What we're about

Our Meetup is for California native plant enthusiasts of all skill levels who are passionate about our State's amazing variety of flora. Since 1965, our chapter has been educating, conserving, and advocating for California's native plants.

We are involved in many different activities that bring like-minded folks together, are family friendly, and allow you to engage, advocate, and volunteer at various capacities:

• Monthly chapter meetings with speakers

• Annual fall plant sale & art market

• Annual Gardens Gone Native garden tour

• Our very own native plant nursery

• Habitat restoration

• Organized hikes

• Engagement at local festivals & events

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If you have a passion for the environment, love native plants, want to learn more about plants, or want to help advocate for California native plant conservation, we have a place for you here at any level that you are able to engage.

Welcome again and we look forward to meeting you soon!

Upcoming events (5+)

Nursery Wednesday Workdays

Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery

The mission of Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery is to promote awareness of the benefits of native plant habitat, encourage community involvement, and provide a source of local native plants for restoration projects as well as gardeners. Join us for propagation work on Wednesdays and help pot up seedlings and learn various propagating techniques under the excellent direction of Robin Rietz, Propagation Manager. We treat volunteers to Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches (you're also welcome to bring your own lunch)! We also work in our demonstration gardens on Wednesdays. These are small sized landscapes that show others how to effectively use native plants in their own landscape. We need the help of community volunteers to maintain them. Please bring gloves and water. Tools and snacks will be provided. Yes, we sell plants during our workdays as time allows between 10:00 and 12:00. If you come to buy plants you are welcome to join our workday :-) We are a growing operation as well as a nursery. We collect seeds and cuttings on our Friday Walks from native plants along the American River Parkway. Then we propagate them at the Nursery.

First American River Parkway Clean Up Day for 2019!

River Bend Park

Happy New Year, River Lovers! This is your friendly neighborhood river steward, coming out of hibernation to announce that I have set a date for the first cleanup of the year! Meeting place: River Bend Park picnic tables, near the bathroom. Our river section is River Mile 13S. In my experience, there is usually a warm spell in mid- to late February, so I'm hoping we get a nice day for a cleanup between rain storms. I'll cancel in the event of rain. You don't need much to participate: just sturdy shoes, gloves if you want them, and your New Year's resolution to get outdoors more! ;) I'll provide the garbage bags. Bring your snacks and water, your kids, your dog on a leash, your plant ID books ... whatever will make the experience enjoyable for you. This portion of the river has been pretty clean on my last few visits, but I'm hoping the winter rains will flush out some trash that we then can remove from the Parkway. Please RSVP so I have a head count! I will send out 2019 parking passes as soon as I have them. Looking forward to seeing you on the Parkway! Heather

Nursery Wednesday Workdays

Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery

The mission of Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery is to promote awareness of the benefits of native plant habitat, encourage community involvement, and provide a source of local native plants for restoration projects as well as gardeners. Join us for propagation work on Wednesdays and help pot up seedlings and learn various propagating techniques under the excellent direction of Robin Rietz, Propagation Manager. We treat volunteers to Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches (you're also welcome to bring your own lunch)! We also work in our demonstration gardens on Wednesdays. These are small sized landscapes that show others how to effectively use native plants in their own landscape. We need the help of community volunteers to maintain them. Please bring gloves and water. Tools and snacks will be provided. Yes, we sell plants during our workdays as time allows between 10:00 and 12:00. If you come to buy plants you are welcome to join our workday :-) We are a growing operation as well as a nursery. We collect seeds and cuttings on our Friday Walks from native plants along the American River Parkway. Then we propagate them at the Nursery.

Nursery Wednesday Workdays

Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery

The mission of Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery is to promote awareness of the benefits of native plant habitat, encourage community involvement, and provide a source of local native plants for restoration projects as well as gardeners. Join us for propagation work on Wednesdays and help pot up seedlings and learn various propagating techniques under the excellent direction of Robin Rietz, Propagation Manager. We treat volunteers to Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches (you're also welcome to bring your own lunch)! We also work in our demonstration gardens on Wednesdays. These are small sized landscapes that show others how to effectively use native plants in their own landscape. We need the help of community volunteers to maintain them. Please bring gloves and water. Tools and snacks will be provided. Yes, we sell plants during our workdays as time allows between 10:00 and 12:00. If you come to buy plants you are welcome to join our workday :-) We are a growing operation as well as a nursery. We collect seeds and cuttings on our Friday Walks from native plants along the American River Parkway. Then we propagate them at the Nursery.

Past events (62)

Change to Monthly Chapter Meeting - Propagation & Production of CA Native Plants

Shepard Garden & Arts Center (in the McKinley Park panhandle)

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