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Sold at the UCSC Arboretum by the California Local Plant Society.

With great enthusiasm, members of the Santa Cruz Chapter of the California Local Plant Society have announced that they are making their first personal sale since the onset of the epidemic.

The sale is for members only from 10-11am October 16 (membership is available on the day of the sale), and is open to the public from 11am to 3pm, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz ۔

This is an outdoor event that follows social distance guidelines, masks are optional but recommended. Renowned garden designer Angel Gerzon will be the special guest at 11:30 a.m.

I asked CNPS lead propagandist Carrie Olson why our native plants are so important and why we should plant them, especially now that this historic drought and the effects of climate change are affecting us all. Are

“I’m a big follower of ecologist Doug Talami, who wrote ‘Bringing Nature Home’ and more recently ‘Nature’s Best Hope.’ That’s why it’s important to bring this homeless nature into our landscapes and homes. “The easiest way to do this is to use plants from the area. Native insects have mixed with these plants, and native birds rely on large insect populations to reproduce. If we want to step back from the emerging biodiversity that has gripped recent headlines, part of the solution is to plant native plants in our area because they support everything.

Part of CNPS’s mission is to make these plants available through our Chapter Plant Sales. It is an encouraging thought that we can all play our part in repairing the environmental damage that has been done by putting these plants back in their landscapes and homescapes. “Given the massive threats to our global ecosystem, it is important to find ways where we know we are making a difference. Ptolemy’s efforts to turn our urban areas into biodiversity hotspots Join the revolution. Don’t take my word for it. Watch one of her conversations on YouTube. She is a talented educator and you will be impressed.

Has Olson recommended a particular plant?

“The plants I particularly like / recommend are those that support pollen and other wildlife,” Olson wrote. “We’ve all seen headlines about insect infestations and the threat of extinction to more than half the species of birds in North America. Watching the fall of the butterfly.

“The king is just one species, though charismatic. Olson added that there are more than 1,000 butterfly and insect species in California and more than 1,600 flies.” As for birds, we all love our native hummingbirds. Yes, but it is not just nectar that fuels them, especially when they are raising their children. All baby birds need protein and that means a lot of insects and insect larvae will be Eriogonum spp. They are the superstars of pollution and the incredibly beautiful plants that now bloom even in dry years.

This sale is your chance to stock your autumn garden with native Salvia, California Fuchsia (Aplobeum spp.), Sticky monkey flowers, as well as drought-tolerant perennials, shrubs and shady love plants. Many of them are hard to find. Whatever the conditions of your local garden, you will find a plant to fit. Local botanists will help you.

Remember that autumn is the best time of year to plant, as the hot summer days are fading, the days are getting shorter, but the soil is still warm. Residents will now have the best chance of settling down with the help of winter rains (crossing fingers). For information on sales and CNPS, visit

Proceeds from the sale support the local chapter’s education and protection goals. Plants are propagated at Sunset Christ Nurseries by CNPS volunteers, who generously support Bob’s work by providing bench space, water, soil and utensils.

Garden advice is provided by Sharon Hill, a gardener at the San Lorenzo Garden Center.

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