The California Native Plant Society and our East Bay Chapter reaffirm our commitment to inclusion and equity. We unequivocally condemn violence against Black people and oppose outdated and racist systems that enable that violence. We believe California’s incredible human diversity is key to our shared efforts to celebrate, protect, and restore this state’s unparalleled natural diversity. Together, we restate our ongoing commitment to fighting against racial inequality and working for environmental justice, that we may all enjoy a just and safe Society that is as inclusive and diverse as our state.
Native Here Nursery: Summer Favorites, Fall Talks, and Improvement Projects
Many of our seeds germinated exceptionally well this year, and as a result we have very good supplies of summer favorites to attract butterflies, bees, and birds.
Narrow-Leaf Milkweed and Una, Dos, Tres—the Monarch Trio
Last winter we planted a milkweed patch in our back garden. This June we found three small monarch butterfly caterpillars on the milkweed, but they had attracted a number of predatory paper wasps.
Super Cool Plants and Plant Communities on Public Land
According to my California Road & Recreation Atlas, this wonderland had a name: Scott Mountain Botanical Area in the Klamath National Forest. I pondered: if there was one officially designated Botanical Area in California, were there more?
A Self-Guided Walk in Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
A history of rock quarrying left fascinating exposed geology and fewer native plants in much of Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. But a stroll down a creekside trail in the park leads to a richer native plant community under a canopy of oaks and bays, nurtured by the efforts of CNPS restoration volunteers.
Algerian Sea Lavender Removal Project
Algerian sea lavender has been limiting the expansion of native Pacific cordgrass and other native marsh plants. Greens at Work has removed close to half a million of these invasive plants and seedlings near the Bay Trail in Richmond.