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California Native Plant Society

Santa Clara Valley Chapter

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Growing and Appreciating California Succulents in Gardens and in the Wild 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 07:30pm

A few pieces of California native succulents from a CNPS wildflower show prompted geologist and restorationist Paul Heiple to add many California natives to his large collection of “foreign” succulents. Soon he was deep into dudleyas, sedums, lewisias, cacti and yuccas. Paul will share the excitement of finding these beautiful plants in the wild and he will explain how he grows them.

Paul Heiple is the Grassroots Ecology Botanist Emeritus. A retired petroleum geologist who spent his career exploring for oil in the Williston Basin of North Dakota, he now focuses on the smaller landscapes of Jasper Ridge and nearby Pearson-Arastradero Preserve and Edgewood Preserve. Paul has served as chair of the Conservation Committee of the Town of Portola Valley, co-chair of the San Mateo County Weed Management Area and as our Chapter’s Treasurer. He is active with the California Invasive Plant Council and mentors local Boy Scout troops. He also leads the long-running, effective weed warrior effort at Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve, a famous serpentine grassland reserve near Redwood City.

How to attend: Most of our lectures take place Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. Our talks are live- streamed simultaneously to Zoom and YouTube. To view talks, watch our YouTube channel at (no registration needed) or join on Zoom by registering at the Zoom link provided in each lecture’s description. Recordings of past talks can also be viewed on our YouTube channel.

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Upcoming Events

Sat Jul 20 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Sat Jul 20 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Community Work Day at the Native Plant Garden in Kirk Park
Tue Jul 23 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Native Plant ID
Thu Jul 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Gardening for Monarch Butterflies, a talk by Shelkie Tao
Fri Jul 26 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Fri Jul 26 @ 7:00PM - 08:50PM
Photography Group - Photo Sharing Meeting
Sat Jul 27 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Sat Jul 27 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Community Work Day at the Native Plant Garden in Kirk Park
Wed Jul 31 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Flowers as Islands, a talk by Tadashi Fukami
Fri Aug 02 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration