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California Native Plant Society - Orange County

Chapter Meeting: October 2014

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Urban Wilderness To Food Forest: Growing the Natural History Museum’s Nature Gardens

Speakers: Carol Bornstein

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)

Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)

The vibrant new Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened to the public after several years of planning, design, demolition, and planting. Asphalt parking lots and tired, water-thirsty lawns have been transformed into 3.5 acres of habitat for urban wildlife. And just a few months ago the last section of the Nature Gardens was opened– an all-native pollinator garden! Join us as Carol Bornstein, the gardens' director illustrates this wonderful transformation with emphasis on the great number of well placed and imaginatively used native plants. She will also describe some of the many animals that are now visiting the site as well as the varied education and research programs now possible on the museum's grounds, right in the heart of Los Angeles.

Carol Bornstein joined the museum in December, 2011 as Director of the Nature Gardens. She has championed the landscape value of California's native plants and the benefits of designing gardens in harmony with nature for decades and oversees the long-term care and development of this newly created, 3.5-acre landscape. During her 28-year tenure at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, she oversaw display development, curation, and maintenance of the garden’s living collections as well as management of two onsite nurseries and the plant introduction program. She is co-author of California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining the California Lawn. She received her B.S. in Botany at the University of Michigan and her M.S. in Horticulture at Michigan State University.

Conservation Report: September/October 2014

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The Irvine Co. wants to donate several key properties to the OC Parks system, rather than develop them. Two are in the East Anaheim Hills near the 91--‐241 junction, adjacent to Chino Hills State Park's Coal Canyon unit and to Gypsum Canyon. The other three are east of Orange; the largest of these is immediately east of Irvine Lake, the others are across from Limestone Canyon and west of the old Santiago Hills landfill. See the OC Register, 8/12/2014, for details and a map, and 8/22/2014 for follow--‐up on what the OC Board of Supervisors will consider before accepting this offer.

The Irvine Company has no obligation to give this land, all of which has been approved to be developed to a total 5,500 houses. This decision is one of the most significant conservation actions to occur since the signing of the Central/Coastal NCCP and designation of adjacent Conservation Easements.

ACTION NOW! Contact your OC Supervisor (districts’ info at and tell him or her that OC MUST accept this offer, that the lands being offered are of tremendous environmental value, that together they represent some of the best previously unprotected undeveloped land left in OC.


Native Gardener's Corner: September/October 2014

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Native Gardener’s Corner - Member’s Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

This column is a regular newsletter feature offering chapter members and local experts a chance to briefly share information on many things related to gardening with natives.

Our question for this newsletter is “With fall here, what changes are you planning for your native garden this coming year?”

Answers listed in order received.

Brad Jenkins - “After years as a native plant test area, the whole yard is getting a structured redo. My plant desires and a landscape architect’s design are creating a garden to benefit nature, have low water use, AND be aesthetically pleasing to the neighborhood association. There will be a narrow strip of entry turf for my wife, some edibles for me, a little patio for entertaining, low garden walls for organization, and lots of Southern California natives atvarying heights with flowers during every season.”

Ron Vanderhoff - “I already have a few Manzanita’s in my garden and of course I love them. However, I have a rare African bicolored version Coral Tree (Erythrina coralloides ‘Bicolor’) as well, and as much as I enjoy the odd twocolored flowers, it has to go. Fortunately, I’ve reserved a large Manzanita ‘Dr. Hurd’ from a grower up in Central California and it will be my next addition. Been looking for one for a couple of years can’t wait.”

Celia Kutcher - “I will be replacing a couple of my coastal sage scrub species that have died of old age, and IF there's reasonable rain I’ll sow annual wildflowers for spring color.”


2014 Field Trips

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Almost all field trips are free and open to all, but read the trip outlines to be sure they fit your needs and physical abilities. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, appropriate trail shoes, a camera, a notepad and lots of enthusiasm. A copy of the recently published Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mts. by Robert Allen and Fred Roberts is also very helpful. If you have other field trip suggestions or would like to lead or assist with a field trip, we would love to hear from you. Please email

Important – always check this website for current trip information.

Rain cancels – check this website after 7 pm the evening before the trip for final weather and trip updates.

   Upcoming trips (click on a trip to expand entry and see details):


Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains

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Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains
Robert L. Allen and Fred M. Roberts, Jr

Paperback, 500 pages

Laguna Wilderness Press, July 2013

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