Volunteer Native Plant Gardens in Porterville

The Tule River Native Plant Demonstration Garden Project planted seventy-eight native plants on November 9, 2019. The Project hosted a workday at which three gardens were planted.

The Burton School District Garden volunteers planted thirty-four plants in root baskets. All eight species were California Native Plants and were selected to flourish in our climate with minimal irrigation once established. The volunteers moved rocks into place, completed the cleaning of the garden site, built root baskets to protect each plant from gophers, and using the training provided by the project, carefully planted thirty-four native plants.

The Alta Peak Chapter of the California Native Plant Society volunteers added fourteen plants to the garden they had started on November 2, 2019. Alta Peak volunteers also removed seven trees that had died from various causes over the years prior to the groups adoption of the site.

Jesse Bejarano with the help of other group volunteers planted thirty plants in root baskets. His garden design includes sixty-one native plants and was designed as a scent garden.

Volunteers from the three groups plus the Tule River Parkway Association contributed 106 combined hours of labor. This was the biggest single day of planting yet at the project.

The project has garden sites ready to adopt and encourages local groups or families to participate. The project supports the gardens with all needed plants and equipment through a grant partnership with US Fish and Wildlife and the City of Porterville.

The next planting day is Saturday, November 30, from 9 am to noon.
Meet at the Jaye Street parking lot on the south bank of the Tule River at the Jaye Street Bridge.

Cathy Capone — 559-361-9164

[photo via Cathy Capone]


Annual Native Plant Sale — October 5, 2019

Presented by the Alta Peak Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 9 am—2 pm
Three Rivers Arts Center
41763 North Fork Dr., Three Rivers, CA 93271

Bush lupine photo from Melanie Keeley

Because autumn is the best season to plant California native plants, we will once again be bringing to you a wide assortment of beautiful, hardy native plants! More than anyone, our chapter members realize that native plants succeed and thrive in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Well-chosen drought tolerant native plants are survivors, having adapted to this sometimes unforgiving climate. These plants fit both aesthetically as well as physiologically. Each bit of created habitat as well as protected wild lands provide critical food and shelter that sustains the varied wildlife dependent on it.

CNPS members receive a 10% discount on plants and 20% off book purchases. Join HERE.
Pre-Order Plant Sale Forms (for members only) and deposits are due September 14, 2019.
Send pre-orders with deposit to: Alta Peak CNPS, PO Box 217, Three Rivers, CA 93271.
Plant order pick up will be on the day of the plant sale—Saturday, October 5, 2019 after 9 am.

Download pre-order form.

We appreciate your support!

*Please Note: Native plants will also be available for purchase at the Annual Foothills Festival on Saturday November 2nd at River Ridge Ranch in Springville.


Chapter Field Trip on April 13 at 9 am

Wishon Fork out of Springville

This field trip will be a 4.5 mile round trip, with an elevation gain of 1000 ft, moderately strenuous four hour wildflower hike on a dirt road up to the forebay of the Tule River at the Hydroelectric Complex at the junction of Hwy 190 & 208. We expect to see a great wildflower display, and an opportunity to view the regrowth of a recently burned area.

Meet at Springville Community Park in Springville on Hwy 190 at 9:00 am. Bring at least two liters of water and a bag lunch. Chapter field trips are open to everyone.

For more information, contact Cathy Capone 559 361 9164 or cathycaponemail@gmail.com

Upper Tule River, photo from Cathy Capone

DIY Clinic: Landscaping with Native Plants on May 18, 2019

Offered by the Alta Peak Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS)

Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9-2 pm

with California native plant specialists,
Melanie Keeley, CA Native Plant Horticulturist & Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP Botanist

Cathy Capone, Alta Peak Chapter Horticulture Chair and Garden Ambassador

Held at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, location details given with registration

Design your native plant landscape with the help of local experts at this spring workshop on landscaping with drought tolerant native plants. Participants will be treated to an informative, colorful presentation that will highlight the benefits of using native plants in the residential landscape, including principals of landscape design, and how to best combine native plants for compatibility and extended blooming in your landscape.

