Originally formed in 1965, the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs 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 everyone.
Don't Miss These Upcoming Events by the Bee Aware Initiative!
Thursday, June 11th, 7:00 pm
A Reception for June’s Exhibit on Native Bees Up Close!
Macrophotographs by Rollin Coville, UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab
Rollin Coville contributed most of the photographs for (and is co-author of) the newly released “gardener’s bible” called California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists. The exhibit, curated by Joe Orsini, contains large versions of Coville’s stunning photographs showing many types of wild bees and some of the blooms that attract them. Dr. Coville is an entomologist at the University of California, Berkeley.
The exhibit reception will be followed by: California Bees and Blooms: A Talk/Slideshow by Gordon W. Frankie, UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab
Honey bees and their terrifying decline have lately been all the buzz. But did you know there are also over 1,600 types of native bees drinking from California’s flowers (4,000 nationwide)? You are likely to find numbers of them in your own garden––if you know what to look for. Learn about the wonderful world of wild bees, their variety, their habits and habitats, how and what they pollinate, and how you can attract them to your garden. Also find out how various urban communities are becoming bee-friendly. Dr. Frankie is lead author of California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists; he is a research entomologist at the University of California, Berkeley. The book will be available for purchase and signing. Both the exhibit and program are provided as part of a Book to Action (State Library) grant.
Thursday, June 18th, 7:00 pm Plants That Attract Bees & Tour of the Library’s Demonstration Bee Garden
A Talk/Slideshow & Tour by Jaime Pawelek, the Library’s Bee Garden Designer
All kinds of bees––honey bees and native bees––depend on flowering plants for food. The variety of plants that attract bees is enormous––ornamental, fruit, nut, and vegetable plants, shrubs, and trees. The library’s demonstration garden focuses on drought-tolerant, native plants, as well as other plants that grow well in our climate and that attract different types of bees. Jaime Pawelek will give some highlights about her plant selections before touring the library’s newly established demonstration bee garden. Pawelek owns Wild Bee Garden Design and also works at the University of California’s Urban Bee Lab. The program and garden design is provided as part of a Book to Action (State Library) grant, and the garden was developed with the support of the St. Helena Beautification Foundation and others.
Congregation Beth Shalom sponsors “Lunch and Learn,” lunchtime educational talks on the first Wednesday of the month (bring your own lunch).
This month’s talk on Apr. 1 will be entitled, “California Native Plants.”
Henni Cohen, President of the Napa Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, will share her experiences and knowledge about growing and caring for California Native Plants. She will discuss how to select the right California Native for your garden and techniques for helping your garden survive the drought. Representative plants will be on display. For info, http://cbsnapa.org/learning/adult-education
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY NAPA VALLEY CHAPTER
FIELD TRIPS 2015
The following is a list of the locations, dates and leaders. Call leaders for current information. Unless otherwise stated, all field trips begin with a carpool/caravan leaving from the parking lot between Target and Pharmaca in BelAire Plaza off Trancas Street in Napa near Highway 29, at9:00 AM. Bring snacks, lunch, ample drinking water and sturdy hiking shoes Steady rain cancels.
Saturday, March 21Bothe Napa Valley State Park Leader: Mike Parmeter (707) 255-6757 Linda Price (707) 257- 7574
Saturday, March 28East Napa Hills private property Leaders: Margaret Barson (707) 257- 8389 Mike Parmeter
Saturday, April 4Moore Creek Leaders: Linda Price (707) 257-7574 Chris Lea (720) 934-2694
Saturday, April 11 Skyline Park Hikes meet at Wildflower Show Leaders: Mike Parmeter at 10:00AM Jake Ruygt at 1:00PM
Saturday, April 18Newell Preserve American Canyon Leader: Jake Ruygt (707) 253-1839
Saturday, April 25Snell Valley Land Trust of Napa County Missimer Wildflower Preserve Leader: Jake Ruygt (707) 253-1839 Please register with the Land Trust. This is a co-sponsored trip.
Saturday, May 2Las Posadas Leaders: Linda Price (707) 257-7574 Chris Lea (720) 934-2694
Saturday, May 16Skyline Park Leaders: Margaret Barson (707) 257- 8389 Linda Price
Saturday, May 23Mead Ranch, Land Trust of Napa County Leaders: Margaret Barson (707) 257- 8389
Linda Price, Mike Parmeter
Saturday, May 30Wildlake, Land Trust of Napa County Leader: Jake Ruygt (707) 253-1839
Ted Stenz from Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) presents Napa Valley CNPS with a $5,000 grant to refurbish the riparian area near the stream bed in the Martha Walker Garden. Work will commence in May with help from the Finance Department of TWE, which owns wineries including Beringer, Etude, Stags’ Leap, Chateau St. Jean and others. Thank you TWE!