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California Native Plant Society - Orange County

Chapter Meeting: April 2015

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Fun with Mushrooms!

Speaker: Joanne Schwartz

Date: April 16, 2015 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)

Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)

Joanne SchwartzJoanne SchwartzExplore the fascinating world of wild mushrooms and other fungi with amateur mycologist Joanne Schwartz. We will learn about finding and identifying fungi in Southern California, as well as their place in nature. We will also consider growing and eating them and hear some fun tales of Fungal Folklore. Joanne will bring her collection of mushroom hunting gear and ID resources … and mushrooms too, if they are fruiting locally. 

Joanne Schwartz is an avid amateur mycologist, having studied fungi since the 1960s. She has collected and photographed fungi throughout the world and has participated in field studies recently in Peru and Bolivia as well as the Redwoods of coastal California.

Conservation Report: March/April 2015

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BANNING RANCH:  The California Coastal Commission is bringing an enforcement action against Banning Ranch’s landowners for unpermitted habitat destruction an oil field activity. The matter is expected to be heard at the Commission’s March 11-13 meeting in Chula Vista.

ACTION NOW: Especially if you live in Newport Beach or Costa Mesa, contact for the exact date, time, and location, and plan to attend. A large turnout will tell the Commissioners that the public doesn't want massive development on Banning Ranch.

1. Madrona Litigation:
Hills For Everyone's et al (which includes CNPS) opening brief was filed with OC Superior Court on Dec 22, 2014. Brea/Madrona's reply brief was issued Feb. 12; our reply to their reply is due March 16. Oral arguments are tentatively scheduled for July 10th; stay tuned to

2. Esperanza:
This project is in unincorporated land near Yorba Linda, so the County of Orange governs its land-use decisions. The OC Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the project on Jan. 14. The project is scheduled before the OC Board of Supervisors, March 10 at 9:30 AM. More info:


Garden Tour 2015

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California In My Garden

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10 AM – 4 PM

A self-guided tour of gardens in Orange County that showcase the beauty and adaptability of California’s water-saving native plants. Garden Tour Flyer

Presented by the Orange County chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

Tickets $10—Ticket can be purchased online (see button below) OR they can be purchased by sending a check and return address to OCCNPS, PO Box 54891, Irvine 92619-4891. Tour guidebook will be mailed through April 27. Directions will be emailed after that.


Native Gardener's Corner: March/April 2015

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Native Gardener’s Corner—Members’ 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.Answers listed in order received.

Our question for this Newsletter is:

“How do you control snails and slugs in your garden (and other chewing, slurping critters) or do you find the need?”

Ed Kimball - “I use decomposed granite for mulch and snails seem to avoid it.”

Nancy Harris - “Don't need to control as I think an opossum lives under our front deck and cleans up every night. Love the critters. Ducks will also eat snails, but they can be very messy if you get what I'm saying!”

Ron Vanderhoff - “I haven’t seen a snail or slug in years. I’m a big believer that where these fellows are a problem the garden is almost always being overwatered. I have a theory that water conservation and snail/slug counts have an inverse relationship.”

Laura Camp - “No snails or slugs in my garden since I planted natives and stopped watering!”


2015 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). Past trips are at the end:


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