Two scholarships of $500 each were awarded to Cal Poly students through the chapter’s...read more
I think the lilies are some of the most appreciated of flowers, and so Sean Ryan’s presentation at our February meeting should be very interesting. We are scheduled for the library in Atascadero for our March meeting, which will feature a presentation slanting toward the north end of the county and points north. We are planning lots of great field trips for the late winter and early spring, and we will keep you posted. - David Chippingread more
Plant Sale Thank you to all the volunteers who made our annual plant sale a great success. Thanks also to the customers, and to the excellent weather. I also want to especially thank the growers who gave us an excellent selection of plants. Native Plant Stewardship I am trying to boost the stewardship side of CNPS, in which we work to protect either particular populations of plants, or areas that a prime examples of a vegetation association. Following a now-defunct statewide project of The Nature Conservancy, I think we have a duty to identify...read more
Wildfire is a natural part of California ecosystem. However, wildfire also has significant potential for creating conditions that aid in the establishment or spread of invasive plants. To address these conditions, the California Invasive Plant Council and a team of fire and fuel management experts have developed a set of voluntary best management practices (BMPs) for fire management planning, fuel management, fire suppression, and post-fire activities. The 3rd edition of Best Management Practices for land Managers incorporates these BMPs and...read more
All botanical enthusiasts are invited to set aside the weekend of April 12-14 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the California Botanical Society, familiarly known as CalBotSoc. The title of the event is “Botanical Frontiers: Past and Present,” which will include field trips to Mt. Tamalpais and Mt. Diablo on Friday, lectures by prominent botanists at UC Berkeley on Saturday, followed by a banquet at the Shattuck Hotel in Berkeley, and a series of presentations by graduate students at the 23rd Graduate Student...read more
Legislative Notes by David Anderson 2012 RECAP The California Legislature ended its 2012 regular session on August 31. During 2012 the Legislature passed 3 bills supported by CNPS and 2 bills opposed by it. CNPS supported: AB 1540. This bill designates the Department of Boating and Waterways as the lead agency in controlling the invasive weeds, water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), Brazilian elodea (Egeria densa) and South American spongeplant (Limnobium laevigatum) in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Governor Brown approved AB 1540 on...read more
The Plant Sale on November 3 is our chapter’s largest fundraiser. It is critically important to us as everything is getting more expensive, and we have web sites, newsletters, education, room rents, conference supports and book production to finance. So bring yourself and your friends and buy some plants. Actually, we welcome you if you just want to say hello, or want horticultural advice. The October meeting provided a spectacular set of pictures, and I thank everybody who participated, including the bearers of desserts. It is our intention...read more
Where did the summer go? Linda and I had an incredible road trip to Fairbanks, Alaska and beyond and we will share some pictures during our photo-sharing and dessert-potluck October meeting. We will begin the show at 7:30 at the Vets Hall, with the dessert social starting at 7:00. I would deeply appreciate if photo presenters would arrive close to 7:00 so we can load them into a single computer from your CD or thumb drive. Label slides in in alphabetical order to ensure sequencing order. I will also be able to load PowerPoint but save your...read more
“The chance to lead CNPS is a dream come true. Much of what we love in California is here because it was saved by CNPS. I believe the Society’s greatest successes are still ahead, and I am honored being chosen to serve.” –Daniel Gluesenkamp, new Executive Director of CNPS. Welcome, Dan! The SLO chapter is pleased and excited to have you on-board and leading us into the future. Press Release: http://cnps.org/cnps/press/20120702-ed.phpread more