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Fall 2008 Newsletter
Volume 17, No. 3    August 2008


To the Brave and Industrious Kids of Merry Byles Crew...
BOOK REVIEW by Karen Callahan
A Small Chapter with Big Ideas!
"Grass Facts" PART I
Hummingbirds In Your Garden
Growing Calfornia Native Plants
California Fuchsia: A Hummingbird's Delight
Native Plant Propagation Special Interest Group
Conservation Committee Update
Leading In A Climate Of Change
Fabulous Fall Sale
The Briarpatch Native Retention Basin Is A Garden In Progress
Spectacular Spring Sale & Numerous Thank - You's
Field Trip: Fungi!

TO THE BRAVE AND INDUSTRIOUS KIDS OF MERRY BYLES CREW...

   On behalf of all the coyotes, skunks, opossums, deer, other critters, the willows, dogwood, and all the wildflowers of Spenceville Preserve, I want to thank you for your hard work on the creek restoration in their back yard. On behalf of the members of the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, I want to commend you for your efforts to mend some of the damage that has been done to our earth. For too many years humans have taken our planet for granted and just assumed that it would always heal itself. Now we know better and must begin to make amends for our thoughtless actions of the past. With your hard work this past year, you have begun this process. Hooray!! The Redbud Chapter supports your work and I, as president, am determined to be more involved with your work as it continues in the next school year. I know that the things you have learned from this experience will be with you for a very long time. Congratulations on a job well done! Frances Jorgensen

SCHOOL CONSERVATION PROJECTS

  Many of us in the Redbud chapter enjoy working with children. We are captivated by their wonder and exuberance..We would welcome the chance to share our knowledge and to inspire them to care for and appreciate native flora. Along the same lines, many teachers are looking for talented volunteers with a strong interest in the environment --- volunteers who would be willing to help with hands-on conservation experiences in or around the classroom setting. The Redbud chapter has already set aside funds for school conservation projects involving native plants. Hopefully we can make use of these funds during the 2008-2009 school year. Accordingly, Redbud members are encouraged to pass the word along to teachers, educators and youth group leaders. Let them know we’re wanting to become part of the action. Interested parties should call Frances Jorgensen at 265-4838.

BOOK REVIEW by Karen Callahan

Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Region by Arthur M. Shapiro. Published by University of California Press, 2007.

   Dr. Arthur Shapiro’s study areas since the 1970’s have included sites in Nevada County (Donner Pass, Castle Peak, and Langs Crossing) with parallel study sites in South America. With the current interest in global climate changes, his extensive records of butterfly species have special significance. He is finally gaining recognition for his years of field work and information on the monitoring is at his web site “www.butterfly.ucdavis.edu”. Along with the web site, Art Shapiro has written this guide for butterfly watchers with beautiful illustrations by Timothy Manolis. The title says ”San Francisco and Sacramento Valley”, but much of the information applies to the Northern Sierra foothills fauna as well.
I especially enjoyed the front chapters on the butterfly “lifestyles”. These descriptions of butterfly behavior offer a glimpse into the amazing variations found in nature. Like a good teacher, Dr. Shapiro doesn’t talk down to us. His writing is fun, understandable, and teaches us some new “big words”. And, best of all, this book includes a wealth of information about the relationship of butterflies and plants. For example, the caterpillars of our showy, iridescent Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly completely depend on the California Pipevine, (Aristolochia californica), and have one of the strangest life cycles of any California butterfly.
    Dr. Shapiro is professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis and a long time member of Redbud Chapter. He’s always been generous in his support of local conservation projects and our requests for information. Several years ago he alerted us to the diminishing range of McNab Cypress and the threats to at least two uncommon butterflies that depend on serpentine habitats in the northern Sierra.
    When Art Shapiro leads a field trip, you face a dilemma: do you try to scribble notes from what he’s saying and miss seeing that cluster of butterfly eggs, or do you listen and watch intently and try to absorb what you can. Finally, Art has written a book that takes us on an armchair version of his field trips. This guide will add to your enjoyment of springtime walks and summer field trips in the Sierra. And Art’s years of field observations show us the importance of contact with nature—it’s where all the action takes place and it’s our source of inspiration.
Available locally at the Bookseller, Mill Street, Grass Valley.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Call for Volunteers, By Julie Becker

