Calendar of Upcoming Events

Sunday April 9  – Field Trip: Coastal Prairie at Franklin Point 

Deanna Giuliano, Botanist and President, CNPS Santa Cruz

Join Deanna for a hike along this unique coastal terrace and scenic bluffs. This is some of the most intact coastal prairie we have in our area. A few rare species we hopefully will see are Fritillaria agrestis, Hosackia gracilis, Plagiobothrys diffuses, among native bunchgrasses and forbs. Hike is easy and will be about 5 miles. Bring layers and snacks and can get windy.

Meet at 9:30am on the west side of Hwy 1 at the large dirt parking lot across the street from the Costanoan sign, about 2 miles south of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

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April 14, 15, 16, 2017, 10 am – 5 pm    Pacific Grove Museum

Monterey California Native Plant Society Wildflower Show

Co-Chairs Brian LeNeve and Michael Mitchell invite you to the Annual Wildflower Show at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. The rain so far this winter gives us hope that we will have a good display. Whether we will be able to match last year’s record-breaking number of 735 specimens displayed, which broke the record year set in 2015, remains to be seen. We will do our best but we do, of course, need the rain to continue and then a little bit of sun will help.

Ongoing during the show, members of CNPS will be available to identify plants or (hopefully) photos of plants for the public and Bruce Cowen will lead tours of the Museum’s native plant garden.

The CNPS bookstore will be there all three days offering books on California native plants – including our newest, gorgeous, “must have!” Monterey County Wildflowers – a Field Guide by Rod Yeager, MD and Michael Mitchell, a wonderful photo book of 950 of the most common plants in the County and our more technical publication The Plants of Monterey County, an Illustrated Field Guide – Second Edition by Matthews and Mitchell. Numerous other titles will be available to help you identify native plants, show you how to use them in your garden, find them on your travels, and learn about their historical and current importance. The Museum has some exciting classes scheduled during the show. Please check their website for updates at To date, these are the ones we know of:

• Friday: Wine and Flower Painting – taught by Claudia Stevens, 6pm-8pm • Saturday: Sketching classes with Erin Turner (one for adults, one for kids) • Sunday: Painting Flowers – taught by Claudia Stevens, 10-11:30 (ages 6-9) • Sunday: How to Make an Herbarium – taught by Sharon Nelson, 12-2 (ages 9-12)

There will be plenty to do all days in addition to enjoying over 600 species of wildflowers collected by CNPS members, so come once or more times and see what is blooming in Monterey County during the third week of April.

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