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Past Events

Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Lewisii redivivaGuest speaker: Bob Case
When: Wednesday, June 28
7:00 to 8:30 p.m
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Where: Auburn/Placer County Library
 Beecher Room
 350 Nevada Street, Auburn CA 95603

When Thomas Jefferson, in a visionary decision, purchased the Missouri watershed in 1803, he chose Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead the expedition. Over their journey of three years and 8,000 miles, they made notes, illustrations, and collections of plants, as well as other observations including geology and wildlife.

Today, the legacy of that journey includes 176 plant species new to science, many native to California. Bob Case will share with us this rich botanical treasure trove in photos and stories that make this “Greatest American Adventure” come alive. 

Bob will also participate in two Redbud field trips that will include species discovered by Lewis and Clark. On Wednesday, June 28, we will visit Sagehen Creek off Hwy 89, North of Truckee, and on Thursday, June 29, we will explore a portion of Page Meadows near Tahoe City.  Our CNPS Redbud website and our Facebook Events page will soon have info on these special outings.

Bob Case holds an MS degree from CSU San Francisco in Ecology and Systematics. He taught biology and environmental science in Bay Area community colleges for 25 years, and recently retired as Deputy Commissioner from the Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture.  His photographs have appeared in many books and other publications. A CNPS member since 1972, Bob is Co-Chair of the CNPS Exotic Invasives Committee. Bob is a member of the California State Parks foundation, The Lewis and Clark Trail Foundation and the National Parks Foundation.

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The Redbud Chapter “Passionate about (Native) Plants”
April, 2017 Lecture:
The Secrets of Ceanothus!

Guest Speaker: Photographer and Botanist Jeff Bisbee

When:  Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm

Where: The Madelyn Helling Library

    980 Helling Way, Nevada City 95959

 



Does the old-fashioned nickname “California lilac” do a ceanothus justice?  Jeff Bisbee will explore the unique and fascinating world of ceanothus. Over 50 species of Ceanothus are native to California’s foothills, forests, and coasts, and a number are key features of urban and suburban landscapes.  Ranging from ground-hugging mats to small trees, Ceanothus are characterized by frothy flower displays in shades of blue, white, and lavender.  Learn about their widely-varied sizes and shapes, how to easily grow them from seed, and, of course, their diverse beauty.

Jeff, a freelance nature photographer and botanist whose work has been featured in numerous publications, will concentrate on local species. He’ll also share noteworthy examples from other parts of California.


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Come to Redbud’s Next Spring Meet-up!

Saturday, April 15
Native Plant Communities
Celebrating California Native Plant Week

Spring Is Here!
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City


All are welcome, whatever your level of experience. Bring your questions and observations, and explore solutions and suggestions with Redbud CNPS experienced gardeners and fellow members. We’ll provide handouts, free seeds, and light refreshments.

RSVP to president@redbud-cnps.org. Interested in other topics? Should we schedule additional Meet-ups for Spring? Please let us know when you email your RSVP.


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     Come to Redbud’s 3rd Winter Meet-up!

Wednesday, March 15
Your California Native Garden, Part 3
Spring Is Coming!

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

            Madelyn Helling Library -- 980 Helling Way, Nevada City

 As winter begins to wane, you’ll want to focus on adding new natives to your garden. We’ll dig into learning planting techniques that increase success, covering topics such as:

What are good sources of native plants in spring?
• How do I know it’s time to plant? What should I plant early…and later?

• How do I know where to plant different species (e.g., soil, water, and sunlight needs)?
• How should I prepare the soil? Should I use an organic fertilizer? What about compost?
• What do I need to know about mycorrhizae?

• Are there special requirements for transplanting native plants? 
Are there some that can’t be transplanted?
• How big a hole should I dig?  What shape hole?
• What should I do about drainage?

• What irrigation solutions work well?

All are welcome, whatever your level of experience. Bring your questions and observations, and explore solutions and suggestions with Redbud CNPS experienced gardeners and fellow members. We’ll provide handouts, free seeds, and light refreshments.

Interested in other topics? Should we schedule additional Meet-ups for Spring? Please let us know when you email your RSVP to president@redbud-cnps.org

 

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Bark Beetles

The California Native Plant Society -- Redbud Chapter presents:

The Natural History of Bark Beetles & the Future of Our Forests

Wednesday, February 22nd 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Auburn/Placer County Library, Beecher Room
350 Nevada Street, Auburn, CA 95603

 


As the saying goes, "It's the small things that make a difference.” In our forests, small things — like beetles, wasps and fungi — are changing our landscape in big ways.

Come to this Passionate About (Native) Plants lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22nd at the Auburn/Placer County Library to learn about the natural history of the bark beetle and the future of our forests — how different our forests of the future will be.

Our speaker will be Chris Paulus, retired forester and Cal Fire Battalion Chief. He has worked with local Fire Safe Councils and residents on fire prevention, fire-safe landscape planning, bark-beetle identification and the possibility of mitigation, and options after the beetles.

This is a free public lecture sponsored by the CNPS Redbud Chapter, Nevada and Placer Counties.

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Come to Redbud’s 2nd Winter Meet-up!
Wednesday, February 15

Your California Native Garden, Part 2 --
Getting Ready for Spring!

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library -- 980 Helling Way, Nevada City


At our second Winter Meet-up, we’ll focus on preparing for successful spring growth of the natives you have, and getting ready to plant those you want to add to your garden.   We’ll cover topics such as …

* Deciding which natives to plant and where to put them (Come to our 3rd Meet-up on March 15th to talk about when & how to plant)

* When and how to prune California natives? which ones need or like pruning & which don’t?

* When should California natives be mulched to keep them healthy and conserve water?  What type and how much mulch?

* How to provide habitat for wildlife in winter (while protecting vulnerable native plants from hungry deer, rabbits, and other critters)?

* What are natural ways to control weeds (without herbicides)?

* How to protect against bark beetles, and what to do if the worst happens?

* How to mitigate negative impacts of neighbors’ properties and enhance the positive, such as impacts on your view, sunlight and drainage, pests and invasive plants, and fire safety.

All are welcome, whatever your level of experience. Bring your questions and observations, and explore solutions and suggestions with Redbud CNPS experienced gardeners and fellow members. We’ll provide handouts, free seeds, and light refreshments.

Interested in other topics? Should we schedule additional Meet-ups for Spring? Please let us know when you email your RSVP to president@redbud-cnps.org

 

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January 21st 2017:  First Redbud Meet-up

Your Native California Garden in Winter, Part I

Right now, you may not see anything happening in your native garden. But where you can't see, underground, native plants are already actively growing and getting ready for spring. 

On Saturday, January 21, we'll gather from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City to talk about how you can make the most of the winter months in your garden.

 

Depending on the group's interests, we'll talk about:

  • designing & planning your garden 
  • choosing, planting, & growing plants
  • winter care for your garden
  • trouble-shooting special problems, and more


All are welcome, whatever your level of experience.  Bring your questions and observations, and explore solutions and suggestions with Redbud CNPS experts and fellow members. We'll provide handouts, free seeds, and light refreshments.

Please RSVP to president@redbud-cnps.org .