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Karen Callahan


Placer and Nevada Counties are located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Although these two counties represent only 1.5% of the land mass of California, 35% of its vascular plants are found here. Our native plants grace the landscape in habitats from the Sacramento valley grasslands, through the foothills, and into the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This land area represents a large variation in elevation, rainfall, and temperature. The snowmelt from the rugged peaks feeds into the Yuba, Bear, American and Rubicon Rivers with water to support the more populous areas of the state. 

Upcoming Chapter Presentations and Events

Passionate about (Native) Plants 2016 Lecture Series

These lectures are free and open to all, members and non–members alike!


Free Public Lecture “The Physics of Flora: Light, Color and the Science of Beauty
When:  Friday, Aug 26, 2016, 7:00 PM
Nevada City, Madeline Helling Library

The California Native Plant Society’s Redbud Chapter cordially invites the public and CNPS members to a free community lecture by Evan Jones entitled “The Physics of Flora: Light, Color and the Science of Beauty” on Friday, August 26th at 7:00 PM at the Nevada City, Madeline Helling Library.
For additional information, directions to the lecture and membership information for CNPS, please email



• Sept 29, (Thu, NC) Creating a California Pollinator Garden (Nancy Gilbert, CNPS)


• Oct 28 (Fri, Aub) Wonders of Fall: How and Why Native Flora Display So Splendidly

(Professor Shawna Martinez, Botanist, Educator)


 • • • (NC) Nevada City, Madeline Helling Library; (Aub) Auburn, Placer County Library on Nevada St. • •


The Book is Here!

Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties, California

Redbud Chapter, California Native Plant Society
Describes and illustrates with color photos over 200 species of trees, shrubs and woody vines growing in Nevada and Placer Counties?a small but widely-diverse segment of California rising in elevation from valley grasslands and foothill woodlands up through mountain meadows and conifer forests to the east side of the Sierra Nevada. Useful to backyard observers and casual hikers, as well as serious students and knowledgeable native plant enthusiasts. A versatile and accessible guide with clear botanical descriptions, anecdotes for the curious, reference to insects and wildlife, and a list of places to see trees and shrubs of all varieties.  

2014 Redbud Chapter and CNPS Press
529 pp. 6? x 9?; bibliography & references, glossary, index
ISBN 9780943460529   Softcover  $34.95

Where to Get It

California Welcome Center - 1103 High Street
Eisley Nursery - 380 Nevada Street
PARC (Protect American River Canyons) -
Shilling Seeds - 10064 Streeter Road, #5
Wild Bird Station - 1153 Grass Valley Highway (in Victorian Village)
Winston Smith Books - 933 Lincoln Way

Bassetts (north of Sierra City)
Bassetts Station - 100 Gold Lake Road
San Francisco State, Sierra Nevada Field Campus
(Highway 49, about one mile north of Bassett's Station)

Effie Yeaw Nature Center - 2850 San Lorenzo Way

American River Nature Center - 348 Highway 49

Grange Farmers Market - 9765 Marysville Road

Dutch Flat
Golden Drift Museum - 32820 Main Street

Elk Grove
Greenacres Nursery – 9220 Stockton Boulevard

Greenacres Nursery – 205 Serpa Way

Grass Valley
Book Seller - 107 Mill Street
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply - 125 Clydesdale Court
Sierra Timberline - 324 Idaho Maryland Road

Hope Valley
Sorensen?s Resort - 14255 Highway 88

Incline Village, Nevada
High Sierra Gardens - 866 Tahoe Boulevard

Lakes Basin Recreation Area - Sierra Buttes (see Bassetts)

Nevada City
Earth Store - 310 Broad Street
Haalo (Health Alternatives for All Locals) - 412 Commercial Street
Harmony Books - 231 Broad Street
J. J. Jackson - 244 Commercial Street
Prospectors Nursery - 10003 Granholm Lane

Penn Valley
South Yuba River State Park - Bridgeport Visitors Center

Front Yard Nursery - 5801 Mother Lode Drive
Placerville News Company - 409 Main Street

Greenacres Nursery – 5436 Crossing Drive

Greenacres Nursery – 901 Galleria Boulevard

Avid Reader – 1600 Broadway
California Native Plant Society - 2707 K Street, Suite 1
Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery – 4681 Fair Oaks Boulevard
Greenacres Nursery – 8501 Jackson Road

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - 1212 Mission Canyon Road

Tahoe City
Tahoe Tree Company - 401 W. Lake Boulevard

Bespoke - 10131 Donner Pass Road
Bookshelf - 11429 Donner Pass Road
Donner Memorial State Park (Emigrant Trail Museum) - 12593 Donner Pass Road
Truckee Ranger Station - 9646 Donner Pass Road
Villager Nursery - 10678 Donner Pass Road



Go to the CNPS online store


Members should contact:
Roger McGehee -
Chet Blackburn -
Julie Becker -
or attend a field trip event
to get the member's discount of 15%.

Store owners or managers wishing to purchase books wholesale
should contact: Julie Becker -"


Scotch Broom Challenge Spring 2015. March 7th
at Hell's Half Acre

Sue Chalpin (center)coordinated/organized the project with the Fire Safe Council

Crew clearing/pulling/lopping/sawing

Margo and Ames working on a stubborn plant

Corner Area being pulled by Joe Riley, Scott and Karen Callahan

Corner area after being cleared of broom (we left ceanothus, manzanitas, other natives)

Photos by Nancy Gilbert



State CNPS 2015 Workshops are listed on the Field Trips page.

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We normally hold one Native Plant Sale a year. The Fall Plant Sale is in Grass Valley.

  • Our Field Trips are held mostly in the spring--see newsletter for more information.
  • Chapter meetings are held six times a year, generally in February, March, May, July, October and November. Meetings alternate between Nevada and Placer counties. See the current newsletter for meeting information.


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