    I am looking for a couple of volunteers to form a small program committee for 2009. If a few of us work together, we can share the responsibilities, thereby making the arrangements smoother and more efficient. The best part of the job is to find speakers who have a passion for plants, wildlife and the environment. Working as a committee, we should be able to come up with ideas for six programs. I already have some strong prospects in mind, knowing as we all do that our region is rich in both human and botanical potential!
    Of course, once we have speakers, we need a venue. Because there is great demand for the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City, we sign up for dates a year at a time, reserving the room every fourth Wednesday between January and October. The Rose Room in the Auburn Civic Center has so far been reserved one date at a time.
    Next on the docket are program descriptions for the Redbud newsletter. Speakers often provide brief written summaries of their programs, making it easier to draft finished copy. Two weeks before each program, press releases and brief web announcements should be submitted to local media. With the publicity chair open for 2009, I believe there is a current need for a small publicity committee as well. Perhaps several of us can join forces to develop a media list and an overall system to publicize not only evening programs, but also field trips and other Redbud events.
    Finally, prior to each meeting, there are always a number of details and arrangements to keep in mind. These include honorarium checks, equipment and supplies, room keys, dinner plans and any other last minute needs. Overall, program work is very satisfying. You meet good people, you become inspired and you’re connected to a larger mission. If you would like to be involved with the committee, please contact me via e-mail: jbecker@infostations.com or phone: 265-8197.


A SMALL CHAPTER WITH BIG IDEAS!

   Approximately 7 years ago, a few Redbud members had a dream of putting a book together about the wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties. In 2007, the book was completed and published. In less than a year, we have sold almost ½ the books published. Here are more things our members do:

• Provide 6 informative programs a year for the community
• Sponsor wildflower hikes lead by botanists and naturalists
• Host two native plant sales a year with the help of over 40 volunteers
• Monitor the rare and endangered plants in our area
• Keep a watchful eye on planning issues to be sure the native flora is represented in the population growth process
• Compose beautiful presentations
• Other members support these events by taking care of publicity, creating fabulous layout designs, keep minutes of meetings, take care of finances, and membership
• Installed a native plant garden at Brairpatch Coop

   We have a lot to be proud of. Our board members are creative and dedicated to the preservation of native plants and their environments. We are a volunteer organization. Each member brings their own unique set of talents and experiences to contribute as they can. If you think you would like to be a part of this eclectic group, please call me for more information. You may want to check out our website at “www.redbud-cnps.org” or the website of the state CNPS at “www.cnps.org”.
For the spring plant sale and wildflower show in Rocklin this year, we had seven members from that area help with the planning and production. There are many projects happening in Placer Co. and if you would like to be part of that group, please let me know.
   I was a member for many years - enjoyed reading the newsletters and visiting the places the group had restored wildflowers - before I decided to step forward and donate some of my time to this group. I thoroughly enjoy working with these talented people. I hope you will be inspired to join us also.

"GRASS FACTS" PART I

   Our area of Grass Valley lies at the eastern boundary of the Great Valley Grassland. Most of the current valley grassland occupies an elevation below 1,200 m (3,600 ft) and is now dominated by annual grasses. These annual grasses grow under Blue Oak and Live Oak on dry, rolling hills. Here climate is the primary controlling factor and is described as a Mediterranean climate. It is characterized by cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Rainfall varies from about 15 inches to 60 inches, depending on elevation. More importantly, rainfall amount and timing vary enormously from year to year, following no predictable pattern. Look around our area, in open spaces, old pastures and rolling fields and you will notice a great change from what used to grow here. Where have all the natives gone? Long time passing. (Peter, Paul & Mary, circa 1964) Stay tuned for more parts in a series on Grass Facts in the upcoming Redbud Newsletter. By Wayne Schwartzkopf


JOIN OR RENEW YOUR CNPS MEMBERSHIP...
to help preserve California's native plants and their habitats!

