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CNPS eNewsletter

September 2017

CNPS Garden Ambassadors

Garden AmbassadorsWe're looking for inspiring gardens to showcase the endless possibilities of CA native landscaping. Share your passion and make a difference by becoming a CNPS Garden Ambassador! As an ambassador, you will motivate others to "restore nature one garden at a time," while receiving lots of ambassador rewards and recognition. Learn more here, and apply today.

Become a CNPS Garden Ambassador today!

Patio Gardens: Native Plants for Containers

Native plants for containersLove native plants but don't have a yard? Try a California native container garden on your patio or balcony. This helpful article from East Bay Wilds' Pete Veilleux walks you through plant selection, placement, soil, and more.

Container Garden 101

Planning Your Native Garden

Planning your native gardenFall is the perfect time to plant your native garden, but before you grab that shovel, read this crash course in native plant garden design by landscape architect Nancy Hueser.

Plants, Dirt, Now What?

CNPS Education Grants - Apply Now

This fall, the CNPS Educational Grants Program is again offering research grants for students and researchers. Proposals are due by October 31. The grant review committee will announce awards in early December.

Education Grant Information

CNPS Fall CEQA Workshop

Sign up now for the final workshop of the season:

CEQA Impact Assessment
October 24-25, Camp Pollock, Sacramento
Taught by David Magney
$335 CNPS Members, $365 Non-Members

Looking for more workshops? See the exciting line-up we have planned for our Conservation Conference workshops in January!


Chapter Events - Fall Plant Sales!

Fall planting season is here, and CNPS chapters are offering plant sales throughout the state. Don't miss your chance to talk with experts and stock up on beautiful California natives!

View more CNPS chapter events on the CNPS Events Calendar.

Alta Peak Chapter
Annual Native Plant Sale
Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Doors open at 9 a.m. for CNPS members. Choose from over 100 types of hard-to-find California native plants! Three Rivers Arts Center, 41673 North Fork Dr, Three Rivers, CA 93271.

Willis Linn Jepson Chapter
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Perennials, shrubs, groundcovers and trees for a drought tolerant, wildlife friendly, and attractive garden. Benecia Community Garden, 1400 E. Second St., Benicia.

Shasta Chapter
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 14, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Eight-hundred California native plants, with over 60 different species, including many hard-to-find species will be available for sale. CNPS members may attend a presale on Friday, Oct. 14 from 3-4 p.m. Shasta College Farm and Greenhouses, 11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA 96003.

San Diego Chapter
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

In addition to hundreds of native plants, there will be seeds, books, posters, and other plant-related items on sale. Friendly knowledgeable experts will be on hand for plant selection advice. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. A convenient curbside loading zone is available for picking up plants. In the courtyard between the Casa Del Prado Theater and Casa Del Prado and across from the West entrance of the San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego.

Redbud Chapter
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 14, 10:30 - 2:00 p.m.

CNPS members receive early entry at 9:30 a.m. Come early and join! Our 2017 sale will feature hand-picked, water-thrifty, locally adapted native trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses, including hard-to-find species. Expert native-plant gardeners will be available throughout the sale. Get advice on choosing plants for specific needs/locations, and about pollinator-friendly, drought-tolerant, fire-resistant, and lawn-alternative plants. North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley.

Milo Baker Chapter
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 14, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

In addition to offering a wide range of native plants for sale, we also have many experts on hand to offer gardening advice. Shrubs, Perennials, Bulbs, and Seeds, Cards, Books, Posters, and T-Shirts. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa.

Sequoia Chapter
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 21, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Free admission to Clovis Botanical Garden. Breakfast and lunch available for purchase. 10% off plant purchase for CBG or CNPS members. VIP preview with beer, wine, and appetizers, available Friday, Oct. 20, 5-7 p.m. $5 for Clovis Botanical Garden or CNPS members, or $10 for non-members. 945 N. Clovis Ave, Clovis.

Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Features scores of species of native plants suitable for California gardens. Includes free talks and demonstrations as well as native plant books, posters, note cards and more. Jean and David Struthers Native Plant Nursery at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Yerba Buena Chapter
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 21, 1 - 5 p.m.

To take advantage of the winter rains, fall is the ideal time for planting. Growing locally native plants in your garden is an important way to attract pollinators, including native bees, butterflies, moths, and birds--for your pleasure and their benefit. Miraloma Park Clubhouse, 350 O'Shaughnessy Blvd, San Francisco.

Kern County Chapter
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Native plant sale with experienced gardners on hand to offer suggestions on plant selection and best practices for growing. CSU Bakersfield, FACT Area, behind CSUB, 9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield.

North San Joaquin Chapter
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

We will be featuring regionally-appropriate native shrubs and perenials. Hughson Arboretum and Gardens, at the corner of Whitmore and Euclid Roads in Hughson.


Contributors and Photo Credits

  • Kristen Wernick
  • Pete Veilleux
  • Nancy Heuler
  • Becky Reilly
  • Mark Naftzger
  • Stacey Flowerdew
  • Liv O'Keeffe
  • Monardella macrantha, Cheilanthes covilleii, and Arctostaphylos 'Greensphere' in a small pot - Pete Veilleux
  • How many design elements do you see here? - Nancy Heuler



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