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Faculty, students, staff and the general public are invited to monthly chapter meetings. For more information contact Franja Bryant, Program Chair, at 425-562-0353.

Central Puget Sound

SEPTEMBER CHAPTER MEETING

September 4th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Revising Hitchcock and Cronquist's Flora of the Pacific Northwest " with David Giblin of the UW Herbarium.

Originally published in 1973, Hitchcock and Cronquist's one-volume Flora of the Pacific Northwest has been the authoritative field guide and technical manual for the region's flora for the past 40 years.  Despite the passage of time, Flora of the Pacific Northwest remains an outstanding scholarly work and continues to serve as a model for how to produce a regional flora.  Nevertheless, recent advances in plant classification, the discovery of new species, and the arrival of new non-native plants have collectively contributed to the decline in the usefulness of this outstanding book.

 

The University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum is in the process of producing a revised Flora of the Pacific Northwest.  The project draws upon extensive field work by Herbarium staff over the past 20 years and unprecedented online access to plant specimens from nearly 30 Pacific Northwest herbaria.  David Giblin will provide an overview of the project and repont on progress made to date.

 

David Giblin has been the Collections Manager at the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum since 2002.  He has led over 125 plant collecting trips throughout the Northwest to document plant diversity and the distribution of that diversity.  He is co-author of Alpine Flowers of Mt. Rainier, Alpine Flowers of the Olympic Mountains, and the Washington Wildflowers app for smartphones and tablets.

 
Date & Time Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM (Come an hour early to socialize and meet other members or bring in your plant sample mysteries and questions).
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 franjabryant@hotmail.com

 
   

Plant Identification Workshop

The Central Puget sound Chapter offers regular plant identification workshops to help members improve plant ID skills. While the Workshop is oriented primarily toward beginners, anyone who wants to work on improving keying skills or their familiarity with the northwest flora is welcome.  Our main objectives are practice with technical identification keys, familiarity with plant families, and recognition of common northwest species.  No prior experience is necessary; the only requirements are interest in the topic, patience with beginners if you are an old hand, and patience with old hands if you are a beginner.  If you have them, bring a hand lens and a copy of Hitchcock or another favorite plant book.  You are encouraged to bring unknown plants for identification. We will have plenty of material and tools if you come empty handed.  CPS botanists will be the instructors.

Date            Thursday, September 4th, 2014; 6:00 PM  
Location      Center for Urban Horticulture - Main Hall

                   University of Washington Campus

                   3501 NE 41st Street

                   Seattle, WA 98195

 
   

September 16th, 2014

Central Puget Sound: Eastside Branch Program

"Plant Propagation on a Shoestring"

Presented by Jeanie Taylor:

Native plant propagation expert and owner of Taylor Gardens

If your green thumb is itching to get to work, this native plant propagation talk and hands-on seed demonstration will get you started. Jeanie Taylor will discuss some simple rules of seed propagation. Beginning with seed collection and processing guidelines, her talk and demonstration will include how to handle different types of fruits and how to extract and clean seeds. She will also provide basic information on seed dormancy, and why knowledge of this is important in the germination of native plant seeds.

 
Date & Time

Tuesday, September 16, 7:30pm

Location

Redmond Regional Library Meeting Room #1

15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond

   
Contact Franja Bryant franjabryant@hotmail.com

Upcoming ProgramAttracting Birds with Native Plants

by Connie Sidles, local author and Seattle Audubon Society field trip leader

Coming January or February 2015 ---date and location to be determined. 

Watch for details in the Native Plant Press, on our Facebook page, and in upcoming emails. (If you would like to have your name added to our Eastside email list, contact franjabryant@hotmail.com.)