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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


Welcome to the Central Puget Sound Chapter (CPS) of the Washington Native Plant Society! We serve all of King County and the southern half of Snohomish County, encompassing native forests, alpine areas, wetlands, coastal areas, streams and a booming population.  The CPS Chapter offers numerous opportunities to discover and protect native plants and their habitats -- close to home.  Whether your interest is in learning all you can about native plants and botany, taking care of native plant habitats at home and beyond, or meeting others who are equally passionate about native plants, the CPS chapter has many ways for you to meet your goals.  Please explore our website, and do not hesitate to contact any of our board members if you would like to jump in or have questions.

Upcoming Programs

Special Feature:

Andy MacKinnon on
"Cool Plants and Their Fungal Friends"


January 24, 2017, 7:00 pm
Bellevue Botanical Garden
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. MacKinnon is a forest ecologist who lives in Metchosin, British Columbia. He is co-author of six best-selling books about plants of western North America, including the popular field guide with Jim Pojar, "Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Central Puget Sound Chapter

 See all upcoming programs and complete information on our new program page.

Central Puget Sound Chapter ~ Calendar of Events

January 2017
      17 CPS Board Meeting, Magnuson Park office Please note date change due to Holiday.
      24 CPS Eastside, Andrew MacKinnon, Bellevue Botanical Garden
 February 2017
      1 Plant Sale committee meeting, 12 noon, location to be determined
      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
      21 CPS Board Meeting, Magnuson Park office Please note date change due to holiday.
      22-26 Northwest Flower and Garden Show
March 2017
1 Plant Sale committee meeting, 12 noon, location to be determined
       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, 12 noon, location to be determined
       6 CANCELLED
17 CPS Board Meeting, Magnuson Park office
25 Richard Ramsden on "Seeking Washington Wildflowers." Bellevue Botanical Garden
       29 Spring Plant Sale, Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island
May 2017
       1 Nursery work party. Contact George Macomber for details: Georgems@98115.net
       4 Linda Vorobik 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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