   It’s easy. To join on line, Google “join CNPS”. The first hit should take you to a membership application. A CNPS membership is valid for one year from the date of joining, but if you want your membership to renew automatically each year, click on the button "I want to make a recurring donation" and then in the adjacent"every" box, change the setting from "Month" to "Year". Please select “Redbud” as your chapter affiliation. If you’d rather join by mail, membership brochures are available at Redbud programs, field trips and plant sales, or call Redbud Membership Chair, Joan Jernegan (916) 874-5619, leave me your mailing address and I’ll send you a brochure.


HUMMINGBIRDS IN YOUR GARDEN, by Ed Pandolfino

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 – 7:15 p.m., The Rose Room - Auburn Civic Center*

   This program is a joint presentation between the Redbud Chapter of CNPS and the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society. It will tie in naturally with our upcoming fall plant sale on Saturday, October 4, which will feature native plants that attract hummingbirds.
   Life in the fast lane will be the focus of Ed Pandolfino’s talk on Northern California hummingbirds. So much more than little feathered jewels, hummingbirds are extraordinary in every possible way. Their tiny hearts pump over 1000 times per minute to drive a frantic lifestyle. Their tiny size … (you could mail eleven of them with a single first class stamp) … belies their mind-boggling capabilities. Many species manage yearly migrations of thousands of miles a year.
    During his presentation, filled with hummer facts and figures, Ed will show us the four hummer species most commonly found in our area. He also will give advice on attracting hummingbirds to our yards and gardens, promising to fold in photographs of a number of native plants that hummers find to be appealing … a feature that will help us with plant selection when we go to our fall plant sale.
    Ed’s professional experience has ranged from touring as a drummer for Rock 'n Roll bands, to post-doctoral research in biochemistry to running divisions of a major medical device company. He has served on the boards of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, Sierra Foothills Audubon Society, Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Western Field Ornithologists. He is currently one of the Northern California regional editors for North American Birds, published by the American Birding Association.
    Since retiring in 1999, Ed splits his time between local conservation work and birding all over the state of California. He leads field trips and teaches birdwatching classes for Sierra Foothills Audubon and gives a variety of presentations on habitat conservation and bird identification.

GROWING CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS, by Chet Blackburn

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 –7:15 p.m., The Rose Room - Auburn Civic Center*

   Learn about growing California native plants from our resident master, Chet Blackburn. During his presentation, Chet will describe some of the ways natives have adapted or evolved in order to survive the summer drought. He also will point out challenges native plants impose on gardeners who wish to grow them. He will continue by showing dazzling photographs of some of the best native candidates in three categories: annuals, perennials and shrubs.
    Chet speaks from vast experience, having grown several hundred species of native plants in containers in his greenhouse or “nursery yard” in Auburn. For years he has supplied the plants on display for the annual wildflower show at our spring native plant sale.
    Chet is an active member of the Bromeliad Society International and has served as editor of the group’s professional journal. Through this association, the Brazilian botanist Elton Leme honored him by naming a Brazilian bromeliad species Vriesea blackburniana and former BSI president Odean Head developed and named a hybrid bromeliad Neoregelia “Chet Blackburn.”
    Closer to home and highly important to our Redbud chapter, Chet spearheaded the creation of Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California, serving since Day One as project coordinator of the whole publication. Over the years, Chet has been a stalwart member of our group, wearing the hats of president, vice-president, field trip coordinator, publications chair and treasurer. He is a frequent speaker at garden clubs and other botanical gatherings and occasionally leads field trips to his special haunts.

*Directions: The Auburn Civic Center is located at 1225 Lincoln Way. From Highway 49 in Auburn, just after 49 passes under I-80, there is a T intersection. Continue straight ahead at the intersection to the Civic Center. The building looks like an old school (which it is). Go to the large parking lot behind the building and look for the Rose Room sign. Note the “7:15” start time!

