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.
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.
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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, February 10, 2019, 09:00
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 09:00
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 09:00
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 09:00
Sunday, June 9, 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.
The garden in winter Saturday, February 16, 2019, 09:00 - 11:00 a.m.: Case study garden visit: Follow one native plant garden through the year - a chapter member's native garden in winter: Leader: Gabi McLean. This field trip is for the native plant garden enthusiast, current or future, an opportunity to see a 19-year old native plant garden. The garden is that of Gabi and Cliff McLean. They will share the history and maintenance of this small, suburban, native plant garden, front and back, including the new creation of a swale in the front. An annotated plant list will be provided.
Because of the restricted space, attendance will be limited to about 20 people. If you wish to attend, please RSVP by sending an email to Gabi at gabi (dot) mclean (at) verison (dot) net. She will send you the address and directions to the house.
This occasion provides a practical illustration of the joys and challenges of developing a native plant garden in the San Gabriel Valley, with special focus on the tasks of the current season. Part two of the series is planned for May when many plants are at their peak flowering time. Part three, the final of the series, is planned for September/October when some plants are still dormant due to the summer drought, a good time for pruning and planning for the next plant sale.
This is a great way to get practical information from an experienced native plant gardener.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.)