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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!

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

The Redbud Chapter “Passionate about (Native) Plants” 

April, 2017 Lecture:

The Secrets of Ceanothus!

Guest Speaker: Photographer and Botanist Jeff Bisbee

When:  Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm

Where: The Madelyn Helling Library

    980 Helling Way, Nevada City 95959


Does the old-fashioned nickname “California lilac” do a ceanothus justice?  Jeff Bisbee will explore the unique and fascinating world of ceanothus. Over 50 species of Ceanothus are native to California’s foothills, forests, and coasts, and a number are key features of urban and suburban landscapes.  Ranging from ground-hugging mats to small trees, Ceanothus are characterized by frothy flower displays in shades of blue, white, and lavender.  Learn about their widely-varied sizes and shapes, how to easily grow them from seed, and, of course, their diverse beauty.

Jeff, a freelance nature photographer and botanist whose work has been featured in numerous publications, will concentrate on local species. He’ll also share noteworthy examples from other parts of California.

Codfish Falls Trail
Thursday April 20,
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Meet at NW corner of the Raley’s parking lot in Auburn on Lincoln Way. Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) parking pass is needed at the trailhead.

This beautiful hike, less than 4 miles roundtrip, is on the North Fork of the American River on Ponderosa Way out of Weimar. The trail is near the river, so there will be great river views. Hopefully the water fall will still be flowing. The wildflowers are always abundant and there are many species. Plant list can be emailed to you. If the road is not graded, the hike will be canceled. If rain is forecast the hike will be canceled.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Bring: Water, lunch, and other hiking essentials. Hand lens and wildflower books are nice to bring along.

Contact information: Diane Cornwall at, 530-888-1404 and cell 805-279-2906.

Mt. Howell CalFire Lookout Station
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 9:30am

Meet at Marval's Sierra Market, 575 S Auburn St., Colfax at 9:30 am

Description: We will visit an ongoing restoration
project on a 38-acre site showing the results of “historical” low intensity fire and the varying plant community responses.

The site represents a sub-climax conifer forest-oak woodland representative of conditions during the
Gold Rush era. This site showcases hundreds of gorgeous wildflowers, including Wild Ginger, Purple Milkweed, Yellow Star Tulips, Fawn Lilies, Sierra Iris, Brown Bells, Western Waterleaf, and many more.

Most are new since the burning, possibly sprouting from seed-banks that may be as much as 4 decades
old, so there may be surprises. This hike will be limited to 15 participants.

Length of Trip: Approx. 2 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Elevation change is 300 vertical feet over less than a mile.

Bring: Water, snacks, insect repellant, hat for sun protection and other hiking essentials.

Contact info: RSVP at:

Endangered Stebbin’s Morning-Glory

Saturday, May 6, 9:00 a.m

Meeting Time and Directions: Meet at the parking lot for Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter at 14647 McCourtney Road. From the Nevada County Fairgrounds drive about 4 miles south of Grass Valley on McCourtney Rd. The Animal Shelter driveway is a left turn just before the Nevada County Transfer Station. Parking space is limited and carpooling is advised. Important: check the Redbud web pages for possible changes in the meeting place.

Meeting Time and Location for Carpooling: Meet at 8:45 am at Raley’s, Pine Creek Shopping Center, 692 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley

Duration: 3 hours

Description: We will visit a population of Stebbin’s Morning Glory (Calystegia stebbinsii), a California endangered plant in Nevada County. Our tour of Nevada County managed land will include areas of recent vegetation treatments using hand clearing and low intensity fire. These treatments are intended to establish new populations of Stebbins’ Morning Glory. We’ll also look for additional rare plants of this uncommon chaparral: Sanborn’s Onion, Sierra Brodiaea, Mother Lode Yampah, Chaparral Sedge, California Flannel Bush and McNab’s Cypress.

Trip leaders Denise Della Santina and Karen Callahan are managers for the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife grant to preserve the Stebbins’ Morning-glory and its habitat. Denise is the Restoration Ecologist for Sierra Streams Institute and Redbud Chapter’s Conservation Chairperson. Karen is the Rare Plant Chairperson for Redbud Chapter.

Level of Difficulty: Easy.

Bring: Water, snacks, hat for sun protection and other hiking essentials.

Contact info: Please contact Karen at 530.272.5532 if you have questions.


Robie Trail near Sliger Mine to Canyon Creek

between Cool and Greenwood

Thursday Saturday, May 13
8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. (or later)

Meet at the Holiday Market in the back of the parking lot on the corner of 49 and 193 in Cool at 8:30am.

This is more of an adventure hike than a wildflower walk. Canyon Creek is 4 miles in and we will go out the same way. We will see lots of wildflowers and at Canyon Creek will be a beautiful floral garden. We will be above the Middle Fork of the American River with great views and some interesting mining history. A plant list is available by email. If rain is forecast the hike will be canceled.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate (8 miles total). The first part is a little steep, then it is gentle ups and downs the rest of the way.

Bring: Lunch, water, and all the hiking essentials.

Contact Information: Diane Cornwall at, 530-888-1404 and Cell 805-279-2906.

Other Spring Events of Interest

Earth  Day Wildflower Walk at Hell’s Half Acre

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 p.m.

BYLT turns 27 this Earth Day – Celebrate with us!

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and local author and wildflower expert Julie Carville for this morning walk among the flowers. Located on the western edge of Grass Valley, south of Rough and Ready Highway, Hell’s Half Acre is considered one of the richest wildflower blooms in the region.


Bear River Land Trust

First Annual Community BioBlitz

Bear Yuba Land Trust invites students, families, and community groups for the First Annual Community BioBlitz happening on beautiful protected nature preserves on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th.

Be part of Citizen Science in action!


Nevada County  Celebration of Trails Saturday, June 3, 2017

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]"