CALIFORNIA FUCHSIA: A HUMMINGBIRD’S DELIGHT

   At the upcoming Redbud Chapter plant sale on October 4th, the spotlight is on one of California’s showiest wildflowers, the California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum). During the dry and dusty days of August and September in the foothills, California fuchsias explode with red tubular-to-funnel shaped flowers that are magnets for hummingbirds and bring a much appreciated splash of color and resplendence to our gardens.
    In addition to the native wildflower plants, many cultivars exist, providing a wealth of choices that vary in color, shape and size of the flowers and leaves.These sun-loving perennials or subshrubs that are members of the evening primrose family are generally vigorous plants that are easily grown.
    California Fuchsias have only recently been reclassified into the Epilobium genus. Previously their genus was Zauschneria, and that is the name still commonly used at nurseries and in the horticulture trade for the native plants and the many cultivars that have been developed over the years. Other alternative common names for California Fuchsia are hummingbird fuchsia or hummingbird trumpet, a testament to its nectar’s particular appeal to hummingbirds. The seeds also provide a feast for goldfinches and other songbirds. By any name, these plants are fantastic additions to a garden.
    California fuchsias can be found from Trinity County to Baja California, from coastal bluffs to high mountain slopes, and thus display decided variability in plant size and growth habitat. In the wild they often grow in exposed sites in sandy or rocky soils, and cascade from crevices in cliffs. They generally have dense foliage in attractive tones of green to gray. Many types are great rock garden plants and are also suited to container gardening. They are generally classified as “deer-resistant”.
    Among the native Epilobium and the cultivars that will be available at the plant sale are:
-Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium: Found over much of Sierra Nevada up to 10,000 ft., as well as in the North Coast Ranges, this subshrub grows about 2 ft high, and has green to gray-green leaves and 2” long red-to-orange flowers. Deer may browse this plant.
-Epilobium canum ssp. canum: Found naturally in Southern California, coastal Central California, Great Central Valley, and Sierra Nevada foothills, this is a good choice for dry situations and on slopes. It has narrow gray-green leaves and grows from 6 to 12” high and 3 to 4 feet wide.
-Epilobium 'Cloverdale': This form of California fuchsia was propagated from Squaw Rock along the Russian River north of Cloverdale in Sonoma County. It is a low, slightly mounding plant with particularly-broad olivegreen fuzzy leaves and orange-red tubular flowers.
-Epilobium 'Schieffelin's Choice': This California fuchsia grows close to the ground, becoming 6” tall and arching. Gray foliage makes a wonderful foil for the bright orange-red tubular flowers. I have one in a pot by my back door that is doing very well.
    California fuchsias usually like full sun to part shade and generally appreciate some additional summer watering to perform better, although established plants are drought tolerant. Many types exhibit fast and exuberant growth, and plants can spread via underground rhizomes or through seeds. As a result plants may “volunteer” in places not planted or intended. I personally consider self-propagation a virtue in my garden.
    Once California Fuchsia has become established pinching back the young tip will encourage branching and result in a bushier growth. While the plants shouldn’t be pruned in the first year while they are becoming established, the woodiest types benefit from a hard pruning (down to 1” stubs) during the fall and winter months. The herbaceous forms die back to the ground each winter.
    The riot of color provided by California fuchsias in late summer and autumn is unsurpassed.

