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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 (5)

Members’ Night Slide Show: Plant Adventures in a Pandemic

In this annual tradition, Chapter members share photos of notable plants and places they have visited in 2020. 2020 was a unique year -- the pandemic and travel restrictions made our wildflower forays more challenging and precious. Whether you captured a spring wildflower display or photographed native plants in your favorite spots later on in the year, please consider showing your images and/or stories with others at this fun event. Even if you don’t have any photos to share, join us for a midwinter celebration of the beauty and tenacity of native plants and their habitats. THIS YEAR WE ARE MEETING VIRTUALLY ON ZOOM. If you’d like to display your photos, please sign up for a slot by Tuesday, January 19 at bit.ly/MembersNight2021. How to attend: Via Zoom (preregistration required). The Zoom link takes you to a meeting registration form at Zoom’s website. CNPS General Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Madeline Morrow at [masked] or the Chapter phone at (650)[masked]

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. We follow City of San Jose guidelines for volunteering during the pandemic: face covering, social distancing, no tool sharing. Bring your own bucket and a weeding mattock (and knee pad, if you prefer that). Wear a face covering, hat, gloves, sturdy garden shoes. Bring plenty of fluids and hydrate often. We start with a 10-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/2020/05/2020-volunteer-status-and-waiver-of-liability.pdf 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". 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.

Maintaining Your Native Plant Garden, a Panel Talk

Online event

Winter is a time of renewal for native plant gardens. As we hope for winter rain, we are also on the alert for the weeds they bring while taking advantage of the cooler temperatures and moisture to plant, prune, and take care of other important gardening tasks. Stephanie Morris, Lior Dahan, Patricia Evans and Madeline Morrow will share their winter garden maintenance routines. Bring your questions and any ideas you may want to share with others during a group discussion, and get your garden ready for spring! Stephanie Morris is a landscape architect focused on creating designs that respond to ecology, aesthetics, and functionality with emphasis on native plants, healthy soil, water-conservation, and environmentally-conscious materials. Lior Dahan has a degree in environmental horticulture and owns Rhythmic Gardening, an ecological garden maintenance company with a focus on working with nature to heal soil, grow healthy plants, and appreciate the wildlife in our gardens. Patricia Evans, owner of Natural Landscape Design, specializes in native plants and sustainable landscaping. Madeline Morrow is a past President of our CNPS Chapter and current board member. Her garden was featured in Bay Nature magazine in March 2013 and has been on the Going Native Garden Tour for many years. Join on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/CNPSSantaClaraValley or Zoom (requires advance registration) https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqdOihrzstH9AF3Usy_F3FmWlEjIfen0fu

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. We follow City of San Jose guidelines for volunteering during the pandemic: face covering, social distancing, no tool sharing. Bring your own bucket and a weeding mattock (and knee pad, if you prefer that). Wear a face covering, hat, gloves, sturdy garden shoes. Bring plenty of fluids and hydrate often. We start with a 10-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/2020/05/2020-volunteer-status-and-waiver-of-liability.pdf 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". 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.

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Habitat Restoration @ Lake Cunningham

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