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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: Thea 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

Leichtlin's Mariposa Lily
Mt. Judah Field Trip
Wednesday, August 2nd 
9:00 3:00 p.m.

Field Trip Leaders: 
Christina Slowick and Karen Loro

Trail description:
The 4.6 mile Mt. Judah Loop trail starts at Donner Summit near Sugar Bowl, climbing to Mt. Judah peak with beautiful views of Donner Lake, Mount Rose, Anderson and Castle Peaks, the Sierra Buttes, and more.  Following the Pacific Crest Trail for part of the loop, the trail is moderate and involves significant elevation change (climbing/descending). 

What we will see:  In addition to the amazing views, we will see a wide variety of wildflowers in bloom.  Because of the late snowmelt, many early wildflowers are still blooming while later flowers are also blooming because of recent warm weather. 

Drive to Sugar Bowl Resort.  The group will meet at the turn-off to the Mt. Judah parking Lot  and drive from there.

Those in the Auburn/Colfax area interested in carpooling can make arrangements with Christina (530-613-9616).

Those in Nevada City/Grass Valley who would like to carpool can respond by email to Karen Loro, and will meet at Uren St. in Nevada City at 7:30 am.

What to bring:  At least 2 quarts of water, lunch and snacks, hat, and sunscreen. Optional: hand lens, walking stick(s), and bug repellent. 

If you would like to buy the new Redbud book Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer County, 2nd Edition at this hike, please email Jeanne at

View from Barker Peak

Barker Peak Field Trip
Wednesday, August 9th  
9:00 6:00 p.m. (all day hike)

Field Trip Leader:  Karen Loro

Trail description: 
The Barker Peak trail is 2.5 miles one way, and ranges from 7,700’ to 8,100’ elevation. Because of the high elevation, striking wildflower displays continue well into summer. The trail is described in Julie Carville’s wonderful book, Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails, and rated moderate to difficult.

Drive 4.5 mi. South of Tahoe City on Highway 89 and turn West (right) on Barker Pass Rd. (same as Blackrock). Just after you turn onto Barker Pass Road, there is a paved parking lot next to bathrooms with toilets -- facilities at the trailhead are closed.

From the junction with Hwy 89, you will drive about 7.5 miles to the trailhead on a road that ranges from paved to dirt/gravel.  The trailhead for Barker Peak is also used to access the Pacific Crest Trail.   

This will be an ALL day hike.  Plan on returning to our cars by 6 pm.  We take our time and enjoyScarlet Gilia the views and wildflowers.  In addition to the 5 mile hike, we will check out some nearby meadows that hopefully will still have nice flowers.  The views are spectacular!

To RSVP/ask questions, email Karen at  
She will already be up at the Lake, so she will not be carpooling.  For last minute needs, call 530 * 798 * 0815.

What to bring:  At least 2 quarts of water, lunch and snacks, hat, and sunscreen. Optional: hand lens, walking stick(s), and bug repellent. 

If you would like to buy the new Redbud book Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer County, 2nd Edition at this hike, please email Jeanne at

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)