CNPS: Spring Wildflower Show & Native Plant Sale

Spring Wildflower Show & Native Plant Sale

The North Coast celebration of wild California plants
Free, open to all!

This annual celebration of wild plants is now so big, it is in two places!  Visit both sites to marvel at the plants and to mingle with fellow plant enthusiasts.

May 3  2-8 p.m.
May 4  10 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 5  10 a.m.-4 p.m.
at the Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B Street, Eureka. Contact:  Susan 672-3346

Show Features:
oak woodland displays and lectures
hundreds of fresh flowers, native and non-native
speakers on oak woodlands, Karuks and oaks, native plant gardening, and painting oaks      Wyiot land management
Wildflower art workshop Friday, 7 p.m.
experts to identify your wild plant      invasive plant game
wildflower posters and postcards and plant books to buy
wild, edible plants     plants of the dunes

May 4  10 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 5  10 a.m.-4 p.m.
at the Freshwater Farms Reserve (North Coast Regional Land Trust), 5851 Myrtle Ave, Eureka. Contact: Chris 826-0259

Sale features:
thousands of plants from five nurseries
milkweeds and cheerful annuals     beautiful bulbs
trees, shrubs, and perennials     ferns and succulents
experienced gardeners to help you
cash, check, or credit card

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Field Trips & Plant Walks

April 14, Sunday.  1-3 p.m. Botanizing the Hammond Trail Loop. Wildflower author and enthusiast Elaine Allison will lead this one-mile walk along coastal bluffs and coastal prairie, through beach pine and streamside forests. Meet at the west end of Murray Rd. For information: 707-822-2015,

April 20, Saturday. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Native Plants in Arcata’s Gardens and Forest. Join Carol Ralph, Anna Bernard, and Pete Haggard for a three-mile walk from the Arcata Community Center to Arcata Community Forest and back to see native plants in public and private landscapes and redwood forest. Call 707-826-7050 to register for this free trip sponsored by CNPS at Godwit Days, or register for Godwit Days at

April 27, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. Ferns of the Dunes. At the Lanphere Dunes Unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Carol Ralph will introduce eight species of common ferns during an easy quarter-mile walk along the riparian edge of the dunes. Meet at Pacific Union School in Arcata and carpool to the protected site. Co-sponsored by CNPS and Friends of the Dunes. Reserve your space by contacting Friends of the Dunes at 707-444-1397 or

April 28, Sunday. Coyote Creek Basin Day Hike.  We will look for spring in the oak woodland and coastal prairie of the southeast corner of Redwood National Park near the Lyon Ranch Trail off Bald Hills Rd. (elevation 1,700-2,900 ft.). We might shuttle cars and walk the 5.1-mile route as suggested in Ken Burton’s Hiking Humboldt Vol. 1, 55 Day Hikes in Northwest California. Bring lunch and water.  Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School to carpool.  Tell Carol you are interested:  707-822-2015;

May 18, Saturday.  Pine Ridge Trail Day Hike.  This trail in oak woodland of Lacks Creek Management Area takes us past delphiniums, pussy ears, violets, lupines, blue dicks, iris, checker lily, and an oak woodland restoration project. We will hike about four miles on uneven trail with little change of elevation. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School. Bring lunch and water. Carol: 822-2015;

May 19, Sunday. 1-3 p.m.  Rohner Park: a rich history and flora.  Join Wiyot Tribe botanist Adam Canter for an easy one-mile walk in a small, rich, old stand of second growth Redwood right in Fortuna.  See as many as ten species of ferns, and numerous, dainty, redwood forest flowers..  Meet at the Fireman’s Pavilion in Rohner Park.  For information: 707-822-2015 or

Evening Programs

At the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., near 7th and Union, Arcata. Refreshments at 7 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m.

April 10, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m.  “Native Plants: the Wild among Us.” Dr. Eva Begley, author of the recently published Plants of Northern California: A Field Guide to Plants West of the Sierra Nevada, botanized for 40 years in the Sacramento region, mostly in suburbia, wildlife areas, and agricultural lands.  She will surprise you with the array of native plants she found–from the tiny to the showy.

May 8, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m.  “Blue Collar Botany.”   Artist and railroader Joey Santore began his journey into botany ten years ago by studying conifers and is currently fascinated with the sunflower family, Asteraceae. His wonderful photos will take us to destinations in the United States and Mexico and share his passions for native plants, the mysteries of plant distributions, the genus Hesperocyparis, desert flora, evolutionary radiations, and street tacos.


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