NATIVE PLANT PROPAGATION SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP

   Redbud Chapter is in the process of setting up a Native Plant Propagation Special Interest Group (SIG). The purpose of this group is to acquire and share California native plant propagation information. The primary avenue for sharing information is expected to be a Yahoo e-group. The Gardening with Natives special interest group of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS (www.gardeningwithnatives.com) is being looked to as a model and possibly as a “sister” group. Depending on the interests of group members, there may also be:
-Sharing and exchanges of plant propagation materials (seeds and cuttings) and plants
-Special projects such as growing plants for chapter plant sales, demonstration gardens, and habitat restoration, especially local genotypes
-Native plant rescue from locations such as private yards (group and chapter members, general public; volunteer plants in paths and driveways, other excess plants), construction sites, and maintenance sites, such as from NI
    Part of the vision for this group is that it may be the basis of a decentralized propagation nursery operation, consisting of a network of backyard growers, as well as the primary source of volunteer staffing for future centralized propagation nursery locations that the chapter may establish. The vision includes wholesale purchasing of propagation materials such as plant containers and potting mixes and/or ingredients in bulk, with a system of making these materials available to group members.
    Once the Yahoo e-group is set up, the next step is expected to be a link and an information page on our chapter’s Web site. Anyone wishing to receive a personal e-mail notification when the e-group has been established, please contact Cindy at crubin@nccn.net. If anyone is interested in helping to organize this group or to get the egroup set up or would like more information, please also contact Cindy at the above e-mail address.

CONSERVATION COMMITTEE UPDATE, Eric Jorgensen, chair

   Conservation biologist Garrett Hardin examined the concept of shared “commons” in the late 1960s. Since then, discussion and research have focused on factors driving individual, family, and community patterns (i.e. how many sheep will I graze on the commons) and factors promoting an undermining of “common” sustainability. A recent issue of the Economist reminds us in “Common Sense” that the commons is now increasingly regional and global -- California water or global warming. The process of defined decision making, accountability, and trust have become infinitely more complex. Below are pieces of our local “commons” with Redbud focus.
    Donner Summit. The Chapter co-sponsored a tour of a proposed 1000 home multi use development in the Soda Springs / Lake Sabrina area of the summit. Redbud Chapter has joined Sierra Watch, Sierra Club and others in opposition to current plans for this former 3000 acre cross country ski complex . Proposed sprawl includes development intrusion into the wilderness canyon of the North Fork American River; facilities impacting Norden Lake and meadows, and many unanswered questions on sewage, water, fire and wilderness sprawl. Many large summit parcels exist including 400+ acres for sale off the Castle Peak rest area. Sierra Watch has framed the question appropriately: we need master planning for the whole Donner Summit area and can no longer afford parcel by parcel cumulative impacts. Julie Carville is the Redbud contact person.
    Texas Creek Watershed. Working with the South Yuba River Citizens League, Redbud members Wayne Schwartzkopf and Karen Callahan are helping to update plant records with a focus on uncommon plants and unique small patch ecosystems (10 acres or less). The area includes Lindsey Lake and Loney Meadows. Data on watershed impacts and assets is being compiled on all the tributaries of South Yuba River. Interested? Call Derek Hitchcock at SYRCL.
    Fire and Native Plants. The Fire Safe Council Education Committee, Redbud Conservation Committee and Sierra Forest Legacy are in the early planning discussions on creation of video chapters addressing fuels reduction and native landscaping. Video chapters will help Sierra residents meet current State fire law while protecting and enhancing plant and watershed attributes. Chapters will target each major plant community. Interest? Talk to Bill Wilson, Ames Gilbert or Eric Jorgensen.
   Conservation Conference Opportunities. Interested in strengthening your advocacy and educator talents? Building collaborative relationships? The Chapter has allocated funds to help support Redbud representation at the two following Conservation conferences. Contact Eric efjorgen@sbcglobal.net if interested in going.

