After our February show of wildflowers seen on favorite field trips in San Luis Obispo, we are coming to the AARP Center, adjacent to the Atascadero Lake Pavilion, for our annual North County meeting and some seriously good botany.

This is an opportunity for those of you who don’t normally like to drive over the grade at night to hear our excellent speaker, look at our impressive book table and mix and mingle with other native plant fans.

The Meeting is March 1, social at 7:00 p.m., program at 7:30. Ryan O’Dell will speak on the serpentine floras of California. (see details). To reach the venue, take Highway 41-West to Charles Paddock Zoo, turn SE (left) onto Santa Rosa and then left on Avenal. AARP is a long single story building close to the Avenal/Pismo Avenue intersection.

In our desire to create more activities north of the grade, we are interested in contacting any people who would like to offer suggestions for field trips, garden tours, restoration projects and more. CNPS hopes to work closely with the Atascadero Land Preservation Society, and they might give a short presentation at our meeting. We are also considering activities such as a conference/ workshop on ethnobotany, extending our evening meetings to have plant-ID workshops before the main meeting, and we welcome other ideas.

-David Chipping