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"Native Plant Press" December 2016 (Desktop version)

"Native Plant Press" December 2016 (Mobile version)

NOTE: New chapter meeting locations for 2017, view the CPS calendar below.

Back Issues of Native Plant Press

Upcoming Programs                                                                     

Holiday Party and Story Sharing

January 5, 6:30 PM (Doors Open), 7:00 PM (Potluck Begins)
Center for Urban Horticulture

  • Come Together with Native Plant Enthusiasts
  • Honor 2016 Award Recipients
  • Share Inspiration and Ideas for the Year Ahead!
  • It's a Potluck! Beer and wine provided

Each year, the Central Puget Sound Chapter hosts a Holiday Party for members, friends, partners and others to get to know one another or renew old friendships.  Cap off the holiday season with good food, good conversation and good entertainment.

  • It’s a Potluck!  Contact Elizabeth at the WNPS office if you are willing to help with the party as a volunteer, info@wnps.org or (206) 527-3210.  (There are more details on page 7 of the December Native Plant Press.)

Entertainment:  Share stories of amazing native plant or habitat adventures, fascinating lessons learned, success stories in education, conservation and stewardship or that burning question that a room full of botanists might finally be able to answer. Try to stump the crowd! Contact Carter Case (carterdcase@gmail.com) if you want to be part of the line-up!

January 24, 2017 Bellevue Botanical Garden
Andy MacKinnon on
"Cool Plants and Their Fungal Friends"


Botany-Plant ID Workshop with CPS Botanists
6:30 pm

Bellevue Botanical Garden, 7:30 pm
12001 Main Street, Bellevue

During the presentation, MacKinnon will explore the fruitful union of two of his favorite kingdoms: plants and fungi. Fungi have been associated with plants since the earliest plants colonized land, and are requisite partners of almost all of the familiar Pacific Northwest plants.  His talk will focus on a special group of plants known as mycoheterotrophs which lack chlorophyll and derive their nourishment from fungi attached to the roots of a photosynthetic plant.MacKinnon is a forest ecologist who lives in Metchosin, British Columbia. Until his retirement in 2015, he worked for the B.C. Ministry of Forests for three decades, mostly on the coast, where he was responsible for ecosystem classification and mapping and a program of forest ecology research focused on old-growth structure and composition, effects of climate change, and B.C.’s native plants and fungi. MacKinnon has also been involved in defining and implementing ecosystem-based management in Haida Gwaii and British Columbia's Central Coast (the “Great Bear Rainforest”). He has co-taught rain forest ecology field courses in Bamfield (for the University of Victoria) and Haida Gwaii (for University of British Columbia). Andy is co-author of six best-selling books about plants of western North America, including the popular field guide “Plants of the Pacific Northwest.” He’s an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, and a (retired) professional forester and biologist in British Columbia.


