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Chapter Members -- please join us for a virtual annual potluck. Cook your favorite food and remember when we could meet in person. Starting at 4:00pm, our Chapter’s General Meeting will include our annual election and recognition of volunteers, Fellows and others. Please watch your email for the Zoom invitation. The meeting will be followed by a talk at 5:00pm

Doug TallamyNature’s Best Hope, A talk by Doug Tallamy

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current land management practices have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Doug Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can and must ̶ take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 103 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug’s new book, Nature’s Best Hope, released by Timber Press in February 2020, is a New York Times Best Seller.

The general public is invited to watch on Youtube starting at 5pm November 14, 2020.

Bumble bee on Bee's Bliss Salvia

The Chapter is holding our public events online whenever possible.

To receive notification as events are scheduled, please join our Chapter News list. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to:

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You can also find events on our Chapter's Facebook page and Meetup group.

If you missed any of our 2020 talks or live garden tours, you can view them on our new YouTube channel.

Some restoration activities (Lake Cunningham, Alum Rock) are available -- check our Meetup group for more information.

Activities such as field trips and Keying With Natives are on hiatus until health ordinances make it practical to hold them again.  All nursery workdays and some restoration activities (Edgewood) have been suspended until further notice.

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The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and how to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture, and land stewardship.

The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS covers Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo County. It offers activities focusing on the many aspects of native plants, from gardening, plant identification, and photography to conservation and rare plants. Activities include talks and lectures and workshops, field trips, native plant sales, wildflower show, restoration workdays, and more. The chapter was founded in 1972; more history can be found here.

CNPS SCV has two YouTube Channels:

Some of the recordings available on our YouTube Channels include:

Stay in Touch!

Our chapter has a rich variety of activities scheduled year-round. Most of our Chapter activities are listed in the Blazing Star Newsletter, but some late-breaking events don't make it into the newsletter and are announced electronically. Stay informed by making sure that your contact information is correct. 

Activities will be announced on our Chapter News list, our Facebook page and Meetup. Two things you can do to make sure you don’t miss anything are:

Chapter news list:

The Santa Clara Valley Chapter emails announcements about upcoming events (talks, hikes, sales, wildflower show, garden tour), alerts, last-minute notices and latebreaking news. Events that are scheduled after the Blazing Star is published are announced to this list. To sign up, please send an e-mail to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This list is open to the general public. Members are not automatically subscribed to the list, so you need to add yourself if you’re not already on it.

Check your Email Settings on CNPS.ORG

Make sure that your membership contact information is correct by going to cnps.org, and clicking on “My Profile” in menubar on the upper right-hand corner of the page. Log in if you have an account set up already, or set an account up if you don’t. Check your email address to make sure that it’s correct, and make sure that you have authorized CNPS to send email to you.  Please see the figure below to see the options you must set in order to receive email from our chapter. "Yes, I would like to receive email from California Native Plant Society." must be checked in order to receive mail from us! It is not enough to check the Local Chapter News under Email Interests.

CNPS.ORG required settings

The Chapter has canceled all of our in-person public events through the end of May to support efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to keep it at levels that our healthcare system can support.  All nursery workdays and restoration activities (Alum Rock Park, Edgewood, Lake Cunningham) have been canceled until further notice. We will update this page if we cancel or reschedule other events. 

Receive updates by joining our Chapter News list. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Moved to Virtual

  • May 2 (Saturday), Going Native Garden Tour. Live, virtual kickoff at 10:00am! gngt.org for more information

Volunteer Awards

CNPS is a volunteer-based organization, and the CNPS Santa Clara Valley Chapter is fortunate to have many volunteers who contribute to the success and vibrancy of our chapter. Indeed, this has been a hallmark of our chapter since its inception.

The Outstanding Volunteer Award was established in 2019, and is given on an annual basis at the November Members Potluck. This award is intended to recognize a volunteer who has gone above and beyond in their contributions to the chapter, and who has volunteered for the chapter in the current calendar year.

The Native Plant Ambassador Award is intended for a person who has made significant contributions to the promotion and understanding of California native plants in urban landscapes or in the wild.

We invite you to submit candidates for a volunteer award at any time of the year. You may submit your nominations here. If you have questions or need help with the nomination process please contact the Leadership Development Committee Chair or Chapter President.


2019 Outstanding Volunteer Award -Toni Gregorio Bunch Toni Gregorio-Bunch Award 2019

For over a decade, Toni Gregorio-Bunch has had a hand in coordinating and managing Chapter activities and administration: Vice President for three terms, volunteer recruiter and coordinator too many times to count, Outreach Coordinator, and Publicity Chair. She was the co-coordinator of our Chapter’s Wildflower Show for several years and the Fall Plant Sale Manager. Even when she is not coordinating an event, she shows up to help: from tabling at many local outreach events, staffing plant sales and the Symposium, and showing off her buckwheat (and more) garden on the Going Native Garden Tour - she’s ‘been there’ for the Chapter.

dang croppedWe hope that you can join us for our annual potluck and meeting. This fun evening begins at 6pm on Saturday, 11/9/2019. Bring your favorite dish, whether it be a salad, main dish, dessert or beverage; it always works out that we have just the right amount of everything! A label identifying your dish will be helpful. Be sure to bring a plate, drinking glass, and eating utensils for yourself, as well as a bag in which to take home unwashed dishes.

The potluck will be followed by our Chapter's annual election, and a vote on the updated Chapter Guidelines. For more information about the guidelines, please see http://www.cnps-scv.org/index.php/15-about-us/363-chapter-guidelines-update-2019. We'll wrap the evening up with a talk by Dan Gluesenkamp, Executive Director, CNPS: 

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