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Washington Native Plant Society and Eriogonum Society Joint Meeting

June 16 - June 19

Eriogonum nervulosum


Eriogonums, common name Desert Buckwheats are a medium-sized genus of mostly perennial, beautifully flowering shrubs endemic to arid and alpine regions of Western North America.

Common in our beloved Shrub-Steppe they are a major contributor to that landscape’s beauty and complexity. In the Shrub-Steppe shrubs are the canopy and wildflowers like Eriogonums and bunch grasses are the understory.

Dates for the Retreat, June 16 – 19, were chosen to coincide with the peak blooming season for the many other Eriogonums such as umbellatum, heracloides and niveum we can expect to see.

High point of the weekend is planned to be visiting Eriogonum codium, one of the rarest plants known. Native to a few acres of now degraded habitat on Hanford. It is the subject of extensive rescue efforts by our Washington Natural Heritage Program, Walt Fertig, State Botanist and leader of those efforts, will describe the E. codium restoration efforts at Saturday’s after dinner talk. We will not be visiting the high security site on Hanford, but the site of an outplanting of nursery raised plants.

Friday morning will be a class by Ben Grady on Eriogonum taxonomy and identification by keying. After lunch we can field trip to Manastash Ridge by hiking and without getting in our cars.

The Eriogonum Society promotes the scientific understanding of Eriogonums and works to protect rare and endangered members of the genus. The Society also enjoys and evaluates these plants in the wild and promotes their use in the garden by a seed exchange and sharing information on their cultivation

Headquarters for the Retreat is Lazy F, a clean, well-maintained Camp belonging to the Methodist Church and made available for other non-profit organizations. The Camp is located in beautiful Manastash Canyon in the Cascade Mountains rain shadow surrounded by Ponderosa Pine forests and Shrub-Steppe.

Accommodations include three meals per day starting with dinner on Thursday and ending with lunch on Sunday. Sack lunches provided on field trip days. Accommodation for special dietary needs no problem. Tent, RV camp or stay in a motel style room. See for details and to sign up.

Join the WNPS Eriogonum Society Joint Retreat at Lazy F Camp and relive your happy summer camp days. Consort with beginner, and world-renowned botanists at this beautiful, inexpensive Camp located amid Washington’s extensive “dry side” and ideal Eriogonum habitat.

  • Exciting Field Trips
  • Identification and Keying Class
  • Knowledgeable Dinner Speakers

People come from all over the Continent to this meeting and describe it as “illuminating and spectacular.” Meeting registration is open to all current members on the Eriogonum Society and Washington Native Plant Society, See for details and to sign up.



June 16
June 19
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Lazy F Camp & Retreat Center United Methodist
16170 Manastash Rd
Ellensburg, WA 98926 United States
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