Spring Wildflower Show & Native Plant Sale

Spring Wildflower Show& Native Plant Sale

the North Coast celebration of wild California plants

Free, open to all!


May 4 (1-5 p.m., show only)
May 5 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
May 6 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Show Features:
• hundreds of fresh wildflowers
• plant ID of wild plants
• invasive plant game
• draw-a-plant and learn phenology
• plant books for sale
• drawing and painting workshop Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m.

 You can help with the show!
707-822-2015 or theralphs@humbodlt1.com

We need people to collect flowers near and far, identify them, arrange them, set up tables, work shifts at tables, lead school groups, and clean up!
Most tasks require no botanical knowledge.


May 6 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
May 7 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Sale features:
• thousands of plants
• lots of cheerful annuals
• bulbs
• trees, shrubs, and perennials
• sun or shade, wet or dry
• experienced gardeners to help you
• cash, check, or credit card

Click here to see a list of plants!

You can help with the sale!
707-826-7247 or thegang7@pacbell.net

We need people to transport plants, arrange plants, label plants, advise customers, tally purchases, take money, and clean up! Most tasks require no botanical knowledge.

Jefferson Community Center,
1000 B Street, Eureka

Find updates and details at  www.northcoastcnps.org

Blue Lake lupin. Photo: Ann Wallace.
Blue Lake lupin. Photo: Ann Wallac


Beginners and experts, non-members and members are all welcome at our programs and on our outings.  Almost all of our events are free.  All of our events are made possible by volunteer effort. 

Field Trips & Plant Walks

April 7, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Stony Creek Day Hike. A one-mile round-trip hike featuring diverse native vegetation. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School, 10:30 a.m. at the Gasquet Ranger Station, or arrange another place.  RSVP with Carol Ralph by phone at 707-822-2015.

April 15, Sunday, 1:00-3:00 p.m. “Conifers on Campus,” a plant walk with Dr. Dennis Walker. Learn what makes a conifer a conifer, and broaden your understanding of these trees and shrubs. Meet at the green front doors of the dome greenhouse on HSU campus. Weekend parking is free in campus lots. RSVP with Carol Ralph by phone at 707-822-2015.

April 21, Saturday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Native Plants in Gardens and Forest. A walk from the Arcata Community Center to Arcata Community Forest and back to see native plants in public and private landscapes and in a redwood forest. Call 707-826-7050 to register for this free trip sponsored by CNPS at Godwit Days, or register for Godwit Days at www.godwitdays.org.

April 28, Saturday, 10 a.m.-Noon. Ferns of the Dunes. View eight species of common ferns during an easy walk of about 1/4 mile along the riparian edge of the dunes. Meet at Pacific Union School and carpool to the protected site. Co-sponsored by the California Native Plant Society and Friends of the Dunes. Reserve your space by contacting Friends of the Dunes at 707-444-1397 or info@friendsofthedunes.org.

April 29, Sunday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Rohner Park: A Rich History and Flora.  Join Wiyot Tribe botanist Adam Canter for an easy walk, about one mile, in a small, rich, old stand of second growth Redwood right in Fortuna. Meet at the Fireman’s Pavilion in Rohner Park. For information, call 707-822-2015 or send an email to theralphs@humboldt1.com.

May 12, Saturday, 8:00 a.m.  South Fork Trinity River Day Hike: Photographer’s Special. Ann Wallace will join this outing to coach photographers and share her enthusiasm for the region’s beauty.  The South Fork Trinity River Trail (aka Hell’s Half Acre) is a long-time favorite wildflower destination in Six Rivers National Forest. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School or arrange another place. Tell Carol you are coming: 707-822-2015.

May 20, Sunday 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Botanizing the Hammond Trail Loop. Elaine Allison will lead this walk of about one mile along coastal bluffs and coastal prairie, through Beach Pine forest and streamside forest in McKinleyville. Meet at the west end of Murray Rd. For information: 707-822-2015 or theralphs@humboldt1.com.

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 11, “New Calflora Tools for CNPS Users.”  Calflora.org is one of the most useful websites for people working with or studying or gardening with native plants.  Join Calflora’s Executive Director Cynthia Powell and John Malpas to discuss new Calflora tools for CNPS Calflora users. Program attendees are invited to join a field workshop Thursday morning to use the Calflora website and app. Destination to be announced. Information: Carol Ralph 822-2015, theralphs@humboldt1.com.

May 9, “Northern Sierra Wildflower Adventures”. In June 2016, Donna Wildearth and Ann Burroughs set off on a wildflower expedition to the northern Sierra Nevada. They will share pictures of some of the wildflowers encountered and also provide information on good places to view wildflowers in the area.


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