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).

Buckwheats in the garden and in the wild
Collage by Pete Veilleux, East Bay Wilds

Native Buckwheats for Your Garden
Speaker: Pete Veilleux
Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 pm
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library (directions below)

Buckwheats, in the genus Eriogonum, comprise a beautiful group of California native all-star plants. They are both nectar and host plants for butterflies and moths, and they provide a bonanza for bees and other pollinators looking for summer food. An additional benefit is their versatility and ornamental value. Pete Veilleux’s presentation will focus on buckwheats for their beauty as well as their habitat and horticultural importance, and he will have plants available for purchase after the presentation (cash or check only).

Pete Veilleux is a master designer, nurseryman, and photographer. He owns East Bay Wilds (, a nursery and design/build company based in Oakland that grows many East Bay natives as well as rare and unusual plants from all over the state of California. Through East Bay Wilds, Pete builds gardens using native plants for self-sustaining landscapes. He is a tireless advocate for native plant gardening and a reservoir of information on how to succeed with natives.

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

October 24, 7:30 pm, Orinda Library Garden Room, Ted Kipping “Tree Ecology: The Rhizosphere—Tree Anatomy Below Ground”.

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.