June 21 - 6th Annual Chapter Celebration - PUBLIC IS WELCOME

Silent auction item - Dudleya stolonifera pot

Join us at the Duck Club in Irvine.  See directions HERE.

  • 5:30 Bird Walk in the Duck Ponds with Rich Schilk.  Bring your binoculars or just stroll with the group.
  • 5:30 Bring your donated items for the silent auction or raffle.  Questions?  Contact Kathy Glendinning.
  • 5:30 Help with setup welcome.  Contact Laura Camp.
  • 6:30 Silent Auction commences, Raffle ticket purchase and item selection. (See photo-right of Dudleya stolonifera pot - only one of our great Silent Auction items!)
  • 6:30 Light appetizers served.
  • 6:30 Slideshow of Chapter activities for 2011-2012.
  • 7:30 Main Program.

"California Native Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide" - Talk and Book Signing!

Speaker: Helen Popper

Helen Popper

Welcome author Helen Popper to Orange County. She will speak to us about native gardening throughout the year, showing gorgeous images from her new book and providing a taste of her book by talking about June and July garden chores, and answering any questions you may have. Helen is a delightful speaker and avid gardener from the Bay area who has collected some of the most useful, practical, and inspiring information from years of association with natives experts (including CNPS members!) and has put it all together for us in a most digestible form. She says of herself, “I'm merely an amateur—I hope in the best sense of the word but an amateur nonetheless. That may not be the best publicity, but it does mean that I bring a rough & ready realism to the endeavor.”

We will have books on hand for sale and Helen has kindly agreed to sign copies purchased that night!

Book information: 

Helen Popper provides detailed, calendar based information for both beginning and experienced native gardeners. Each month’s chapter lists gardening tasks, including repeated tasks and those specific to each season. Popper offers planting and design ideas, and explains core gardening techniques such as pruning, mulching, and propagating. She tells how to use native plants in traditional garden styles, including Japanese, herb, and formal gardens, and recommends places for viewing natives. An essential year round companion, this beautifully written and illustrated book nurtures the twin delights of seeing wild plants in the garden and garden plants in the wild


California Native Gardening“For anyone interested in gardening, this book is a delightful read. For anyone interested in gardening with California native plants, this book is a must-read. Helen Popper clearly lays out the tasks required to ensure maximum success with growing, propagating, and maintaining a garden in rhythm with the seasons. This book will definitely be included in my reference library."

- Scott Soden, Artscapes Landscape Design

“Helen Popper has created a lovely resource for both experienced and novice native plant gardeners. The gorgeous photographs will inspire readers to see the natural beauty of natives and challenge us to use them in many garden traditions, from a cottage garden to a Japanese garden.”

- Leslie Gray, Executive Director, Environmental Studies Institute, Santa Clara University