Speakers: Jutta Burger and Ron Vanderhoff
Date: January 19, 2017 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)
Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)
Santa Maria feverfew, Australian fireweed, Canary Island St. John's Wort and Bitou bush are not new exotic drinks at Starbucks, but some of the newest and most destructive weeds from around the world, and they have now arrived in Orange County and threaten our native plants.
We know that other than development, the greatest threat to our local native plant communities is invasive plant species shouldering their way into our native ecosystems. What can be done to stop the spread of these wildland bullies? OC CNPS is hard at work coordinating the detection and eradication of these aggressive new "emergent invasives".
Invasive Plant Committee Co-chairs Jutta Burger and Rob Vanderhoff will share weedy stories, highlight successes, and acknowledge local heroes in an entertaining and informative presentation so that we can keep Orange County wild. Illustrated and colorful invasive Plant Profile packets will be distributed to all attendees.
Dr. Jutta Burger is Managing Director and head of Science and Stewardship at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. She has over twelve years of experience working on conservation issues in Southern California Mediterranean ecosystems that she applies to regional collaboration, planning, and leadership. She also maintains research associate positions at both UC Riverside and UC Irvine and is currently serving as President of the California Invasive Plant Council and as a director of the Orange County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.
Ron Vanderhoff is a local native plant expert. With Jutta, he is co-chair of the OC CNPS Emergent Invasive Plant Program, is currently reviewing candidate species for the CA Invasive Plant Council, is a participant in the PlantRight program and is the principal OC CNPS contact for new invasive reports and plant status data. He is a member of our chapter's Board of Directors and the chair of the chapter's field trip program.
CNPS & CLIMATE CHANGE: Debate on why and how CNPS should work on climate change issues has been flowing for many weeks among the CNPS Conservation Committee members. The debate intensified when we became faced with the incoming anti-enviro federal government.
It may seem a no--‐brainer: CNPS works to protect and enhance native plants and the habitats they form, and those plants and habitats are and will be affected by ongoing climate change, so of course CNPS works on climate change issues. But the particulars of climate change’s effects on native plants in relation to CNPS’ existing policies and practices has led to profound discussion of those policies and practices and the philosophy behind them.
Native Gardeners’ 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. The question for this newsletter is: “What is the best garden-related gift you have ever received?”
Sima Bernstein-“The best gift was a banner with the following: GARDENING IS THE SLOWEST OF THE PERFORMING ARTS.”
Jackie Brodsky-“For me (74), the best gift ever was "labor". My grandson dug the holes and I planted each plant with TLC. Bazinga!”
Orchid Black-“Best gift ever: a British-made poacher's spade. I never use a bigger shovel anymore. If I were a new gardener, I would want a pair of Felco pruners.”