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This is a group 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. I hope you will 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://support.cnps.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=360

Upcoming events (5)

Going Native Garden Tour - Live Session #4

Online event

View three fabulous native plant gardens with talks and Q&A sessions by their owners and designers. It's a terrific opportunity to get ideas for your own garden and receive advice from experienced gardeners. 7:00 pm - 7:15 pm Introduction 7:15 pm - 7:45 pm Nancy McClenny, McClenny-Holmlund Garden in Palo Alto (#11) 7:45 pm - 8:15 pm Penny Pollock, Near Alum Rock Park (#70) 8:15 pm - 8:45 pm Stephanie Morris, Low Water Cottage Garden in Campbell (#50) Times are approximate. The live session will be available on Zoom and Youtube. The links to both sessions will be posted by 6:45 PM on Saturday, June 13th on the GNGT Home Page at https://gngt.org. The session will be recorded, so if you cannot attend the broadcast, you will be able to view it on Youtube at your convenience. You can view garden photos and videos on gngt.org at any time. The website has been updated with hundreds of photographs and dozens of videos. We encourage you to visit the gardens online at https://gngt.org/GNGT/Gardens.php?year=2020. The gardens with videos are all indicated with a camera icon.

Juggling Jewelflowers, a talk by Justen Whittall PhD

Online event

Join us for the latest Chapter announcements and a student presentation, and enjoy a program together! You may have spotted some of our beautiful jewelflowers on hikes recently - but which one is which? Dr. Justen Whittall will discuss the role of flower color in determining taxonomic boundaries, conservation status and restoration priorities for jewelflowers (Streptanthus sp.) on Coyote Ridge in south San Jose. He will provide updates on the “good news” of the reintroduced populations of the white-flowered Metcalf Canyon jewelflower (S. albidus ssp. albidus) atop Tulare Hill nearby. More recently, his team has turned their attention to the closely related, and comparably rare, pink-flowered most beautiful jewelflower (Streptanthus albidus ssp. peramoenus). They have been investigating the evolutionary and ecological distinctiveness of this controversial taxon. The consistent differences in sepal color and geography between the Metcalf Canyon and most beautiful jewelflowers support continued recognition of these rarities as distinct taxa. Developing a field-ready tool for reliable taxon identification based on sepal color is his team’s next challenge. Justen B. Whittall was born in Santa Clara; he grew up running trails in the south County and surfing Santa Cruz beaches. He received a BS from Santa Clara University, an MS from Oregon State and a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara in Plant Evolution (focusing on North American columbines). Justen has been an Associate Professor at Santa Clara University in Biology since 2007. He has expanded his research to include flower color evolution in arctic mustards (Parrya) and Mediterranean campions (Silene), plus conservation genetics and restoration ecology of Streptanthus and wallflowers (Erysimum). Justen is also the Editor-in-chief of Madroño, a peer-reviewed quarterly journal from the California Botanical Society. CNPS General Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chapter President Vivian Neou at [masked] or the Chapter phone at (650)[masked]. The event will be broadcast on Zoom and live streamed on YouTube. To join on YouTube, go to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpqpu65F9GNXdqBoN4hIptQ Please RSVP to see the Zoom information about joining this event.

Nursery Workday

CNPS SCV Chapter Nursery at Hidden Villa

Come help propagate and maintain plants for our next plant sale or help with the maintenance of our demo garden. Bring liquids and your lunch if you like. A sunhat may be useful if it is sunny. Gloves and tools will be provided at the nursery. Knowledge of plants is not necessary; your willingness to help is all that's required. Please RSVP if this is your first time. Experienced volunteers do not need to RSVP. Drop-ins welcome -- it's not necessary to be there for the entire workday. For more information, contact Vivian Neou at [masked] . Directions: The CNPS Nursery is located at Hidden Villa on Moody Road west of Foothill College. From Hwy. 280 in Los Altos Hills, take the Moody Road exit and head west. Two miles west of Foothill College, look for the Hidden Villa sign and driveway on the left. Proceed over the bridge and park in the Dana Center parking lot to your right. The Nursery is at the greenhouse just beyond the Dana Center. Parking is free for Nursery volunteers.

Lake Cunningham Native Garden Workday

Lake Cunningham Native Garden

Join fellow outdoors and nature lovers and make new friends as we remove invasive plants and establish native plant habitat in Lake Cunningham Park, San Jose, **Saturdays, 9am-noon**. Enjoy working outdoors with a view of the lake, plenty of birds and wildlife, and crisp fall weather. The native garden attracts many birds because of its many native plants. Some workdays are rescheduled or canceled. If you are planning to come, always RSVP to confirm. First timers should follow directions below else they will get lost (it is a 200-acre park): https://lakecunninghamnativegarden.org/directions/ Please fill out and bring one of the forms at: https://lakecunninghamnativegarden.org/forms/

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