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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.

Native Here Nursery

Volunteers are the key to the continued success of the nursery. We have an active team of experienced and permitted seed collectors who provide so much of the initial seed inventory, and, at the nursery, a dedicated core of volunteers who work one or more of our open days, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays to provide customer support, propagation, grooming, watering and nursery maintenance, as well as any of the many last minute needs it takes to keep things going. Our student volunteers generously represent far off lands and provide a special international flavor to the nursery. If working with plants intrigues you, and if you would like to be with other wonderful volunteers, please consider dropping by during our open hours on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and sign up to volunteer or contact our volunteer coordinator Ruth Ann Pearsons rapearsons1@mac.com.

John Danielsen
Native Here Nursery

Native Here Nursery, Fall and Winter
2017-2018 Special Event Saturdays

February 24, 10 am to 2 pm
Native Here Nursery Trillium Time

Trilliums are worth waiting for, They take several years of growth, disappearing entirely later in the spring and summer, reappearing in winter before flowering. They are a wonderful color “treat” in the woodland understory, often associated with redwoods. Limit 2 per customer on this day.

Other “treasures”, some in limited quantities, include Lewisia rediviva, Sedum spathulifolium, and Boechera brewerii, denizens of a very different plant community, candidates for rock gardens. In addition to these treasures, we will be offering numerous bulb species including several types of Allium, Brodiaea, Calochortus, Dichelostemma, and Triteleia. However, don’t forget that our large selection of local native annuals is just coming into the best time for planting in your garden.

John Danielsen, propagator of special plants, will talk at 11 am about our local native Trillium, the challenges of growing and caring for them.

Come and bring your lunch or a snack to enjoy while listening to John’s talk, then continue shopping for your favorite plants!

If you are not looking for Trillium, we will be offering over 200 species of other local native plants for your delight, including a selection of manzanitas, trees, riparian and grassland plants featured during previous Special Events.

Plant sales continue throughout the year on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays!

For more information and updates check our online plant inventory the week before the sale at:

www/nativeherenursery.org

Native Here Nursery
101 Golf Course Drive
Tilden Park, Berkeley, 94708

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Bristly goldenaster (Heterotheca sessoliflora ssp. echioides.  Fossil Hill Trail, Fossil Hill, Walnut Creek. Photo by Delia Taylor.
Fern croziers.  Photo by Delia Taylor.
Lupinus seedlings. Photo by Delia Taylor.
Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia). Photo by Delia Taylor.
Vine maple (Acer circinatum) with California fuchsia (Epilobium canum}. Photo by Delia Taylor.
California buckeye (Aesculus californica). Photo by Delia Taylor.

All of the above photos by Delia Taylor except the one taken on Fossil Hill in Walnut Creek are of plants from Native Here Nursery growing in a Berkeley garden.

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Blooming—Showy milkweed (Ascelpias speciosa), Ithuriel’s spear (Triteleia laxa), naked buckwheat (Eriogonum nudum), gumplant (Grindelia sp.), Acmispon sp.
Other plants:  black sage (Salvia mellifera),California goldenrod  (Solidago velutina ssp. californica) in Berkeley parking strip . Photo by Delia Taylor.

Seep monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus)).  Photo by Delia Taylor.

Hairy honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula). Photo by Delia Taylor.

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. 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.

For questions and comments email the webmaster, Joe Willingham, at webmaster@ebcnps.org.