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Click here to download the current issue of the Bay Leaf, the East Bay Chapter newsletter, in pdf format.

Click here for a calendar of East Bay Chapter events.

Visit the website of the state organization of the California Native Plant Society to find out  about ways you can enjoy and protect our state’s native flora.

Coast silk tassel (Garrya elliptica) and flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum). Photo by Delia Taylor.
Flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum). Photo by Delia Taylor.

The chapter’s Native Here Nursery will hold the last sale of the winter planting season on Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26 from 10-2 both days. Sidalcea (Brooks Island only) and huckleberries (Vaccinium) will be half price on that weekend.

A variety of local annuals will be available in pots with multiple seedlings. Local bulb plants including zygadene and trillium will be offered. Of course, there will be a wide selection of native plants from all parts of the East Bay for both gardening and restoration purposes.

If there’s something special you’ve been looking for, check the inventory online at www.nativeherenursery.org. It is current as of mid January. As plants become rooted or emerge from dormancy (or if they sell out) the inventory will be updated. Currently the goal is to have an update posted by mid-month each month, so check the week before the sale.

Volunteers and customers are always welcome during regular nursery hours: noon-3 pm on Tuesdays, 9-noon Fridays, 10-2 Saturdays.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the sale weekend, please send an e-mail to
Ruth Ann Pearsons
rapearsons1@mac.com
East Bay CNPS
Native Here Nursery

Hound’s tongue (Cynoglossum grande). Photo by Delia Taylor.
Western leatherwood (Dirca occidentalis). Photo by Delia Taylor.

 

Toyon, Christmas berry (Hetermomeles arbutifolia). Photo by Delia Taylor.
Toyon, Christmas berry (Hetermomeles arbutifolia). Photo by Delia Taylor.
Madia elegans, called common madia, is an annual, one of the tarweeds, and is in the Sunflower family. This plant was purchased at Native Here Nursery. Common Madia is different from a sunflower in that it closes up when the sun is out. But it glows on foggy Berkeley days. It readily reseeds, grows larger if there is water, stays small is there is little water. Photo and caption by Dellia Taylor.
Madia elegans, called common madia, is an annual, one of the tarweeds, and is in the Sunflower family. This plant was purchased at Native Here Nursery. Common madia is different from a sunflower in that it closes up when the sun is out. But it glows on foggy Berkeley days. It readily reseeds, grows larger if there is water, stays small if there is little water.
Photo and caption by Delia Taylor.


This new version of the main website of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EBCNPS) is designed to give the user easier access to the large collection of articles and photos related to the multifaceted activities of EBCNPS.

There are two main ways to access the pages of the site. The first is to hover with your mouse over the item in the menu at the top of the page that seems likely to point to what you are interested in. Then select from the menu that drops down.  If there is no drop down menu then the menu item on the navigation bar is what you should click on.

Another approach is to click on the second item from the right on the menu bar, website mapThat will give you a table of contents of the entire site.

If you have a question having to do with how to use the site  or if you would like to comment on the new website email me at webmaster@ebcnps.org .

From time to time I shall suggest a page for the reader to check out, for no other reason than that I have enjoyed it and suspect that others will also. Today I would like to recommend Easy Hikes, a selection of do-it-yourself field trips chosen and described by Bill Hunt, a photographer and hiker who has long been active in our Chapter as well as state CNPS in positions of leadership.

Check out the Easy hikes page.

Joe Willingham
East Bay Chapter webmaster

webmaster@ebcnps.org

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Madia elegans. Photo by Delia Taylor.
Madia elegans. Photo by Delia Taylor.