This talk/meeting does not pertain to edible plants specifically, but I feel it is a good opportunity to learn about our eco system from past SacValley CNPS President and local Sacramento botanist. I will be there to learn, network/mingle and just wanted to pass this along for those who are interested. First time to one of these meetings, should be fun!
The high southern Sierra Mountains contains some of the wildest country remaining in the United States. It is a habitat dominated by long winters and rocky granite slopes with little soil formation. Most is accessible only by hiker or packer.
In this seemingly barren environment, July and August reveals a surprising diversity of beautiful alpine wildflowers. During this brief growing season, hardy wildflowers take advantage of the warmer days and melting snow, amongst the boulders and scattered high meadows. This spectacular floral display includes the dense balls of purple blue (Sky Pilot) on high passes, brilliant pink (Mountain Pride) carpeting granite slopes, and dazzling splashes of yellow (Alpine Gold) in the talus fellfields, among many other alpine beauties. These lofty gardens are a testament to California’s rich diversity of life, even on the highest peaks in the state.
Mary Maret, past SacValley CNPS President and local Sacramento botanist, will present a slideshow of these high alpine wildflowers in their spectacular landscapes that she and her family have visited during their many summer hikes into the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. Her husband, Joe, packs the heavy Nikcon D90 camera and is the principle photographer.