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Monterey Bay Chapter - California Native Plant Society


The California Native Plant Society ("CNPS") is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1965 by people with an interest in California's native plants, and whose mission is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants.

The Monterey Bay chapter of the California Native Plant Society ("MBCNPS") was founded in 1966 to serve Monterey and San Benito counties. Membership in the chapter is open to anyone interested in native plants. Both members and non-members are welcome to join us in activities such as general meetings with lectures, restoration workdays, and most field trips.


Upcoming Events

2015 Annual CNPS Fall Plant Sale
Saturday October 3, 10:00am to 1:00pm, Hilton Bialek Habitat
Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel CA

Come buy locally-adapted native plant species and cultivars, and browse our large selection of books on gardening with California natives. Local plant experts will be available to answer questions. Shopping begins at 10:00am, and some species sell out very quickly, so arrive around 9:45 to view the selection. The preliminary plant list has been posted here, last updated on October 2 at 10:00PM.. More information...


17th Annual Central California Invasive Weed Symposium
Save the Date: November 5, 2015. Peace United Church, Santa Cruz, CA

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Recent Events

General Meeting: Ferns of the Bay Area
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:00 pm - Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Deanna Giuliano will discuss the diverse array of ferns that inhabit the varied ecosystems in the Bay Area, from San Francisco to Monterey. Ferns are very attractive, and are adapted to many types of habitats. More information...


Chapter Potluck Picnic
Sunday, July 12, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Whispering Pines Park in Monterey

Join CNPS members and guests Sunday, July 12, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for our Monterey Bay Chapter CNPS potluck picnic! More information...


2015 Wildflower Show
Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

The Monterey Bay chapter of the California Native Plant Society invites you to our 2015 Wildflower Show. In addition to the diverse display of over 600 species of wildflowers, there will be a number of lectures, workshops, demonstrations, and other opportunities to learn about and enjoy wild and native plants. More information...


General Meeting: Ocean Friendly Native Garden Design
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm - Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Peigi Duvall will discuss the various ways we can employ native plant adaptation strategies in our gardens no matter the microclimate. More information...


General Meeting: The Permaculture Response to Drought
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 7:00 pm - Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

In his talk, Ken Foster will discuss how the design science of permaculture can turn problems into solutions and design constraints into opportunities, providing innovative water conservation strategies and solutions. More information...



Last Updated on Saturday, 03 October 2015 04:57