Both members and visitors are welcome at our regular meetings, held at Eaton Canyon Nature Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month except July, August, November, and December. The meetings are preceded from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. by social time and informal plant identification.
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 07:30 p.m.: Climate reality: regeneration of the landscape, with Shawn Maestretti: This is a presentation inspired by the synthesis of garden design, inspiration from nature and incorporating natural processes. The presentation weaves together the importance of regenerative garden practices, the beauty of climate-appropriate plants, and hands-on tips for garden enthusiasts who want to deepen their connection to the soil, to nature, and their gardens. One solution is to imagine and develop resilient gardens where humans and nature can grow and evolve together in a symbiotic relationship.
Shawn Maestretti, the principal of Shawn Maestretti Garden Architecture (SMGA), has been creating green spaces and lush, waterwise gardens since 2006. Shawn is a licensed landscape architect, contractor, and certified arborist who is dedicated to designing regenerative gardens and sharing his love and knowledge of plants best-suited for our Mediterranean climate. He teaches regularly at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants. He works with youth groups connecting children and young adults to nature, as well as organizing events for landscape professionals and the public.
Coulter pine seedling Thursday, February 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m.: Plant Propagation 101, with Su and Hank Kraus of Moosa Creek Nursery: This talk focuses on plant propagation techniques used at Moosa Creek Nursery: the pitfalls, solutions, joys, and frustrations of propagating native plants. Propagation methods to be covered include seed, vegetative cuttings, and divisions. There will be tips on seed cleaning, treatments, etc.
Hank and Su Kraus are founders and owners of Moosa Creek Nursery. They have guided the expansion of the nursery from its inception to its position today as one of Southern California’s prime native nurseries. Together with their team, they grow over 400 species and varieties of California native plants. They oversee the propagation of native plants for large scale restoration contracts as well as growing selections designed for the Southern California home gardener.
Hank and Su are long-time members of the San Diego chapter of CNPS and the Western Region of IPPS (International Plant Propagators Society). Hank is a member of the Southern California Working Group on Phytophthera.
Both Hank and Su had a background in business before their passion for growing native plants overtook them!
Past programs of our chapter: See the Past Activities page.
California Native Plant Week: California Native Plant Week is the third week of April. See the CNPS state web site for details.
Email notification: If you wish to be notified by email of upcoming field trips, please click here to subscribe to our email list.
Leaders: Each outing has one or more appointed leaders. It is not necessary to contact the leader beforehand in order to participate. All you need to do is turn up for the event.
Plant walks are held on the second Sunday of each month except July and August.
Meet inside Eaton Canyon Nature Center on the back patio at 9:00 a.m. Then go on a leisurely walk, about 2 hours, through the native plant garden that surronds the Center and into the nearby wild areas. The walk is different each time — what's leafing out, flowering, in seed, etc., determines what your leade will talk about — and different leaders bring drifferent points of view.
Eaton Canyon Nature Center Current plant walks:
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 09:00
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 09:00
Sunday, January 13, 2019, 09:00
Sunday, February 10, 2019, 09:00
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 09:00
We sponsor outings on occasional dates throughout the year, usually on a Saturday. The walking ranges from easy, typically on wide fire roads, to moderately strenuous, such as on forest trails. If a convenient place is available nearby, we love to picnic afterward. Weather is unpredictable; snow, rain, fire and ice cancel.
Important note: The chapter does not advertise all field trips in the newsletter. Instead we have two levels of field trip, those with dates known well ahead to places expected to be good regardless of the season; and spur-of-the-moment trips organized with 1 to 2 weeks of notice, based on seasonal conditions and notified via this web site, email, and Facebook. This gives us more flexibility in finding wildflowers in bloom or fall color at its peak.
Past outings/field trips of our chapter: See the Past Events page.
None currently listed here: You may find relevant items on the state CNPS web site.
Our chapter becomes involved in projects from time to time. Some recent projects include:
Lily Spring Area Survey: Click here for the Lily Spring Area Survey page.
Next board meeting: See the Our Chapter page. Everyone is welcome.
Our Annual Plant Sale
Held in early November, typically the first Saturday, at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. See the Plant sale page for details.
Sunland Welcome Nature Garden Volunteer opportunity: Sunland Welcome Nature Garden: The Sunland Welcome Nature Garden, a volunteer native plant garden on Sunland Boulevard at the 210 freeway, is a showcase of local native plants. Stop in and smell the flowers, visit the garden's Facebook page, or contact the garden's instigator Roger Klemm at email@example.com for more information or to join in the next workday.
Southern California Botanists: See their Field Trips and events page (click here.)
Natural Sciences Section of Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, 2015 outings: For their current schedule, please see their web site (click here.)