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.
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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!”