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October 2017

Early Registration Discounts End October 31 for the CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference!

Garden AmbassadorsSign up now for the CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference to take advantage of early registration rates! Taking place on February 1-3 in Los Angeles, the conference is California's premier conservation event, with conference tracks structured around plant science, conservation, and horticulture topics. View the preliminary program or explore the conference website, book your room at the LAX Marriott, or register today for the best rates!

Featured Speakers Announced for CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference

Native plants for containersFive not-to-miss speakers have been announced for CNPS's 2018 Conservation Conference: Doug Tallamy, Stu Weiss, Kim Stanley Robinson, Blair McLaughlin, and Carolyn Malmstrom.

Read more about what they will bring to the CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference, here!

Deadline Extended - CNPS Photo and Bot Art Contests

Extended Deadline: Tuesday, October 31. Artists & Photographers, enter to win $500 and have your work displayed at the #CNPS2018 Conservation Conference, February 1-3 in Los Angeles! Share your art and photos celebrating the beauty of California native plants. Participants do not have to attend the conference to enter. Details and entry forms can be found here.

CNPS Education Grants Program - Apply By October 31

The CNPS Educational Grants Program offers research grants for students and researchers each fall. Proposals are due by October 31. The grant review committee will announce awards in early December.

Education Grant Information


The Gottlieb Native Garden: A Closer Look Featuring Scott Logan at The G2 Gallery

The G2 Gallery is pleased to present The Gottlieb Native Garden: A Closer Look featuring Scott Logan, a photography exhibit showcasing the renowned Gottlieb Native Garden in Beverly Hills, with macrophotography featuring close-ups of insects and plants native to the Los Angles region. The exhibit is open through December 23, 2017, and 100% of proceeds from art sales benefit California Native Plant Society and Theodore Payne Foundation.

Join photographer Scott Logan for an artist talk at The G2 Gallery Thursday, November 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for an exploration into macrophotography as he shares his methods in the field and studio. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at The G2 Gallery is located at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291.

Two CNPS Chapters Offer Fall Research Grants

This fall, the Santa Clara Valley and San Gabriel Mountains Chapters will be offering research grants and scholarships for research related to California native plants. Please click on the links above for each chapter's respective requirements and information on how to apply. Deadline to apply to Santa Clara Valley Chapter is November 23, and San Gabriel Mountains Chapter's deadline is December 10.


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.

San Gabriel Mountains Chapter
Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

A good variety of reasonably priced California native plants and wildflower seeds appropriate for gardens in the Los Angeles basin will be available, including plants for attracting birds and butterflies to your home garden. Knowledgeable chapter members will be on hand to answer questions. We obtain our plants from high-quality local nurseries specializing in native plants. See for an updated plant list. Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena.

Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

If you are in need of native plants, we invite you to visit our sale which features programs, native plant experts, and Master Gardeners to answer your questions. Click here (pdf) for this year's plant sale list. CNPS members get a 10% discount on plants, seeds, books, posters, and other items. You can join the same day! Volunteers are also needed for plant sale preparation, set-up, and clean-up. It's a great way to learn more about native plants and and all volunteers receive discounts on plants. If you would like to help, contact Kate Kramer at . Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District, 4500 Glenwood Dr., Riverside.

North Coast Chapter
Field Trip: Patrick's Point
Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m.

Patrick's Point State Park has wonderful, varied native plant habitats. We will walk about four miles and see eight species of conifers, 10 species of ferns, two common succulents, a curious manzanita, and much more. Dress for the weather and bring lunch and water. Meet at 9 am at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd, Arcata) or at 10 am at Bishop Pine Picnic Area. There is an entrance fee per car. Let Carol know you're coming. 822-2015.

Marin Chapter
Field Trip: Scenic Mt. Tam Meander
Sunday, November 5, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This field trip will follow a moderate 4-mile route from the Rock Springs parking lot to Barth's Retreat (via the Mickey O'Brian Trail) and Potrero Meadows. Plants we expect to see on the narrow foot trail include huckleberry, California bay, Douglas fir, madrone, live oaks, sword and giant chain ferns, moss-covered rocks, buckthorn, manzanita, and Sargent Cypress. Rain cancels. Meet at the Rock Springs parking lot (Intersection of Ridgecrest Boulevard and S. Slide Road (also known as Mountain Theatre Road and Pantoll Road). Leader Dabney Smith - .

Monterey Bay Chapter
Program Meeting: Flora of Fort Ord
Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m.

General Meeting Speaker: David Styer. This evening we will try to enjoy the beauty of the flowers, and look at some of the special habitats of Fort Ord. Visiting and book purchasing from 7 p.m. Meeting and program begin at 7:30. Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950.

Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
Program Meeting: Brown is NOT the New Green
Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Presented by Lisa Novick, Director of Outreach, Theodore Payne Foundation. Misconceptions abound about how to garden responsibly in drought. Even more misconceptions surround California native plants. Join us for this highly illustrated talk about the basics of gardening with Southern California native plants, told through a series of vignettes from Lisa's ten years of outreach for the Theodore Payne Foundation and her twenty-five years of native-plant-gardening experience. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd. Encino.

Mojave Chapter
Program Meeting: Rare and Endangered Plants of the Mojave Chapter Region
Thursday, November 16, 6 p.m.

Jim Andre, Director of UC Riverside Granite Mountains Desert Research Center and Rare Plant Program Chair for CNPS will be presenting an overview of rare and endangered plants of the Mojave Chapter region and priorities for protection. Hi-Desert Nature Museum, 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley.

East Bay Chapter
Native Here Nursery Special Sale
Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Special sale of plants for creeks and wet places. Native Here Nursery, 101 Golf Course Drive, Tilden Park, Berkeley.


Contributors and Photo Credits

  • Becky Reilly
  • Mark Naftzger
  • Stacey Flowerdew
  • Liv O'Keeffe
  • Doug Tallamy - courtesy author
  • Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. insulare - Dylan Neubauer



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