The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society serves Sacramento, Yolo, Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba Counties, and parts of Placer and San Joaquin Counties.
Our dear friend and fellow plant lover Mike Finan passed away unexpectedly on February 28th. He is lovingly remembered; he is sorely missed. We will have a moment of silence for him at our March 11th meeting. The celebration of life for Mike will be held on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the CSUS Alumni Center on the California State University, Sacramento campus. There is a large parking lot at the center and parking will be prepaid. This link is for a PDF of driving directions to the Alumni Center: LINKDonation information information can be found HERE.
The mission of CNPS is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats, through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship .
Our chapter meetings are free and the public is invited to attend. Meetings are start at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (January - June and September - November) at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, 95816. GOOGLE MAP
A wide selection of books and Sacramento Valley Chapter t‑shirts are available for purchase at meetings. Refreshments are always provided!
Wednesday, April 8th, 7:00pm
Diversification of Ceanothus in California By Dylan Burge
Ceanothus is one of the best known groups of shrubs in western North America, especially California. It is appreciated by naturalists for the color it lends to spring landscapes, by horticulturists and gardeners for the variety and beauty of its cultivars, and by botanists for its interesting diversity of form and ecology. There are about 53 species Ceanothus, all restricted to North America. Though the genus is widespread in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the center of diversity is in our very own state of California.
Like many diverse groups of plants with a highly restricted geographic distribution, Ceanothus has an interesting origin story. In fact, like many good things, the origin story of Ceanothus begins in western North America, particularly California. But until recently, this story was shrouded in mystery, locked up in the genomes of wild plants. Fortunately, recent research has shed some light on the evolution of Ceanothus, suggesting how and when the genus diversified, how new species of Ceanothus evolve, and how hybridization and extreme soil chemistry may play a role in the ecology of this remarkable genus. It also confirmed that Ceanothus is awesome.
Dylan Burge grew up in rural northern California, where he developed a love for biodiversity very early on. He attended UC Davis and Duke University. He has conducted post-doctoral research in Australia and British Columbia, and done field work around the world. In addition to botanical research, he likes to spend time hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail, and taking photographs of plants in the wild. He is also “totally obsessed with Ceanothus."