CNPS Happenings 2020 June

by Carol Ralph     and

California Native Plant Society logoThe California Native Plant Society is an organization that brings together science, education, conservation, and gardening to save native plants and their ecosystems.  No botanical expertise is required to join. Beginners and experts, members and non-members, all are welcome at our programs and on our outings.  Our events are free, organized and presented by an amazing corps of volunteers.

The North Coast Chapter of CNPS is meeting the challenge of helping our citizens enjoy native plants while sheltering at home and maintaining social distance. 

We are selling native plants!  Nurseries are specifically mentioned as “essential business” in the county’s declaration. Our volunteer-run nursery has carried on!  We developed from scratch a social-distance-compliant, order-and-pick-up procedure so that while sheltering at home people can buy native plants and carry on with healing the planet, one garden at a time.  That pick-up period was in May.  If small gatherings are deemed safe by June, we hope to have an on-site sale in some form.  Please stay tuned!  Check the website or Facebook.  Meanwhile, a fine selection of our plants is available every day, 12 noon-6 p.m., at the Kneeland Glen Farm Stand at Freshwater Farms Reserve, 5851 Myrtle Ave. (near Three Corners Market).  If you don’t see what you want there, you can ask if we have it by contacting us at


We have presented 5 evening programs as Zoom webinars.  You can find the recorded versions linked on our website under the Education tab:

“Conifers of the Klamath Mountains: 2019 Update from the Field” with Michael Kauffmann

“California’s Iconic Flora” with Matt Ritter

“Restoring Nature with Pollinator Gardens” with Bill Rodstrom

“Botanizing the BLM Lands of the North Coast” with Jennifer Wheeler

“Capturing California’s Flowers” with Jenn Yost and Katie Pearson

 No evening programs are scheduled for June-August.

Field trips are canceled for now (as of May 6), but we have a Facebook group for sharing wildflower photos and asking and answering questions about them: 

We are sharing do-it-yourself field trip information through our Yahoo group and our website.  Stay tuned as health guidelines change. 


For the first time in its 38-year history the Spring Wildflower Show is being presented virtually, on our website. Galleries of photos take you to different places and through different groups of plants.  Posters, documents, and slideshows illustrate the topics of invasive plants, dune plants, Wiyot plants, wildflower art, and flower photography.  Bill Rodstrom’s talk on pollinators was scheduled for this show, and now is available on our website (see above).  Numerous links suggest detours on relevant topics.  Some of the work in this show is absolutely stunning.  Take some time to browse and to return.  The flowers will never wilt.

Important!  Keep checking our website or our Facebook page Ask to be added to our Yahoo! activities notification group by writing Carol (