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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!

The Redbud Chapter
"Passionate about (Native) Plants”  
Lecture Series

Monarchs and Milkweed
Guest Speakers: Bonnie Bradt and Kate Brennan
Wednesday, August 29th
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA 95959
One of the special treasures of life in Nevada and Placer Counties is that Monarch butterflies are native here. Learn how to raise Monarchs, and the milkweed plants on which they depend, during this special Redbud presentation.
Bonnie Bradt and Kate Brennan, both members of the Nevada County Master Gardener team of “Monarch Wranglers,” will share information about planting and growing native milkweed and other pollinator plants to attract Monarch butterflies. They’ll relate their personal experiences rearing Monarch butterflies and provide information on best practices for doing so at home.
Bonnie holds a BS in Zoology and an MS in Entomology from UC Davis. She worked for over 40 years as a research scientist, mostly in biochemistry. She has authored or co-authored 28 scientific papers and two book chapters. She joined the Master Gardeners in 2005 and gladly became the group’s resident entomologist. She has given public workshops and presentations for many years, mostly on entomology-related subjects.
Kate Brennan became a Master Gardener in 2013 and began rearing Monarch caterpillars after attending a workshop on Monarchs and Milkweed. She is also a member of CNPS and Sierra Foothills Audubon Society.
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Other Events of Interest
Saturday August 11, 2018  -   9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

BYLT Junior Conservationists continue the BYLT summer series in the high country with a trip to Flora Lake near Donner Summit on August 11.

This special outing follows a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail near Donner summit and includes a swim in Flora Lake and a great view of Donner Lake.

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.

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


Trees and Shrubs


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


Member discount if purchased directly from Redbud Chapter




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
Chet Blackburn 530-885-0201, or
Jeanne Wilson 530-570-8009,

Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails


See these

      Books by Redbud Members:

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