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This group is for anyone interested in California native plants. We have activities for everyone -- whether you enjoy hiking, gardening, photography or in other ways learning about California native plants, this is the group for you. We have volunteer and restoration projects opportunities in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Please join us!

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and how to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture, and land stewardship. The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS covers Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo County. For more information about our organization visit www.cnps-scv.org (http://www.cnps-scv.org/). If you're not a current member of the California Native Plant Society, please consider joining: https://www.cnps.org/membership

Upcoming events (4+)

The Power of Native Plants, a talk by Juanita Salisbury

Los Altos Library

THIS TALK IS IN-PERSON. IT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ONLINE. Los Altos Library Orchard Room, 13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA

Let’s discuss how planting locally appropriate native plants can save water and provide abundant biological resources for the environment. We’ll cover key design elements and best practices for maximizing environmental resiliency. Most importantly, we’ll cover just how simple, accessible and fun it is to set nature in motion.

Juanita Salisbury is a landscape architect. She addresses all aspects of the landscape design: from grading and drainage issues, coordinating with engineers and architects, lighting design, and designing custom elements. Additionally, her native plant expertise allows her to design ecologically friendly, drought-tolerant plantings. Her native plant palettes create beautiful, productive and abundant habitats that enhance biodiversity.

Directions to the Los Altos Library: From Foothill Expy., travel 1⁄2 mile on San Antonio Rd. towards the Bay, cross Hillview and turn right into the driveway; library is on the left. From El Camino, travel towards the hills on San Antonio Rd., cross Edith and turn left into the unmarked driveway just before Hillview. The sign on San Antonio Rd. reads “Civic Center, Library and History Museum.” Enter through the lobby of the main entrance. The talk is in the Orchard Room.

Habitat Restoration @ Lake Cunningham

Lake Cunningham Native Garden

TIME: 8am
VENUE: Native Garden Parking Lot

Join us to restore habitat (weeding and mulching) in the Native Garden at Lake Cunningham Park, San Jose. During the summer months, we remove invasives throughout the park. Meeting place may change from one week to the next.

First timers: please follow directions in this meetup to get to the native garden. It is a very large park (200 acres) with two entrances. You want to head to the Google map pin for "Lake Cunningham Native Garden".

Wear a hat, gloves, and sturdy garden shoes. Bring plenty of fluids and hydrate often. We start with a 5-minute orientation, then walk to the site, so please be on time.

First-timers: Bring a signed waiver form available at https://lakecunninghamnativegarden.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/2021-volunteer-service-agreement-adoptapark-version.pdf

Workdays are sometimes rescheduled or canceled. Always RSVP to confirm, and check the latest updates Friday night. If you can't make it, please change your RSVP so we know and wait-listers get a chance.

Pollinator Restaurants & Building Community, a talk by Jennifer Dirking

Online event

Is your garden a ‘bar’ that only offers nectar to adult butterflies but no food for their offspring? Do the birds and bees visiting your garden have everything they need to raise the next generation? Learn how you can create a “Bee, Butterfly and Bird Restaurant” by growing the ‘keystone plants’ that feed your local ecosystem. In the process, you can:

  • Attract more bees, butterflies and birds to your garden
  • Boost your fruit and vegetable yields
  • Help save local species that are in decline
  • Engage with neighbors to build back habitat throughout your community

Join us for this lively discussion as we explore opportunities to boost biodiversity in our own gardens and simple ways we can educate and engage others.

Jennifer Dirking has been an organic gardener for over 40 years, but only recently transformed her garden from a food desert to a habitat oasis in her suburban San Carlos neighborhood. Inspired by Doug Tallamy’s book Nature’s Best Hope, she has reached beyond her garden fence to develop partnerships and inspire hundreds of others throughout the Bay Area to begin their own native gardening journey. Her simple tactics involving free wildflower seeds and promotion via social media provide a model for other individuals and organizations that want to reach further into their communities as well. Jennifer is our chapter's Wildflower Ambassador Program Chair.

This talk will be live streamed on Zoom (requires advance registration) and YouTube (registration NOT required).

Photo Group Meeting

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The CNPS SCV Photo Group meets via zoom on 4th Fridays, 7-8:50pm. In this supportive peer group, beginners and experts are equally welcome. Folks who just want to see pictures and hear photo tips are welcome too.

Register at the link below for the next meeting:
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a zoom link for the meeting.

If you have pictures to share, sign up for a slot. Share your pictures, techniques, and ideas from your desktop via zoom. Slots are 20 minutes each; plan your photos and discussions accordingly. Presenters receive a 1-minute-remaining alert. Signup for a slot at the link below:
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To participate in other Photography Group activities, join the email list:
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Past events (1,044)

Habitat Restoration @ Lake Cunningham

Lake Cunningham Native Garden

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