Following the presentation, participants will be provided drafting supplies and will additionally be given printed handouts and resources to refer to. Students will then be guided by Cathy and Melanie who will help in the selection and arrangement of the best native plants for your situation, giving you a low water, low care garden design of your own.

Native plants can be used to create any style in your garden – from cottage style to formal. You choose the design that suits your house, esthetic, and garden requirements. Design the garden to complement your home and your taste, using California climate-adapted native plants which require a lot less water and maintenance. Switching to native plants saves on water, fertilizer, pesticides, time and effort.

Spring is a perfect time to design a garden. You will have time, ahead of the fall prime planting time for native plants, to prepare your landscape for the change to a low-care, low-water use, pollinator friendly garden.

Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited.

CNPS Members — $55, $45 (early-bird special, enrollment by May 1)
Non-members — $75, ($65 early-bird special, enrollment by May 1)

Contact Melanie Keeley at 559-799-7438 to register.

Native garden photo from Cathy Capone

California Native Plant Week — April 13-21

Did you know that California has more native plant species than any other state in the nation? California’s incredible plant life makes it not only one of the most beautiful places on Earth but also among the most important contributors to the world’s biodiversity. That’s why, in 2010, the California State Legislature designated the third week of April to be California Native Plant Week. 2019’s celebration is April 13-21.

Now, we celebrate this important week each year with a wide variety of events up and down the state, including guided hikes, lectures, native plant sales, garden tours, and more!

When you save plants, you save everything else. That’s the message behind this year’s CA Native Plant Week campaign. Native plants provide vital habitat, food, and ecosystem services for pollinators, wildlife, and humans alike. And every plant matters, especially in California, one of the world’s global biodiversity hotspots. Help us spread the word online with hashtags: #NativePlantWeek #CNPS #bioDIVERSITY. Visit the CNPS campaign landing page and see listings for our many local chapter events around the state.

Tejon in bloom, photo by Nick Jensen, CNPS Southern California Conservation Analyst.

Tejon Ranch in Southern California is under threat by the Centennial development – a proposal to place a city of 55,000 people here despite high wind, fire, and earthquake risk, and the irreplaceable loss of some of our last pre-European grassland habitat.

Citizen Science Field Workshop—March 23

Saturday March 23, 2019 from 9am-12
Tule River Parkway in Porterville

Enjoy the native vegetation along the Tule River and learn how to use Observer Pro, a smart phone app, which provides a platform in which to upload plant observations to CalFlora. The group will meet in the Jaye Street parking lot just south of the Jaye Street Tule River bridge. Cathy Capone will give a brief presentation on CalFlora, the website where the Observer Pro observation data is stored. She will then take the group on a walk in the riparian forest, while demonstrating and coaching participants to input their observations.

To find the location, enter the parking lot while traveling south on Jaye Street immediately after you pass the bridge railing. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Event will be held rain or shine. There are no bathrooms available at the event. The walk will be on a paved path with the option to walk into the natural areas for close observations. The walk is under a mile in length and includes an elevation gain of less than 50 feet.

To make full use of the training, log in to calflora.org and register as a contributor. Then download the Observer Pro app to your phone. There is no charge for the workshop or the app. Cathy Capone is an officer of both the Tule River Parkway Association and the Alta Peak Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

For more information, contact her at 559 361 9164 or tulerivergarden@gmail.com

Native Landscape Planting Guide

With help from Calscape, the Alta Peak Chapter has chosen some native plants that could work well in our local landscaping projects and home gardens.

Here are the pdf files:

Native Landscape Planting Guide to read online HERE.
(note: it may take extra time to load pdf file.)

Native Landscape Planting Guide to print as a hardcopy HERE.
(note: print both sides on one sheet of 11×17 inch paper and fold in half.)