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The Redbud Chapter of CNPS

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The Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society welcomes all native-plant lovers in Nevada and Placer counties. We are dedicated to exploring, educating, researching, and writing about the diversity and beauty of our native flora.  We:

  • Lead field trips to stunning foothill & mountain wildflower displays.
  • Offer 100s of locally adapted, hand-picked native plants at our fall sale.
  • Advocate for native flora and organize conservation projects.
  • Meet up to propagate plants and learn ethnobotany first-hand.
  • Publish two books on over 700 local wildflowers, trees and shrubs.

Together, we explore and restore nature, and find new friends!


Announcing Upcoming Redbud Chapter Events!

Bark BeetlesThe Natural History of Bark Beetles & the Future of Our Forests

Wednesday, February 22nd 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Auburn/Placer County Library, Beecher Room
350 Nevada Street, Auburn, CA 95603

As the saying goes, "It's the small things that make a difference.” In our forests, small things — like beetles, wasps and fungi — are changing our landscape in big ways.


At this presentation, you’ll learn about the natural history of the bark beetle and the future of our forests — how different our forests of the future will be.

Our speaker will be Chris Paulus, retired forester and Cal Fire Battalion Chief. He has worked with local Fire Safe Councils and residents on fire prevention, fire-safe landscape planning, bark-beetle identification and the possibility of mitigation, and options after the beetles.

This is a free public lecture sponsored by the California Native Plant Society’s Redbud Chapter
as part of its 2017 Passionate About (Native) Plants lecture series.

See Upcoming Redbud Events for more information.


3rd Redbud Meet-up:  Wednesday, March 15
Your California Native Garden, Part 3 -- Spring is Coming!

 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library -- 980 Helling Way, Nevada City

As winter begins to wane, you’ll want to focus on adding new natives to your garden. We’ll dig into learning planting techniques that increase success, covering topics such as:

What are good sources of native plants in spring?
• How do I know it’s time to plant?

•How should I prepare the soil?
• Are there special requirements for transplanting native plants?
• How big a hole should I dig? 
• What irrigation solutions work well?

Please RSVP to

See Upcoming Redbud Events for more information.

Other Spring Events of Interest


Become a certified California Naturalist!

Spring 2017 California Naturalist Course, March 8 – May 17.

Sierra Streams Institute is offering a course that enables you to become a certified California Naturalist. The course starts March 8, 2017. For more information, see Naturalist Class, email, or call 530-265-6090 ext. 207.



Spring Native Plant Sale! 

Sacramento Valley Chapter -- California Native Plant Society

When: Saturday, MARCH 25th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery
            2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

            (On the American River Parkway at Soil Born Farms)



Introduction to Plant Identification, Part II – Northern California

(A Beginner Look at 9 Plant Families)

April 4-6 at the Placer Nature Center in Auburn, with additional field sites at the Auburn  State Recreation Area

Description: This easily accessible workshop will be taught at a beginner level, and can be taken in conjunction with or separately from Part I (which will cover 8 different California plant families). Learn the terminology and characteristics of 9 of the more common California plant families, reducing the amount of time required to key most plants to genus and species. This workshop will include classroom presentations and exercises, and we will spend at least half the time outdoors in the field identifying plants.

Taught by Redbud’s own Josie Crawford, Botanist, this is a great excuse to get out and explore what’s sure to be a beautiful spring in the foothills while learning how to identify some of the major California plant families.

More info and registration: and


Spring 2017 California Naturalist Course

Sierra Streams Institute is offering a course that allows you to become a certified California Naturalist. The course starts March 8, 2017. Earlybird registration fee if you sign up before February 1. For more information see
Naturalist Class, email, or call 530-265-6090 ext. 207.

Trees and Shrubs of
Nevada and Placer Counties, California

Purchase information for Redbud books

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