LEADING IN A CLIMATE OF CHANGE

   The Sierra Nevada Alliance will be holding its 15th Annual Conference and Anniversary Celebration September 12-14 at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach at Lake Tahoe. This year’s conference theme is Leading in a Climate of Change: Hot Topics, Cold Facts and New Answers for the Sierra. Despite its iconic recognition, the Sierra Nevada has often been seen by those within and without the region as California’s poor stepchild. Rural with a limited population but a wealth of natural resources, the region has been exploited and frequently left out of key statewide decisions. But after fifteen years of a united regional conservation movement, the stepchild days are over. Come and join others to celebrate our past 15 years and strategize together how to save the Sierra, be a leading region in adapting to climate change, achieve sustainable communities and contribute to saving the world.
    The conference features inspirational speakers—including Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Tom Knudson, author and photographer Tim Palmer, and biologist and Sierra field guide author John Muir Laws--eight cutting edge conservation workshops, top notch networking and more. Also on Friday is the Sierra Nevada Yard and Garden Summit, where Sierra homeowners, organizations, and agencies will learn tips and techniques for creating a conservation-minded landscape that defends against wildfire, is in harmony with Sierra wildlife, reduces pollution, deters invasive weeds, and conserves water.
For more detailed information about registration and the conference schedule, go to www.sierranevadaalliance.org/conference or call the Alliance office at 530.542.4546.

CNPS CONSERVATION CONFERENCE: STRATEGIES AND SOLUTIONS

January 17-19, 2009, in Sacramento. See <www.cnps.org>.

 

FABULOUS FALL SALE

   The fall sale on October 4 at Sierra College in Grass Valley is lining up to be phenomenal in selection, bargains, new items & vendors! This fall you will have an opportunity to purchase some rarer and less common seeds from Chet Blackburn's collection, in addition to everyone's favorite wildflower seeds.
    Native grasses add an interesting element to any landscape plus in they offer erosion control, cover and food for beneficial wildlife and are deer/drought tolerant. For example, California’s State Grass - purple needlegrass stays green most of the year as its roots extend 20 feet and can tap the soil moisture in a drought. This grass is long lived at 200 years and more! Get your native grass seed like Nassella pulchra (purple needlegrass) and many more types at the sale. In addition, a great selection of native grasses in pots will be available at "Buy 1 Get 1 FREE! Late fall, with the on set of rain, is the best time to broadcast native seeds and let nature nurture them.
    Can you help the day of the sale? Setup at 7 am. Takedown 1:30-3:00: opportunities include unloading, organizing and signing plants, setting up tables and tents, signs and perimeter ropes. Covered trucks or vans needed to move plants. Many hands are needed, no knowledge of plants required! Volunteers are needed as cashiers, in the plant holding area, T-shirt/tote/book/card sales, purchase recorders, gate counter/security and wildflower seed sales. Do people say you know a lot about natives? Then consider being a plant consultant/personal shopper to help the customers with their plants inquiries. Sale volunteering is a great way to meet people with similar interests. Plus, I always learn some new plants when I work at the sale!      Volunteers get a free 1 gal plant for volunteering min. of 2 hours and you can pick it out before the sale starts as a bonus! Call Cyndi at 530 274-1924 with your volunteer interests.


PHOTO CONTEST! The CNPS Conservation Conference: Strategies & Solutions is sponsoring a photo contest of California’s native plants. Photos may be of, but are not limited to, rare or common plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, bryophytes. The entry deadline is November 15. For more information visit www.cnps.org/cnps/conservation/conference/2009/potos.php or contact Stacey Flowerdew at sflowerdew@cnps.org.


THE BRIARPATCH NATIVE RETENTION BASIN IS A GARDEN IN PROGRESS.

   You are welcome to explore it at all its stages! This chapter partnered with the BriarPatch Coop to create a community native plant demonstration garden. The team working on this garden is constantly discovering new plants popping up on site and is making plans for future phases. If you want to join the steering team or be on the work party list please call Cyndi at 274-1924. New ideas, helpers and donations are always welcome.
    Even though it may not look like much now, it is beginning to bring wildlife into the sediment catchment basin, as several native plants are establishing. Quail, deer, ground squirrels, towhees and bluebirds are using the area too! Keep in mind to use it gently- help us to keep it free of garbage and pick up after your pet!
    Update & Future Activities: The excavation and installation of a pipeline, due to the Litton Property Development up the hill, affected the far edge of the garden. Subcontractor Glen Grenon worked with Cyndi Brinkhurst to mitigate the impact. Rice straw was spread to minimize weed contamination and for erosion control. This fall we could use your help in several ways. Re-vegetating the newly graded area will begin with sowing native grass and wildflower seed. Crushed rock will be installed on the pathway (before the rainy season). We look forward to obtaining local cuttings and bio-regional plants as wonderful additions to the garden before next summer.

