Members’ meetings

East Bay CNPS Members’ Meetings are great for:

  •  Learning about native plants (and wildlife) and their habitat
  •  Virtually visiting beautiful and interesting places
  •  Being inspired by conservation challenges and success stories
  •  Meeting nice people who share your interests

Our meetings are always free and open to everyone, members and  non-members alike. We meet at 7:30 pm on the fourth Wednesday evening of the month in January-May and September-November, with a slight adjustment in the schedule to avoid Thanksgiving week. Most of our meetings take place at the Orinda Library, which is centrally located in our big, two-county chapter area.

We welcome your ideas for topics or speakers (some of our best programs have come from members’ suggestions), so please feel free to contact Programs chair Sue Rosenthal with your ideas ( or 510-496-6016).

Tree Ecology: The Rhizosphere—Tree Anatomy Below Ground
Speaker: Ted Kipping
Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library (directions below)

Ted Kipping will share the amazing insights and lab work of the late Dr. Alex Shigo, a giant in tree research, and some of his colleagues worldwide. Shigo-devotee Kipping will be “channeling” Dr. Shigo’s discoveries with images that will blow your mind and improve your understanding and success with trees.

Ted Kipping grew up roaming the wild places in San Francisco and San Mateo counties, and he studied natural history at Columbia University. He was privileged to work at San Francisco Botanical Garden/Strybing Arboretum caring for California native plants before starting his own tree shaping company in the Bay Area four decades ago. Ted has consulted for seven botanic gardens and lectured at thirteen, and he has presented many times to enthusiastic East Bay CNPS audiences. He has been published widely, has led over one hundred field trips, and is a life member of many organizations, including CNPS.

East Bay CNPS members’ meetings are free of charge and open to everyone. This month’s meeting takes place in the Garden Room of the Orinda Public Library at 26 Orinda Way (in Orinda Village). The Garden Room is on the second floor of the building, accessible by stairs or an elevator. The Garden Room opens at 7 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Email or call 510-496-6016 if you have questions.

Next Month’s Program

November 28, 7:30 pm, Orinda Library
Speaker: Saxon Holt, award winning garden photographer

Directions to Orinda Public Library at 26 Orinda Way

DRIVING: From the west, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda/Moraga exit. At the end of the off ramp, turn left on Camino Pablo (toward Orinda Village), right on Santa Maria Way (the signal after the BART station and freeway entrance), and left on Orinda Way.
From the east, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda exit. Follow the ramp to Orinda Village. Turn right on Santa Maria way (the first signal) and left on Orinda Way.
Once on Orinda Way, go 1 short block to the parking lot on the southeast side of the two-story building on your right. There is additional free parking beneath the building as well as on the street.

VIA BART (4 blocks): Exit the Orinda station, turn right and cross a pedestrian bridge, then cross a second pedestrian bridge on the left. Go 1 short block on the sidewalk to the third pedestrian bridge. Go 2 blocks on Orinda Way to the Orinda Library.