Seeking Native Plants
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APRIL CHAPTER MEETING:
Native Pollinators in the Garden by Julie O'Donald
In August, 2012 a rare native bumble bee was discovered in Julie O'Donald's habitat garden in Brier, Washington. The Western Bumble Bee (Bombus occidentalis) was once a valuable and common pollinator in Western Washington but has since largely disappeared from this area. Its re-discovery was exciting and even made the pages of the Seattle Times!
In this program we'll learn the steps Julie took to create the pollinator-friendly garden where (Bombus occidentalils) was found, and we will have a look at some of the native plants beneficial to a variety of native bees, butterflies, and other insects. Julie will explain ways to incorporate these plants into garden and park landscapes. She will also help to identify some of the lesser known pollinators found in Puget Sound gardens and natural areas. A discussion of landscape features which promote healthy pollinator populations and nest site requirements will be included.
Julie O'Donald is a Master Gardener and Backyard Wildlife Habitat Steward with over 30 years of experience creating wildlife friendly gardnes. Photos from Julie's garden were published in Pacific Horticulture's summer 2013 issue and may be viewed online.
|Date & Time||Thursday,April 4th, 2014 at 6:30 PM|
|Location||The University of Washington campus in the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle) in the main hall (NHS Hall). (Map of campus)|
|Contact||Franja Bryant email@example.com|
In 1976, a group of University of Washington scientists and local plant enthusiasts joined to form the Central Puget Sound Chapter of WNPS. Now we are the largest chapter of WNPS, and our over 900 members include avid gardeners, plant novices, hikers, photographers, teachers, students, professional botanists, and other people interested in the native plants and vegetation of the Pacific Northwest.
Run by volunteers, the CPS Chapter engages in a range of education and conservation activities. The Chapter publishes a monthly newsletter. It also provides monthly programs on topics related to native plants, and offers free plant identification workshops before the monthly program. The Chapter offers regular field trips to various botanical locations throughout the western part of the state. In addition, members work with schools and other organizations to increase public awareness of the importance of native plants and their environment.
The CPS Chapter Stewardship Program encourages member leadership and participation in projects that restore, protect, maintain and/or educate the public about native plants and native plant habitats. Stewardship grants are available annually to support these projects.
Most every year, the CPS Chapter conducts the Native Plant Stewardship Program. Participants receive free training in native plant-related issues and, in return, provide volunteer service in their community. This program began in 1996, and has now trained more than 350 native plant stewards in King and Snohomish Counties. The stewards are involved in education, conservation and urban forest, riparian and wetland restoration projects throughout the Puget Sound region, recording over 67,000 volunteer hours.
Twice a year the Chapter sponsors major plant sales which are its main fundraising effort. In addition, CPS has a native plant salvage program and manages a native plant nursery.
The CPS Board meets once a month, except during July and August, and recent minutes of Board meetings can be viewed at CPS Board Meeting minutes links below: