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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!

Family Nature Hike on the Sierra Discovery Trail
Saturday, August 10, 2019
This trail is a level 0.9 mile, semi-paved loop that winds along the Bear River and packs a lot of nature into a short hike. The area adjoins wet meadows and a creek with a small waterfall. It is perfect for people of all ages and accessible for strollers. Interpretive signs, a kiosk and restrooms are located at the trailhead. There is a picnic site with tables at the river. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
We are delighted to have Jessica Abbot return again this year with her butterfly program!
She will showcase some of the local butterfly diversity and talk a little bit about her research studying how climate change will impact butterfly populations throughout California and Oregon. Jessica is a Research Ecologist for the Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, CA and has over 14 years of research experience. Participants will get a close up look at a variety of butterfly species and hopefully get to see butterfly eggs and caterpillars.
This hike is sponsored by the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and organized by California Naturalist, Linda Conklin 209-840-0336.
The assistant leaders are Shane Hanofee and Diane Wetzel.
Directions to the Trailhead
From Nevada City
Travel approximately 20 miles east on Highway 20 to Bowman Lake Rd./Forest Rte 18).
Turn left and travel approximately one-half mile (north) up this road.
The parking lot is on the left.
From I-80 E,
Take Exit 161 to CA 20 Turn right on Bowman Lake Rd./Forest Rte 18.
Travel approximately one-half mile (north) up this road.
The parking lot is on the left.

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.

"Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails"
Julie Carville, Author, Botanist, Photographer

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Join us for a photo presentation by Julie Carville, author, botanist, and photographer who passionately shares her love of nature. 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 & Shrubs of Nevada & Placer Counties. In 2014, the Bear Yuba Land Trust awarded her the John Skinner Outdoors Recreation Award.
About Julie Carville: Julie has led wildflower field classes for 40 years for children and adults with private groups, environmental organizations, schools, and colleges. She worked with the California State Park' "Women in the Outdoors" program to encourage women to hike, camp, and enjoy the outdoors with confidence. She has also worked with the California State Parks' Whitewater Division, offering wildflower and interpretive training classes for educators and river guides.
Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails

Julie has written about the delight of wildflowers and nature for various newspapers and magazines, including the Tahoe World and Sierra Sun, the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, and Sierra Heritage Magazine. She is a co-founder and past President of the Tahoe Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) .

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


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)