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May 2019

Wildflower Walk and Springville Clarkia Treasure Hunt

May 4 @ 9:00 am - May 7 @ 11:00 am
River Ridge Ranch, 37675 Balch Park Rd.
Springville, CA United States
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Saturday, May 4th, 9-11am Join the Alta Peak Chapter in Tulare County to help us document Springville Clarkia or just enjoy yourself viewing flowers. Moderate difficulty, uphill climb. 9-11am at River Ridge Ranch, 37675 Balch Park Rd., Springville 93265. Meet in lower parking lot. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Bathrooms available. Heavy rain cancels. Contact: Barbara Brydolf, Alta Peak Chapter at bbrydolf@gmail.com 

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Sonoma-Marin Eco-Friendly Garden Tour and Plant Sale

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway City
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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For the county’s spring Garden Tour, the Marin Chapter will be hosts at the new Native Plant Pollinator Garden they designed and planted in front of the Bay Model Visitor Center. The garden is over 100 feet long, and is planted with different wildlife habitats for songbirds, hummingbirds, and butterflies plus a monarch butterfly way station. Native bees use all of it. Each section of the garden focuses on the plants favored by that specific type of pollinator. There are…

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GardenFest

May 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N. Fowler St
Bishop, CA 93515 United States
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This free, family-friendly event celebrations spring with plants and delicious food for purchase, a free beer tasting, live music, children's games and much more. GardenFest will also offer opportunities to learn about ESLT's Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, and how community members can transform their yards or garden into pollinator havens. This project helps keep the Eastern Sierra blooming by enticing native birds, bees, and butterflies to gardens throughout the Eastern Sierra. For more information, please contact Marie Ring, ESLT's Education…

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Fifteenth Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour and Events

This award-winning tour features thirty seven beautiful Alameda and Contra Costa county gardens that are pesticide-free, water conserving, provide habitat for wildlife, and contain 60% or more native plants.  On the day of the Tour art will be available for sale at a dozen gardens and live music will be performed at seven.  Children’s activities will be offered at two. This self-drive tour showcases a variety of gardens, from large wooded lots in the hills to small parcels in the flats. Native plants will be available…

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CNPS Garden Ambassadors | Redlands Conservancy, Day 2 Garden Tour

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Redlands Redlands, CA United States + Google Map

Tour CNPS Garden Ambassador Linda Richards successful, residential native plant garden in Redlands.  Linda Richards has been planting with California native plants since 2002 and her Redlands home features a former lawn that is now a successful 10 year old native garden, as well as mature natives. As a Garden Ambassador with the California Native Plant Society, she welcomes opportunities to share her love and appreciation of California native plants. She also writes a blog www.ifnaturecouldtalk.com that includes info about her favorite plants for the Inland Empire area.

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Plant ID Workshops

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on May 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm

San Francisco State University, Hensill Hall, Botany Lab, Room 440, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132 United States
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Listen to a PowerPoint presentation that explains a plant family's diagnostic features, its economic importance, distribution, and evolutionary history among other things. We are then assisted by graduate botany students to key out live specimens. Join us for a stress-free hour and a half learning about botany. Bring Jepson Manual Second Edition, if you have one, and a loupe. We do have microscopes on hand and instruments that aid with dissection of plants. Workshops begin at 6 pm and run…

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Firewise Landscaping: Can Native Plants Help Save Our Homes From Fire?

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway City
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Photo courtesy of Audubon Canyon Ranch.

Presentation and talk by Greg Rubin, President, California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. Far from being "fire bombs," a landscape of California native plants may actually contribute to fire safety around your home—it's all in the approach. Greg will explore the factors that encourage fire resistance in native landscapes, including design, irrigation, and maintenance, and will share actual case histories from a number of major fire events. Although there is no guarantee that a native landscape will save a home…

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Conglomerate Mesa BioBlitz, Inyo County

May 10 - May 13
Conglomerate Mesa, CA, Conglomerate Mesa CA United States

Where: Conglomerate Mesa, Inyo County When: Saturday-Sunday May 11-12 Join CNPS, Friend of the Inyo, and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden document the flora and fauna of Conglomerate Mesa in order to help conserve this amazing place. Meet us for naturalizing in small groups May 11-12, or explore on your own Friday May 10th through Monday May 13th. You're welcome to join for day trips on Saturday or Sunday, or camp out with us for the weekend. We'll search for…

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CNPS Garden Ambassadors | Seasonal Garden Visit

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

You are invited to enjoy Patricia’s native garden on a typical late spring day.  The garden, a secluded 1-acre wild escape on the slough, is located west of Davis.  Started in 2005, it now features more than 300 species and cultivars of California native plants.  Visit Patricia’s Garden Ambassador Profile to learn more about this garden, access a map, view a plant list, and take a virtual tour!

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Restoring Plants, Soil and Water: Nature Wants to Help

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway City
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Presentation and talk by Judith Schwartz, Environmental Journalist. Discussions of climate have largely been driven by physics and a focus on fossil fuels. But the constellation of phenomena that we call climate also reflects biology. The problem isn’t carbon per se, but that there’s too much carbon in the air rather than in the ground. Due to erosion and tillage, our soil has lost much of its carbon: 50–80% of the world’s cultivated soil has lofted its carbon into the…

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