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Orange County Celebrates California Native Plant Week!

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The inaugural California Native Plant Week ("CNPW") is being held the third week of April - April 16-24, 2011.  The events listed below have been scheduled in Orange County.  If your organization is sponsoring an event and you'd like to be included here, please contact OC CNPW Coordinator Nancy Heuler at  Please check this site for more information about California Native Plant Week and for a list of statewide events.


  • Bouquets to State Legislators - Can you take a bouquet of native plants to your legislator's local office during CNPW? The bouquets are to thank them for approving Resolution ACR 173, and to help make our legislators more aware of CNPS and our chapter. The bouquet can be as simple as a few sprigs of wildflowers and blooming plants from your own native garden (not wild-picked). Contact Nancy Heuler at the above email to coordinate efforts and for suggestions on simple information to accompany your flowers. Thanks to Celia Kutcher who has already delivered flowers to the offices of south county legislators Harkey, Miller, Walters & Wyland.  County and city officials would also be good candidates for this outreach effort.
  • Saturday & Sunday, April 16-17, 2011 - Green Scene, Cal State Fullerton Arboretum, Orange County CNPS will be selling plants and dispensing native plant information at booth #5.
  • Numerous events are being held DAILY at Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano throughout the week in celebration of California Native Plant Week.  Please see their website for further details.
  • Sunday, April 17, 2011, 10am - 3pm - Earth Day Celebration at Panhe, San Mateo State Park Campground, Cristianitos Road, San Clemente.  Orange County CNPS will have an information booth. Click here for a PDF with additional information
  • Sunday, April 17, 2011, 10-11:30am, $5 fee - Habitat Gardening for Birds and Butterflies, Santiago Creek Nature Center, Santa Ana - visit Backto Natives website for registration information under "New Public Programs in Santa Ana" section.  Join Reginald Durant from Back to Natives to learn about creating habitat for birds and butterflies in your yard. Landscaping with natives conserves water – an increasingly scarce natural resource – and saves money. Using natives eliminates the need for pesticides, which harm beneficial insects and other animals, and reduces our exposure to toxic substances. Natives also require less mowing, pruning and fertilizing. Learn which landscape quality locally native plants will attract birds and butterflies to your yard.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 3:30pm - 6:30pm, California Native Plant Week Celebration at GWC Native Plant Garden, Golden West College Native Garden, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach - Garden tour and poetry readings with refreshments
  • Thursday, April 21, 2011, 10am - 2pm, Saddleback College Earthweek Green Expo, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, between HS & BGS buildings.  Campus Map.  Orange County CNPS will have an information booth - with FREE CNPS backpack to new student members.
  • Thursday, April 21, 2011, 6:45pm - 9pm, Orange County CNPS monthly general meeting, Duck Club, 5 Riparian View Way, Irvine, CA 92612 - Speaker Laura Cunningham:  We invite you to explore Old California with artist and naturalist Laura Cunningham through this slide-show and book signing event. Cunningham has spent over two decades of biological, paleontological, and historical research bringing an all-but-forgotten world to life: California as it was before European contact. As we wander through these wondrous scenes of Old California we can understand the possibilities for both change and conservation in our present-day landscape.
  • Saturday, April 23, 2011, 9am, Field Trip to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park to see Allen's Daisy and other rarities.  Easy access.
  • Saturday, April 23, 2011, 10-11am, $10.75 fee - Learning through Natural Science Illustration: Spring Flowers, Santiago Creek Nature Center, Santa Ana - visit Back to Natives for more information under "For Kids!". Back to Natives presents this children’s nature art class, taught by Founder/Director of ArtPlantae, Tania Marien.  For 5-6 year olds.
  • Saturday, April 23, 2011, 12 - 1:30pm, $5 fee - Landscaping with Native Plants, Santiago Creek Nature Center, Santa Ana - visit Back to Natives for more information under "New Public Programs in Santa Ana" section.  Join Reginald Durant, Director of Restoration for Back to Natives Restoration, and learn how to make your landscape sustainable using locally native California plants. Native plants can be adapted to garden styles from around the world, while providing a healthy environment for wildlife and people here at home. Natives conserve water – an increasingly scarce natural resource. Using natives eliminates the need for pesticides, which harm beneficial insects and other animals, and reduces our exposure to toxic substances. Learn which landscape quality native plants will work best in your yard.
  • Sunday, April 24, 2011, 9am - 12pm - Habitat Restoration @ Jeronimo Creek - visit Back to Natives for more information.  Come assist Back to Natives in restoring habitat for animals at Jeronimo Creek in Mission Viejo! We meet once a month to monitor the habitat, remove weeds, and cast native seed. Bring gloves, sunscreen, a re-usable water bottle filled with water, hat, and closed toed shoes. An RSVP is




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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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