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).

Nature’s Gardens: The 2017 Desert Superbloom
Speaker: Saxon Holt
Wednesday, November 28, 7:30 pm
Location: Auditorium, Orinda Public Library (directions below)

After five years of exceptional drought and heat in California deserts, an uncharacteristically rainy fall and winter season created a superbloom of desert wildflowers in the spring of 2017. Saxon Holt was there to record its beauty and learn how nature creates gardens. Starting in Anza Borrego State Park in the early spring, he photographed vast fields of annual wildflowers on the valley floor as well as the mix of perennials, shrubs, and cacti that were also having a superbloom. A few weeks later he photographed the spectacular bloom at the Carrizo Plain National Monument in southern San Luis Obispo County, again learning how nature combines plants to create natural gardens. If you weren’t able to see the superbloom, or even if you were, come enjoy it through Saxon’s stunning photographs and learn more about gardening from nature’s own gardens.

Saxon Holt is an award-winning garden photographer of more than 20 books, is on the Board of Pacific Horticulture Society, and is a Fellow of the Garden Writers Association. He owns PhotoBotanic, a resource for photos, prints, photography workshops, and a series of e-books. His work as a photojournalist increasingly focuses on the relationship between gardens and the land, seeking a sustainable aesthetic that can enhance both gardener and the earth. He is currently working on a new book, The Summer-Dry Garden, to be published by Timber Press in 2019.

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

Upcoming Programs
December 2018: No meeting—happy holidays!
January 23, 2019: Cynthia Powell—New Calflora Tools for CNPS Users

Directions to Orinda Public Library at 26 Orinda Way, Orinda 94563
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.

Blooming shrubs at Anza Borrego State Park, spring 2017. Copyright © Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic