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The Redbud Chapter of CNPS

Second Edition of Wildflowers of Nevada
and Placer Counties
 Now Available!!

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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 and 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!

See Upcoming Redbud Events for more information.
For field trips, see Upcoming Redbud Field Trips.

The Redbud Chapter “Passionate about (Native) Plants”
June, 2017 Lecture:

Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Lewisii redivivaGuest speaker: Bob Case
When: Wednesday, June 28
7:00 to 8:30 p.m

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

When Thomas Jefferson, in a visionary decision, purchased the Missouri watershed in 1803, he chose Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead the expedition. Over their journey of three years and 8,000 miles, they made notes, illustrations, and collections of plants, as well as other observations including geology and wildlife.

Today, the legacy of that journey includes 176 plant species new to science, many native to California. Bob Case will share with us this rich botanical treasure trove in photos and stories that make this “Greatest American Adventure” come alive.

Bob will also participate in the Redbud field trip on Thursday, June 29, to Sagehen Creek off Hwy 89, North of Truckee, that will include species discovered by Lewis and Clark.

Bob Case holds an MS degree from CSU San Francisco in Ecology and Systematics. He taught biology and environmental science in Bay Area community colleges for 25 years, and recently retired as Deputy Commissioner from the Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture.  His photographs have appeared in many books and other publications. A CNPS member since 1972, Bob is Co-Chair of the CNPS Exotic Invasives Committee. Bob is a member of the California State Parks foundation, The Lewis and Clark Trail Foundation and the National Parks Foundation.

August, 2017 Lecture: Mycorrhizal Fungi          
         Guest speaker: Tea Chesney, Mycologist
         Wednesday, August 23. 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
         Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.

October, 2017 Lecture: Tending the Wild
          Guest speaker: Dr. M. Kat Anderson
          Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
          Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists, 190 Finley St, Auburn

Sagehen Creek Field Trip
Thursday, June 29, 8:45 a.m.

Field Trip Leader:  Julie Carville, author of
Tahoe 's Spectacular Wildflower Trails*

Special Guest: Bob Case, Redbud Speaker  
on “The Botanical Legacy of Lewis and Clark”

Trail description:

The Sagehen Creek Trail is an easy to moderate, mostly level walk of about 5 miles  round-trip (2.5 miles each way).  At this time of year, the trail is filled with a large variety of wildflowers.  At the trail 's end, we 'll arrive at a meadow of wildflowers by Stampede Reservoir, which is a pretty lake, where we can swim to cool down in either the lake or in the creek, so bring bathing suits. We 'll picnic in the shade of conifers. Julie will bring some of John Muir 's writing to add to the fun at lunch!

What we expect to see:
We should see Marsh Marigolds and Western Polemoniums, and maybe Alpine Gentians, in a lovely, small meadow at the trail 's beginning. Along the trail are Star Lavenders, Brown 's Peonies and their large fleshy seed pods, several species of Lupines, Mule 's Ears, Balsamroots, Serviceberries, Bog Saxifrages, Self Heal, Richardson 's Geraniums, Graceful Phlox, and possibly Dwarf Chamaesarachas, if they aren 't under the lake 's water.  

We should also see Sierra Shooting Stars, Mahala Mat, Baker 's and Mountain Violets, carpets of Low Phacelias, several species of Butterweeds, Columbines, Valerians, Western Waterleaf, Bitterbrush, Sand corn, Corn Lilies, and other flowers -- and a beaver dam and lodge!

This hike is suitable for children; we encourage families to attend.

From Truckee on Interstate 80, take the Sierraville exit north onto Highway 89.  At the first roundabout, follow the sign toward Donner Pass Road.  At the next two roundabouts, head toward Sierraville.  The unsigned Sagehen trailhead is reached in 7.4 miles from I-80, just after the highway crosses a cement bridge over Sagehen Creek.  Turn down into the parking area on the east side of the highway.  The parking area is small so carpooling is encouraged. 

Please arrive by 8:45, we will leave on the hike by 9:00 a.m. sharp to take advantage of the cool morning.  Should be back to our cars by 3:00 p.m. at the latest, and if people need to return early, the trail is clear and easy to follow back to the parking area.

Please RSVP to Jeanne at  Include name, email address, cell phone number, number of adults in your group, and number of children, if any. If you can give someone a ride or need a ride, please provide details, and we'll try to coordinate carpooling.

You will receive an email reply to your RSVP, and a reminder email the evening before the hike, confirming the trailhead meeting time and any carpool arrangements.

Bring: Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, good mosquito repellent, rain gear/windbreaker (depending on weather), and lunch.  

*If you would like to buy a copy of Julie's book, please email her at to place an order and she can deliver it to you at Sagehen.  To pick it up before June 29, email Julie to make arrangements.  The cost including tax is $32.50; please bring exact change or pay by check (no credit cards).  If you are a Redbud member, Julie will donate 10% of the price to Redbud.   

Books by Redbud Chapter – CNPS

Wildflowers, 2d Ed.New!

Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California 2nd Edition (2017)    $29.95

(Member discount if purchased directly from Redbud Chapter)

See article “Book on Placer and Nevada County Wildflowers Gets Update,” Auburn Journal, May 30, 2017.





Get more information about Wildflowers or Trees and Shrubs,
or a list of
local booksellers selling Wildflowers.


Trees and Shrubs


Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties, California (2014)   $34.95

(Member discount if purchased directly from Redbud Chapter)

Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties:  $25.50
Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties: $29.75

To purchase at the Member price, contact:

Julie Becker 530-265-8197, jbecker@infostations .com
Chet Blackburn 530-885-0201, or
Jeanne Wilson 530-570-8009,

Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails

        (Julie Carville, Karen Weise, Alicia Funk, and Carolyn Singer)