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California Native Plant Society - Orange County

Native Gardener's Corner: March/April 2016

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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.

The request for this edition of the newsletter is: This year is the 50th anniversary for CNPS and the 35th anniversary for the Orange County Chapter. Please share one interesting memory from your time as a member.

Celia Kutcher -“I saw the notice of the formation of an OC chapter of CNPS on a bulletin board in the Biology Department at Cal State Fullerton early in the 1978 spring semester. The first meeting I attended, a few weeks later, was held in the Horticulture Unit at Orange Coast College.  Perhaps a dozen attended.  A few of us are still chapter members.

Ron Vanderhoff - “Many years ago, before I was active in CNPS I visited Sarah Jayne's home garden during a OCCNPS garden tour. Her wonderful, soothing garden blended horticulture and California so perfectly that it made an indelible, lifelong impression on me. It wasn't until several years later that I came to know Sarah and her amazing legacy with CNPS. CNPS is not just plants, it is people. Sarah Jayne is a CNPS legend.”

Chuck Wright - “My memories of the OC-CNPS go back to when we met at the Irvine Ranch Water District facility on Sand Canyon. I was so impressed that I was joyfully greeted at the door each month by Dan Songster. I have continued to be amazed at the diversity of people who flock to the monthly meetings and how knowledgeable and help each and every person is.  A most unique tribe that volunteer at the state level, and at the same time gets their hands dirty right here in Orange County. A most amazing and diverse group of people that I am pleased to be associated with.”

Laura Camp - “For the last six years, it’s been my honor to serve on the board ofCNPS, with the last two as president. The experiences are many, varied, and too numerous to do justice to. CNPS board and Chapter Council meeting locales all over the state four times a year. I visited Quincy, Chico, Fort Bragg, Sacramento, Big Pine, Bakersfield, Yucca Valley, San Diego, San Carlos, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Berkeley, Claremont, Marin, with selfmandated detours to natural areas all over the state. An invaluable life-changing experience that I highly recommend to anyone. Hooray for one of the great floras of the world, California native plants!”


Conservation Report: March/April 2016

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See past Newsletters and the indicated websites for background on these lawsuits.

1.Esperanza: Settlement negotiations were held last summer but no agreement was reached. The petitioners (our side) filed their brief on Jan. 15. The defendants, Orange County and developer Esperanza Hills, filed theirs on Feb. 29. The trial is scheduled for April. Background:

2. Madrona: On Feb. 19, the landowner/developer filed an appeal of the Superior Court's overturning of the project approvals. The City of Brea did not choose to join the appeal. The trial is expected to be in 18 months or so. Background:

3. Orange Citizens: OCCNPS is part of an amicus curiae suit, which is awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision to review.

4. Banning Ranch: OCCNPS is part of an amicus curiae suit, which the Supreme Court has decided to review.

BANNING RANCH: The Coastal Commission hearing on the permit for development proposed for Banning Ranch has been re­scheduled to May; it will be in the LA/OC area. Stay tuned.



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

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Laguna Wilderness Press, July 2013

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Native Gardener's Corner: November/December 2015

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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 are listed in the order received.

Our question for this newsletter is: What are some of your favorite native plants in winter and why?

Nancy Harris - “One plant I always consider is Ribes viburnifolium (Catalina Perfume). It creates a lush forest atmosphere, needs little water, grows under oaks or other trees, but can take sun, has lots of berries, easy to prune if needed and is evergreen unlike other Ribes.”

Terry LePage - “Giant Coreopsis. (Leptosyne gigantea) It grows so fast (when it finally wakes up after looking dead for six months) I think you can see it grow by the day. It looks so cheery.”

Ron Vanderhoff - “Many of the Ribes, gooseberries and currents are very early blooming and for me they signify the beginning of the native plant season. The similar looking and similar growing Ribes malvaceum and sanguineum are very popular. I grow our locally native fuchsia-flowered gooseberry, Ribes speciousum as an espalier and love it's golden-tan branches and spines all summer, followed by an incredible winter flower display that hummingbirds cannot resist.”

Leon Baginski - “Ceanothus. Blooms early and strong and leaves look their best with cool nights and winter rains.”

Alan Lindsay - "Winter? What's winter—I don't remember the last winter in Orange County thus making my choice difficult. The only one I can think of is the Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) because of its red berries around Christmas. They not only are attractive but they attract birds. The one in my landscape is the island form, H. arbutifolia varmarcocarpus from Tree of Life Nursery.”


Resources from At Home With Natives 2012

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Shared presentations, materials, and links from the symposium: 
Ecotone Studios landscape architecture and urban design
Orchid Black presentation “Green Native Gardens and Water!”
Ron Vanderhoff presentation “Color with Natives in the ‘Off’ Seasons”
Barbara Eisenstein presentation “Caring for a California Native Plant Garden”

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2016 Charlie O’Neill Grant is Awarded!

We are happy to report that Shannon Lynch, graduate student from UC Santa Cruz, has been selected to receive our full $1000 O'Neill Grant to work on Fusarium infections in native trees of Orange County.

It is hoped her work will help advance basic research on the threat of Fusarium dieback (caused in part by the notorious Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer) to the riparian and oak woodland habitats throughout Southern California.

Also, Thanks to our Chapter’s esteemed review committee: Bob Allen, Jutta Burger, Celia Kutcher, Fred Roberts, and Ron Vanderhoff in helping guide the grant process.



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