 New! Calendar of Events

      15 Award Nominations due. See p. 3 in December Native Plant Press.
      19 CPS Board meeting Magnuson Park office    

January 2017
1 Field Trip Evans Creek Preserve in Sammamish, 9 am to noon. See p. 5 in December
         Native Plant Press.
      2 Nursery work party. Contact George Macomber for details: Georgems@98115.net
      4 Plant Sale committee meeting, Magnuson Park Office 7:00 pm
      5 Program Meeting/Holiday party, Center for Urban Horticulture, where we usually meet.
         For more info or to volunteer: sabaker41@gmail.com
      16 CPS Board Meeting, Magnuson Park office
      24 CPS Eastside, Andrew MacKinnon, Bellevue Botanical Garden
 February 2017
      1 Plant Sale committee meeting, Magnuson Park office, 7:00 pm
      2 Program meeting. Mark Darrach "Floristic Surprises in the Blue Mountains,"
        Mountaineers Program Center, Cascade Room. NOTE NEW LOCATION
      6 Nursery work party. Contact George Macomber for details: Georgems@98115.net
      20 CPS Board Meeting, Magnuson Park office
      22-26 Northwest Flower and Garden Show
March 2017
1 Plant Sale committee meeting, Magnuson Park Office 7:00 pm
       2 Peter Stekel, "Best Wildflower Hikes in Western Washington:
          Mountaineers Program Center, Cascade Room.
5 Nursery work party. Contact George Macomber for details: Georgems@98115.net
       20 CPS Board Meeting, Magnuson Park office
April 2017
       3 Nursery work party. Contact George Macomber for details: Georgems@98115.net
       5 Plant Sale committee meeting, Magnuson Park Office 7:00 pm
       6 Barrie Moss on native plant restoration in Hawaii.
          Mountaineers Program Center, Cascade Room
17 CPS Board Meeting, Magnuson Park office
25 Richard Ramsden on "Seeking Washington Wildflowers." Bellevue Botanical Garden
May 2017
       1 Nursery work party. Contact George Macomber for details: Georgems@98115.net
       4 Linda Vorbik speaking on the Flora of New Zealand. Center for Urban Horticulture
15 CPS Board Meeting, Magnuson Park office
June 2017
1 David Giblin speaking on the Hitchcock revision.
          Mountaineers Program Center, Cascade  Room
       5 Nursery work party. Contact George Macomber for details: Georgems@98115.net
       13 Nancy Kartes, Manager, "Bellevue Botanical Garden Present and Future" and
           give a tour of the Urban Meadow Project.
       19 CPS Board Meeting, Magnuson Park office

Recent Programs

December 1:  Robert Efird and
his work developing an ethnobotanic
garden at Seattle University. 

Botany-Plant ID Workshop w/ CPS Botanists

Center for Urban Horticulture, 7:30 pm
3501NE 41st. Seattle WA

How can native plants be incorporated into the curricula of K-12 schools and universities in Washington State? What can the plants teach us? In his presentation, Dr. Efird will introduce the creation and use of Seattle University’s taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden, and discuss his current project to promote the adoption of native plant gardens in Washington State middle schools.  This program will be extended with a tour of the SU Ethnobotanical Garden, lead by Dr. Efird, in the spring.  In a phrase from the Lushootseed culture, “The Earth
is our First Teacher”.

Rob Efird is an applied cultural anthropologist with a special interest in environmental education and collaborative research with community partners. He is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies in Seattle University’s Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social work and also has an Associate appointment in the Asian Studies Program and in Environmental Studies.  His Ph.D. in Socio-cultural Anthropology was completed at UW in 2004.  He also holds degrees from Yale and Harvard.  Dr. Efird’s current research is focused on children’s environmental learning both in China and here in the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to being an active volunteer on the Discovery Park Advisory Council, Rob also worked with the Seattle University grounds crew and the local Native American community to create the taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden at Seattle University.


November 3: Tim Billo, Sword Fern Die-off in Seward Park: A Research Update

The sleuthing goes on!  For several years now, sword ferns in an area of Seward Park have been dying, and the problem is getting worse.  Dr. Billo will share the work to date to unravel this mystery.  He’ll review the multiple etiologies that have been explored and share the hypotheses the research team has developed.  He will also share the team’s plans for experimental work to test their hypotheses and to identify restoration solutions.  The need for extensive monitoring in Seward and other parks will be discussed.  Finally, Dr. Billo will place this challenge in the context of anthropogenic climate change and other human pressures.

Tim Billo is a Lecturer in the UW Environmental Studies Program.  He received his PhD from the UW Biology department in 2011. His undergraduate degree also, in biology, was earned at Williams College in Massachusetts. Over his career as a biologist he has worked on the ecology and evolution of birds and plants, in both tropical and temperate ecosystems. His current focus is on undergraduate education, including the facilitation of research experiences for undergraduates. His many course offerings include a philosophical summer course in the Olympic Mountains in which they ponder the role of wilderness in the Anthropocene, and among other things, spend time informally monitoring populations of Olympic Mountain endemic plants. Interested folks can learn more at his website: https://timbillo.wordpress.com/



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