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The California Native Plant Society home page. The C.N.P.S. is a nonpartisan,
extremely effective allvolunteer organization with chapters
in all parts of the state dedicated to native plants. They sponsor talks,
research and actions designed to encourage the appreciation and protection
of our natural flora and ecosystems. If you are concerned about our
flora, you cannot get more "oomph" for your
dollar or minute of time than by joining C.N.P.S.
Our local C.N.P.S. chapter (Redbud, covering Nevada and Sierra counties)
website. We have frequent meetings and field trips, opportunities to
help out, and twiceyearly plant sales that feature native and
Mediterranean plants (including our bulbs). The spring sale is usually
held at the Sierra Community College site in Rocklin, the autumn sale
at the Sierra Community College site in Grass Valley. You will not only
be able to buy beautiful plants with low water needs, but the sales
are an important source of support for the local chapter programs, and
this is a painless way to contribute. This is a very friendly and knowledgeable
group of people, you will have fun! You can contact your local
chapter through the state organization above.
This organization has many seedsaving ideas and equipment. We
find their doubleseal seed storage containers in various sizes
to be the very best. These containers will last the rest of your life!
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, P.O.B. 170, Earlysville, VA 22936 (804)
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, based here in Grass Valley, has been supplying
organic gardeners and farmers for 25 years with everything they need
to succeed, no matter what their scale, from packets to truckloads.
They have a comprehensive and educational mailorder catalog, produced
once a year, with a Fall Supplement. These guys are both friendly and
extremely knowledgeable. 110 Spring Hill Drive, P.O.Box 2209, Grass
Valley, CA 95945. 1-888-784-1722 toll free.
The International Bulb Society, whose purpose is to disseminate useful
information about bulbs from around the world. Membership benefits include
seed exchanges, a newsletter (Bulbs), regular publications (Herbertia),
discussion forums, meetings and exhibitions, and book reviews.
North American Rock Garden Society, which encourages the study and cultivation
of wildflowers that grow well amongst rocks, whether such plants originate
above the tree line or at lower elevations. Membership benefits include
Rock Garden Quarterly, a seedlist, and book service. They also publish
their own books (they have a great one on North American lilies, including
propagation tips). The seeds of many native bulbs are available here.
A native plant nursery in central California that is a really excellent
source of information on gardening with natives.
A native bulb nursery on the north coast of California that has a great
selection of bulbs, from California natives to South African. Run by
Greg Greger and his wife sell native plants seeds responsibly hand–collected
from 500' to 8000' in and around Plumas County, CA.
Greg will tell you the general location and elevation
of his seed; very helpful to know!
Note: Ron Ratko of Northwest Native Seed has retired,
unfortunately. We miss him.
This site has precipitation maps for each of the United States. You
need a color printer for useful printouts.
For Northern California, click: www.wrcc.dri.edu/pcpn/ca_north.gif
For Southern California, click: www.wrcc.dri.edu/pcpn/ca_south.gif
For Oregon, click: www.wrcc.dri.edu/pcpn/or.gif
Visit with Louise Lacey, who also publishes the
print magazine "Growing Native", a periodical devoted exclusively
to growing California Native plants. The website is more on the philosophical
side, while the magazine leans towards the nitty-gritty. Both the website
and magazine are great resources; if you're new to the field and keen,
this is for you. If you think you already know it all, prepare to be
Reny Parker has built a wonderful native wildflower photo site, with
a strong emphasis on Northern California species. The photos are linked
to a database, which means you can search by common name or scientific
name for your favorites. She has also included excellent gardening information.
California Native Plant Link Exchange. This is an incredible resource
if you are looking for California Native plants of all kinds. Well organized,
fast, with links to photographs, sources, geographical areas where found,
and much more. For any given plant, it even tallies how many other sources
there are in the database.
Plants For A Future is a very useful site if you want to know some detailed
uses of plants and parts of plants.
If you are interested in permaculture, this is a very good starting
place. The site is organized by the publishers of Permaculture Activist
magazine, PO Box 5516, Bloomington, IN 47407. Both Nancy and Ames have
received Permaculture Design certificates after completing a course
with the Regenerative Design
Institute , and are interested in integrating native bulbs into
Lastly, this is a very useful link for everyone: how to deal with spam.
Extremely practicalyou will definitely learn something here, and
maybe even save your sanity!