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California Native Plant Week

Native Plant WeekCalifornia Native Plant Week 2017 is coming soon! This year CNPS will celebrate the Seventh Annual California Native Plant Week, April 15 - April 23, 2017. If you are interested in joining the CNPW Committee, please email .

For CNPW 2017, we are offering many great events and activities around California. Find upcoming events near you on the calendar below where you can meet members of your local CNPS chapter and participate in California Native Plant Week. Listings on the calendar below include activities and events sponsored by CNPS chapters with links for more information. Click the event name below for an expanded description. For more chapter events in your area, find your local chapter here.



Native Plant Week History and Acknowledgements

The first California Native Plant Week (CNPW) in 2011 would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Mike Ross, Barbara Wolf, Nancy Morin, Mark Naftzger, Diana Ruiz, the CNPW Committee and chapter members. The contributions by many volunteers has transformed California Native Plant Week from text in a bill, to a wonderful program that will promote, educate, and conserve California's rich native flora for future generations.

California Native Plant, Lupinus albifrons.  photo by Stacey Flowerdew
California Native Plant, Lupinus albifrons.
Photo by Stacey Flowerdew

The California State Assembly and Senate approved Resolution ACR 173 establishing California Native Plant Week, which proclaims the 3rd week of April, each year, as California Native Plant Week and encourages community groups, schools, and citizens to undertake appropriate activities to promote the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of California's native plants.

The resolution (ACR 173) was introduced by Assemblywoman Noreen Evans (D – Napa) and sponsored by the California Native Plant Society, while it garnered the support of horticulturalists, conservation organizations, and nurseries throughout California.

ACR 173 recognizes the vital historical, artistic, and economic contributions California’s native plants have made to our State, and points out that California native plant gardening and landscaping have tremendous positive impacts to our watersheds, to habitat recovery, and to curbing catastrophic wildfires. In particular, the resolution recognizes that home landscaping and gardening with native plants can cut residential water use from 60 to 90% over conventional gardening.

Complete text of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 173
Download a printable copy of the resolution (PDF 2.8Mb)

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