Making News

Native oaks (Quercus spp.); Image: Leo Dale

CNPS staff and volunteers shared their expertise on topics ranging from 2023’s abundant wildflowers to invasive plants to waterwise landscaping. A highlight was the Los Angeles Times recap of the CNPS 2022 Conference.

Native plants gained national attention this year. Drought, wildfire, abundant rain, and other climate changes drew attention to the benefits of native plants for firescaping, waterwise landscaping, and erosion control. The recognition of the importance of Indigenous knowledge continues to grow. A movement among gardeners to install native plants to benefit biodiversity continues to gather momentum in California and beyond.