SPECTACULAR SPRING SALE & NUMEROUS THANK - YOU'S

   Thank you to the 50 volunteers who helped put on a successful sale and to all the customers who supported this fundraising event! We really appreciate the support of Native Springs Nursery, Cornflower Farms, who provided plants and helped the customers. Additional plants were obtained from the following nurseries, Floral Native, Abacus, California Flora, Las Pilitas, and Matilija. Hedgerow Farms supported the Chapter by donating plugs of Blue-Eyed Grass, Narrow-Leaf Milkweed, California Aster, June Grass, Grey Rush, and Deer Grass which were offered to new member sign-ups as incentives to join. We welcome 12 new Redbud members. Walker's office supplies gave us a deal on supplies, copying and laminating. All donations help our bottom line and make this fundraising event more effective. We are thankful for them. Chet Blackburn bestows a wonderful wildflower show full of lots of rare blooming beauties and important information. Chet your show is truly a labor of love and it showed!
    Thank you to Linda Nowak-Carlson (Blue Oak Nursery) and Chet Blackburn for many years of generously donating your time, space, water to care for the Chapter's plants between our sales. We are grateful for your help in acquiring plants and storing our sale supplies too!
    This year Kent Foster, Rocklin Public Works Department has set up a makeshift nursery in the corporation yard to house and water the plants between sales. The Sierra College Horticultural Department donated their experienced plant tables to the nursery when they upgraded. Thank you both for your contributions. If you would like to help care for the plants at this location or if you can provide a sun/deer sheltered place, water and care for container plants leftover from the Chapter's sales call Cyndi at 530 274-1924.
    Redbud Chapter thanks the following artists who have generously donated the use of one or more of their beautiful illustrations and photographs for our spring and fall plant sale promotional materials:

• Dyanne Johnson, a member of our chapter, for the use of two of her Foothill Penstemon illustrations
• Stephanie Barboni-Seppa, who's illustrations decorate the pages of Julie Carville’s book, Hiking Tahoe’s Wildflower Trails (previously published as Lingering in Tahoe’s Wild Gardens), for the use of her Meadow Penstemon and trail sign illustrations
• Susan Bazell, her illustrations grace the pages of Plants of the East Bay Parks, by Glenn Keator and Peg Steunenberg, for the use of her California Fuchsia drawing
• Jack Laws, author and illustrator of The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, for the use of his California Fuchsia and Anna’s Hummingbird illustrations We also thank Jack for the use of his Western Redbud illustrations and customized layout for our chapter t-shirts and totes.
• Karen Callahan & Ames and Nancy Gilbert, Chapter board members, offered several photographs of hummingbird and other natives. See these photos on our website and in the upcoming combined SFAS Hummingbird presentation on September 24. Photos by Karen Callahan on note cards will also be available at the sale!

Field Trip: Fungi!

  I realize that fungi are more closely related to animals than plants, but they come in a variety of colors, produce spores, and remain stationary -- as do plants. The best season to see fungi "in bloom" in Nevada County is late fall, IF there has been adequate rainfall and warm enough temperatures. Therefore I can't advertise a date for the field trip, other than to say that it will most likely be held in late November or early December. The purpose of this trip will not be to collect edible mushrooms, but to identify and enjoy the variety of fungi in our area. Please check our website (www.redbud-cnps.org/) starting in mid-November for more information. The leaders will be Bill Wilson and Roger McGehee.

Seminar: Going Native!

Sept 27 10:30 - noon, Choosing Native Plants for Your Garden. Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant
Grove Blvd. Roseville, (916) 746-1551.

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Thanks to all of you who contributed to this newsletter! Our next newsletter will appear on January 1, 2009.
Please submit articles by December 15. Brevity will be appreciated... Thanks! Roger McGehee, Interim Newsletter Editor, rogm@SBCglobal.net.

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