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December 2020

Project 467: Enhancing Native Plant Diversity at Edgewood

December 16, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Edgewood Natural Preserve near Redwood City is famous for its flower-filled serpentine grasslands. But the 467 acres of Edgewood support great biodiversity in the chaparral, oak woodlands, and grasslands on more fertile soils.

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In-vitro Conservation of Dudleya–Fighting Plant Poaching and Extinction. Speaker: Kevin Allison

December 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Kevin will describe his current project utilizing plant tissue culture (Micropropagation) to produce large amounts of select Dudleya species ethically.

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Wreath Masters Live Judging

December 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join celebrity judges who will determine the wreath master winners. Much merriment and frivolity will be had!

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January 2021

Plant Rediscoveries in Baja California and Discoveries in San Diego

January 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Rebman and colleagues received a National Geographic Society grant to revisit the type localities of 15 endemic and “lost” species in order to try and re-discover them for science and determine if the populations are at risk. During two years of fieldwork, the team re-discovered 10 of 13 lost plants.

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Naturehood Gardening: Urban Gardening with California Native Plants

January 7 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

We will delve into the creative possibilities and rich experiences of native gardening in California cities. From containers to tight spaces, balconies to sidewalk medians, we'll discuss opportunities to transform urban spaces into habitat as renters and homeowners. Hear from CNPS Garden Ambassadors with diverse experiences cultivating native plants in cities across California and pick up some great tips and tricks. Register: http://bit.ly/cnps0107

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Tennessee Hollow Watershed Restoration

January 7 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Speaker: Lew Stringer, Presidio Trust ecologist and Associate Director of Natural Resources

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Local Source: Life Linked to Land with Genevieve Arnold

January 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Presented by Genevieve Arnold, Theodore Payne Foundation California native plant gardens and landscapes restore habitat in urban environments. On the regional scale, how can we further respond to the urgent need for efforts to build habitat and preserve biodiversity more effectively? One important way is to go local, and propagate ethically sourced plants from surrounding wild habitats for use in urban landscapes. Learn about the benefits of locally sourced plants with an overview of Theodore Payne Foundation’s Local Source Initiative and…

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Growing and Appreciating California Succulents in the Garden and in the Wild

January 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A few pieces of California native succulents from a CNPS wildflower show prompted geologist and restorationist Paul Heiple to add many California natives to his large collection of "foreign" succulents.  Soon he was deep into Dudleyas, Sedums, Lewisias, cacti, and yuccas. Paul will share the excitement of finding these beautiful plants in the wild, and he will tell how he grows them.  Paul volunteers extensively with the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS, where he shares his expertise and enthusiasm for succulents,…

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The Amazing Manzanita and All Her Relations A talk by Kate Marianchild

January 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Manzanita! The word conjures visions of curvy reddish limbs reaching upward and outward into the sky, a feast for the fingers as well as the eyes. But there is much more to this plant than its striking beauty, including its talent for thriving in tough conditions. Have you ever wondered how 193 species and subspecies have managed to emerge since manzanita first appeared on the central California coast 37 million years ago? In January, when manzanitas of all shapes and…

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Conserving California’s Rare Plants with Amy Patten & Christa Horn  

January 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

CNPS and our partners California Plant Rescue (CaPR) are working to conserve California's rarest plants through the CNPS Rare Plant Program, citizen science, and long-term seed bank collections. Learn about how Rare Plant Treasure Hunt volunteers track down long-lost rare plant populations that haven’t been seen in decades and search for new populations in underexplored areas. We’ll discuss how CaPR, a collaborative with the goal of securing the entire California flora in conservation collections, is using seed bank collections as…

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