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The Redbud Chapter of CNPS

The Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society welcomes all native-plant lovers in Nevada and Placer counties. We are dedicated to exploring, educating, researching, and writing about the diversity and beauty of our native flora. We:
  • Lead field trips to stunning foothill and mountain wildflower displays.
  • Offer 100s of locally adapted, hand-picked native plants at our fall sale.
  • Advocate for native flora and organize conservation projects.
  • Meet up to propagate plants and learn ethnobotany first-hand.
  • Publish two books on over 700 local wildflowers, trees and shrubs.
Together, we explore and restore nature, and find new friends!

Announcing Upcoming Redbud Chapter Events!

Garden Visit: Native Plant Beauty and Fire Safety
Saturday June 22nd 9AM -1 PM
This free event is for CNPS Redbud Chapter members only
Not a member? Join here: https://www.cnps.org/ (click orange "Join/Renew" button)
* Stroll this delightful garden 4 miles east of Nevada City to view native plants in a variety of habitats. See how to harmoniously incorporate a garden into a mixed forest setting.
* Learn how the landowners have created a habitat for natural beauty while maintaining fire safety, and talk with advisors about how to implement fire safe practices on your land. Increase your knowledge of the Home Ignition Zone.
* View young plants being grown for the Redbud Fall Native Plant Sale (Oct. 5th) and learn about opportunities to participate in the Redbud Chapter plant propagation group.
Members who register will receive directions
We look forward to seeing you at this scenic and educational event!

Sierra Buttes Wildflower Weekend 2019
  July 5 to July 7, 2019
Sierra Nevada Field Campus  
Calpine, CA 96124
Join us for a wildflower-filled weekend trip to the Sierra Buttes area, one of the best spots for wildflowers in all of the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada Field Campus (SNFC) of CSU San Francisco is located on Hwy 49 along the north fork of the Yuba River, about 58 miles up Hwy 49 above Nevada City and 1 mile above Basset's Station.
We’ll spend the weekend exploring the plants of the area, focused on observing many wildflowers in a variety of different habitats.
Schedule: Arrive at Field Campus Friday afternoon, July 5th. Dinner is at 6:30 pm. Accommodations will be at the Field Campus either in platform tents or you can bring your own tent. Meals are served at the Dining Hall. We will have field trips both Saturday and Sunday and will return home on Sunday, July 7th in the afternoon. Pets are not allowed at the SNFC.
A map and directions are available at http://sierra.sfsu.edu/directions. Check the web site http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra for more detailed information about the campus and species lists.
This trip is limited to 20 participants (must be actiive Redbud members) and is first come first served.
The Registration packet is available HERE. Fill out and sign all three forms and mail the completed packet with your check to:
Pamela Brillante  
P. O. Box 140  
Dutch Flat, CA 95714
Questions? Email Bill Wilson at wilsonb@yosemite.edu or call 530-265-8040.

The Redbud Chapter
"Passionate about (Native) Plants”
Lecture Series
Time for all events is 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m.


Maintaining a Fire-safe Home within a Fire Adapted Native Plant Ecosystem
Chris Paulus, Calfire Battalion Chief, Ret.
Wednesday, June 26th
Placer County Library
350 Nevada St., Auburn
As the weather heats up, fire safety takes central stage. Do we have to sacrifice most - or all - of our trees and other vegetation around our homes to be safe? This presentation highlights a solution that retains natural beauty and a healthy ecosystem.
Our speaker, retired CAL FIRE battalion chief Chris Paulus, has spent his entire professional career in the Sierra Nevada. Chris will discuss how native plants of the Western Sierra have co-evolved with their environment, including adapting to fire. Understanding these characteristics can help you make your property more fire resilient and more biodiverse.
Creating defensible space around our homes while retaining native trees and other plants - rather denuding our landscapes -- helps maintain property value, privacy, and quality of life. Chris will discuss how such strategies also aid wildland biodiversity, carbon sequestration and rainwater infiltration functions of native plant ecosystems, and foster habitat for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.
Wednesday, July 24,
Matt Forister, Professor, University of Nevada, Reno "Insect and Plant Life-Cycle Disruption from Climate Change and Other Factors"
Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St., Colfax

Wednesday, August 28
Julie Carville, Author, Botanist, Photographer
“Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails"
Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Join us for a photo presentation by Julie Carville. Her book, Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails, takes the reader on an amazing wildflower adventure along Tahoe's trails, with stories about the flowers, pollinators, animals, and Native American plant uses. Julie also wrote Lingering in Tahoe’s Wild Gardens and Hiking Tahoe's Wildflower Trails, and co-authored two Redbud books on Wildflowers and Trees andrubs of Nevada andacer Counties.

Wednesday, September 25 Nancy Gilbert, Redbud Horticulture Chair
"Jewels of the Garden California Native Bulbs, Corms, and Rhizomes"
Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City
California is blessed with one of the world’s largest and most diverse array of bulb species. This talk will focus on our local region’s native bulbs, corms and rhizomes, as well as very garden-worthy ones from other areas of California. The presentation will explain and illustrate various types of geophytes and their strategies for survival, how to successfully garden with our native bulbs, and their ethnobotanical and ecological importance. The show includes a native bulb bloom calendar, with spectacular photos.

Wednesday, October 23 Gregg McKenzie
"The Importance of Local Conservation Plans: The Placer County Conservation Plan"
Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn

Other Events of Interest

2019 Family Nature Hikes at the Placer Nature Center:
Saturday, March 23 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wildflowers -- Spring's Wonders
With Spring comes new life, sun and flowers. Join Docent Linda on a wildflower seek and find hike on the PNC nature trail.  
Approximately 1 hour, fun for the whole family. Dress in layers.  
Free. Donations accepted.

Saturday, April 27 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Bugs -- Why Do We Need Them?
Bugs, beetles and other creepy crawlies are all a part of our outdoor cycle of life. Join Docent Linda on a hike on the PNC nature trail and discover that these little creatures are the foundation of the food web.  
Approximately 1 hour, fun for whole family. Dress in layers  
Free. Donations accepted

Saturday, May 18 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Birds - Music Makers ofthe Woods
Did you ever hear a bird and wonder what kind she is? Many birds call the Placer Nature Center home. Join Docent Linda on a hike on the PNC nature trail and identify the sounds in the trees.  
Approximately 1 hour, fun for whole family. Dress in layers  
Free. Donations accepted


Books by Redbud Chapter – CNPS

Wildflowers, 2d Ed.

Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California 2nd Edition (2017)    $29.95

Member discount if purchased directly from Redbud Chapter

See article “Book on Placer and Nevada County Wildflowers Gets Update,” Auburn Journal, May 30, 2017.


Trees and Shrubs


Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties, California (2014)   $34.95


Member discount if purchased directly from Redbud Chapter




Get more information about Wildflowers or Trees and Shrubs, or
a list of 
regional booksellers and other locations selling Wildflowers.


Redbud Member Discounts

Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties:  $25.50
Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties: $29.75

To purchase at the member price, contact:

Julie Becker 530-265-8197, jbecker@infostations.com or
Jeanne Wilson 530-570-8009, treasurer@redbud-cnps.org

Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails


See these

      Books by Redbud Members:

      (Julie Carville, Karen Weise, Alicia Funk, and Carolyn Singer)