California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Our chapter


The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of a4mateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. The Society seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to all. Our members have diverse interests including natural history, botany, ecology, conservation, photography, drawing, hiking, and gardening

We are one of more than 30 CNPS chapters spread throughout California. Most CNPS activities are organized at the chapter level where the various interests of individual members can be served, and where there are opportunities for individuals to be involved to the degree that suits them best. The activities of our chapter include:

  • speakers with audio-visual presentations most months of the year
  • field trips in the area
  • plant sales
  • educational outreach
  • conservation projects

There are approximately 9,000 CNPS members in the state. There are approximately 250 members in our chapter.


We have a program meeting, each with a speaker, usually an audio-visual presentation, on the fourth Thursday of each month except July, August, November, and December. The meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., and are preceded by a social gathering at 7:00 p.m., usually including plant identification examples. We meet at:

Eaton Canyon Nature Center
1750 N. Altadena Drive
Pasadena, CA

For a list of forthcoming programs, see the Events and News page.

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Eaton Canyon Plant Walks are held on the second Sunday of each month beginning at 9 a.m., except during July and August.

This is an excellent way to learn the local flora and to begin understanding basic botany. Leaders are helpful and knowledgeable and very willing to answer your questions.

For details of forthcoming Plant Walks, see the Events and News page.

We also hold occasional field trips to places of interest in the area.

For details of forthcoming field trips, see the Events and News page.

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Our Chapter newsletter The Paintbrush is published four times each year. We always welcome contributions to the newsletter. Click here for the Newsletter Archive Page.

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Our annual plant sale is the chapter's primary fund raiser, and is held on a Saturday in November.

For details, see the Plant Sale page.

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Outreach opportunities:

As a result of the increased awareness of the value of native plants, we are being asked to have a presence at many community and educational events.  We are in need of volunteers to staff tables at these events.  The primary requirement of the volunteers is enthusiasm.  Expertise in native plants is not required.  Display signs and brochures are provided.  If there is a question you cannot address, you can encourage the person to attend our next program meeting, where there is likely to be someone to help.  You can also refer them to both the state and chapter websites for resources.  In addition to these volunteers, we need a person (or persons) to coordinate the staffing volunteers. If you would like to assist, please Contact Us.

Are you interested in becoming a native plant volunteer?

We are compiling a list of knowledgeable volunteers who are interested in acting as advisors to schools and other civic organizations in our area who are proposing to establish a native plant garden, but who do not themselves know how to proceed. This initiative arises because of the number of on-going requests that we receive, especially from schools. If you would like to take part of this civic outreach effort to better our community, please let us know by sending us a message via the Contact Us page.

Other areas with opportunities for volunteers:

- Coordinator and volunteers for Native Plant Week (3rd week of April)
- Helpers for state-wide Chapter Council meeting (1st week of March)
- Volunteers to lead field trips (any time of year)
- Helpers for our annual plant sale (2nd Saturday in November) — see the plant sale page

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For each committee the chair is listed first. In some instances, not all committee members are shown.

Elected officers:

  Clifford McLean
  Lyn McAfee
  Helena Bowman
  Jane Tirrell
Chapter Council Delegate:
  Katie Gallagher

Appointed board members:

2018 appointments:
  Orchid Black
  Graham Bothwell
    Barbara Eisenstein
    Gabi McLean

Committees (for each committee, the chair is listed first):

  Jane Tirrell (acting chair)
    Jane Strong
  Cllifford McLean
    Mickey Long (adviser)
  Kyra Saegusa
  Kathy Sturdevant
  Roger Klemm
Field trips:
  Susan Flaming
  Jane Tirrell
    Shelly Magier
    Lyn McAfee
    Naomi Fraga
Horticulture:   Gabi McLean
    Jesse Chang (school gardens)
  Anna Muriello
Invasive plants:
  Roger Klemm
  Clifford McLean
  Gabi McLean
  Jane Strong
    Graham Bothwell
    Lyn McAfee
    Clifford McLean
Past president:
  Orchid Black
Plant sale:
  Barbara Eisenstein
Plant walks:   Katie Gallagher
    Bob Dollins
  Naomi Fraga
Rare plants:
  Jane Strong (acting chair)
    Jane Tirrell
    Mickey Long (adviser)
Social media:
  Anna Muriello
    Shelly Magier
    Graham Bothwell
Web site:
  Graham Bothwell

Meetings of board and committee representatives:

The chapter's board consists of the elected officers together with others appointed by the President and ratifed by the Board.

All members are welcome to attend our board meetings. Regular meetings, together with committee chairs and other interested members, are held on the third Thursday of every odd-numbered month, from 7:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m. (unless indicated otherwise in the table below). Additional meetings are held as required. Meeting are held at Eaton Canyon Nature Center (unless otherwise indicated). The dates of regular meetings in 2016 are:

- January 18, 2018
- March 15, 2018
- May 17, 2018
- July 19, 2018 (only if necessary)
- September 20, 2018
- November 15, 2018

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You are invited to become a member of the CNPS, whether your interests are amateur or professional. Our members cover a wide range of interests to do with our native flora, from general interest to conservation, gardening, field trips, and other activities.

To join CNPS, please see our Membership Page.

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The chapter is supported financially from a portion of the annual subscriptions paid by members to the CNPS state office in Sacramento, from the chapter's annual plant sale, and throughout the year from the sale of items such as CDs.

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You can download the following files. (Newsletters are on the Newsletter Page.)

1. Chapter governance documents

Chapter Operating Guidelines, Release 001 - Adopted by chapter members Oct. 22, 2015

Treasurer Standing Rules, Version 2.0 - Adopted by the board of directors, September 15, 2016

2. Forms for chapter workers

Expense reimbursement form (.doc)

Expense reimbursement form (.pdf)

Payment authorization form (.doc)

Payment authorization form (.pdf)

Sales sheet for use at chapter meetings (.xls)

3. General interest documents

Plant identification workshop slides (.pdf) - a presentation created by Gabi McLean for the workshop held on June 24, 2010

Our chapter logo (.jpg) - drawing by Pat Brame, 1020 x 1140 pixels (132 kB)

Our chapter logo (.tif) - drawing by Pat Brame, 1020 x 1140 pixels (524 kB)

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Click here for our communications page.

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If you wish to receive email notices about chapter meetings and field trips, click here.

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Click here for our Contact Page.

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