Members’ meetings

East Bay CNPS Members’ Meetings are great for:
* Learning about native plants (and wildlife) and their habitats
* 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 nonmembers 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 or Orinda Community Center, which are 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).

Pacific Coast Native Irises and Their Beautiful Love Children
Speaker: Ted Kipping
Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 pm
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library (directions below)

California’s rich flora includes 11 species (or 10 or 12, depending on whom you ask!) of native Pacific Coast irises. These tough plants inhabit meadows and woodlands along the coast and in the Coast Ranges from Washington to Santa Barbara, with a few species also found in the Sierra Nevada. The genus name Iris is from the Greek word for rainbow, and true to their name, the elegant Pacific Coast iris flowers fill in swaths of the color wheel with whites, yellows, blues, purples, maroons, rusts, and more. Within each species there’s a range of color and pattern thanks the tendency of Pacific Coast irises to mix it up genetically (cross pollinate) where their ranges overlap in the wild. Join Ted Kipping for a beautiful photographic tour of our Pacific Coast native irises along with commentary about their love lives and their lives in our gardens.

Ted Kipping is a Life Member of CNPS and many other botanical, horticultural, and natural history groups. He studied natural history at Columbia University in New York City, worked at the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, and 38 years ago started his own arboriculture firm, Tree Shapers, LLC, serving the Bay Area. Ted has traveled all over the West as well as to wild places in many other parts of the world. His photography has been extensively published.
East Bay CNPS membership 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.

Directions to Orinda Public Library at 26 Orinda Way:

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 Highway 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.

From 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.

Iris photo by Ted Kipping