• Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve (Cupertino)

    Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve

    Join co-leaders Joe Cernac and Kate Gudmundson for an easy hike through foothill oak and shrub. Thanks to this month’s added warmth, we expect to see many spring bloomers. We expect a 4-mile mile round trip with 600 ft elevation climb back to the trailhead. Bring lunch and liquids. For more information, contact Joe at (408)[masked] or [masked]. Directions: From I-280, exit at Foothill Blvd., proceed south on S. Foothill Blvd. continuing on Stevens Cyn. Rd. once the foothills are reached. Turn right onto Montebello Rd., take first left into Picchetti Ranch Winery and OSP. The driveway will split; take the right driveway to the OSP parking lot. We will meet at the parking lot at 10am.

  • Keying with Natives

    Peninsula Conservation Center

    Join us as we learn and practice methods of identifying the native plants of our region (aka keying). We use the current edition of The Jepson Manual, of which there will be copies to share. Bring your own copy and a hand lens and plant samples if you have them. Microscopes are also available. We meet at the Peninsula Conservation Center (PCC), 3921 E. Bayshore Road in Palo Alto. For more information, please contact Joe Cernac at [masked] or (408)[masked]. Directions to the PCC: From Hwy. 101 take the San Antonio Rd. exit and head north. Take your next left onto East Bayshore, which will curve left then right. Take your next right onto Corporation Way. Your next left is the entrance to the PCC parking lot. The meeting rooms are on the first floor.

  • 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, Sundays March-April, back to Saturdays May onwards, 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/

  • 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. 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.

  • Native Lawn Replacements a talk by Jodie Sheffield

    Campbell Library

    Learn about the variety of native lawns that are available and which can save you water. See photos of many installations that illustrate how these meadow-like sods create beautiful and natural spaces. Hear how to manage these water-wise plants and establish your native sod to give it the best start possible. Understand the best management options for mowing and caring for these sturdy native grasses. Jodie Sheffield is a Seed Specialist in charge of Research and Development for Delta Bluegrass Company located in Stockton. With over 25 years of experience in the turf grass Industry, Jodie has worked with plant breeders, seed producers and research facilities throughout California and the Pacific Northwest developing premium, quality turf grass sod.

  • Creating a Bee-Friendly Native Garden a talk by John Kehoe

    Redwood City Public Library

    We all know about the European honeybee, but what about the native bees that live here in the Santa Clara Valley? These local insects help pollinate your ornamental and edible plants, too! Once you know what to look for, you’ll learn to recognize over a dozen bee species that live in our urban setting ̶ especially among locally-growing native plants. Find out how planting even a few select natives can enrich your garden and attract even more bees. John Kehoe is a longtime member of CNPS as well as The Xerces Society. He is passionate about the natural world and is a regular volunteer at Ulistac Natural Area, as well as at various CNPS functions. His research interests include studying native bees and their relationships with native plants. He shares these interests by way of his photography on Flickr, CalPhotos and Bumble Bee Watch.

  • Wildflower Show

    West Valley College

    Please join the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society at West Valley College on Saturday, April 27th from 9:30 AM to 4 PM for our 45th Wildflower Show. This educational event is free and open to the public, and fun for the entire family. Let us bring the superbloom to you. This year, our theme is Citizen Science. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn how you can be a Citizen Scientist -- from macrophotography with your cell phone to tracking the spread of Sudden Oak Death to making your own observations with the iNaturalist app, there should be something for everyone! The show will feature hundreds of species of wildflowers and native plants from Santa Clara, San Mateo and surrounding counties. In addition to local plants, we will have a section featuring flowers from native plant gardens in our Chapter. Experts will be on site to describe different samples and answer questions. We have an great lineup of talks scheduled during the show: 10:30 - 11:30 Sudden Oak Death Blitz Matteo Garbelotto, Head of the UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory 11:45-12:45 iNaturalist from a Botanical Perspective Ken-ichi Ueda, co-founder and current co-director of iNaturalist 1:00 - 2:30 Wildflowers and Nature Journaling: A Match Made in Heaven Marley Alexander Peifer, Naturalist, Educator and Artist 2:30 - 3:30 Restoring Nature's Relationships, a video lecture by Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home The Wildflower Show is sponsored by the California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter and West Valley College. For more information: www.cnps-scv.org email: [masked] or call:[masked]

  • 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, Sundays March-April, back to Saturdays May onwards, 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/

  • 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. 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.

  • Going Native Garden Tour - South

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    This posting is for information only. Registration is required at http://www.gngt.org. Are you interested in gardens that are waterwise, low maintenance and attractive to humans as well as birds and butterflies? Learn more at Santa Clara Valley's annual Going Native Garden Tour on Sat-Sun, May 4-5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a free, self-guided tour of home gardens landscaped with California native plants. Gardens in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, and San Mateo are open on Saturday. Gardens in San Jose, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, and Gilroy/Morgan Hill are open on Sunday. The tour offers a variety of gardens for viewing - from townhomes to 1-acre lots, from newly planted gardens to established ones. You won’t have to go far to see one: the gardens are located throughout the Santa Clara Valley and the Peninsula. Visit as many gardens as you like - for inspiration, ideas, and pictures. Native plants will be available for purchase at select gardens. Many gardens will feature talks on native plant gardening. What’s special about California native plants? They are adapted to our soil and climate and are easy to care for. Many of our native plants are naturally waterwise and drought tolerant. They support a wide variety of wildlife that has co-evolved with them, and their distinctive look and elegant beauty gives your garden a sense of place that is uniquely Californian. The self-guided tour is open to all. Admission is free but donations to support the Tour can be made at any garden. Registration is required at http://www.gngt.org. For more information, visit http://www.gngt.org or email [masked].