Monterey Bay Chapter

California Native Plant Society

See the About us  page for more information about the chapter and its activities and links to the chapter’s newsletter.  The main areas of the chapter’s activities appear below.

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 (“MB-CNPS”) was founded in 1966 to further the preservation and conservation of the native flora and plant communities of Monterey and San Benito counties. Our goal is to increase understanding, appreciation, enjoyment, and preservation of California native plants in their natural habitats through scientific activities, education, conservation, horticulture and stewardship.

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.

Activities & Education

These include the general meetings and regular field trips.  They also include the annual Wildflower Show (one of the largest of its kind in the world) and the annual Native Plant Sale.  It also has an active Gardening with Natives section.

Conservation

The chapter has since its inception been actively involved in conservation issues including some, particularly those affecting environmentally sensitive areas like Fort Ord and the Del Monte Forest; these have been ongoing for many years and are still active.

Local Plants

Since its creation, the chapter has been concerned to extend its knowledge of the local plants, and to make that knowledge publicly available through the publication of books, the creation of websites devoted to the local flora, and by various other means.

The Wallflower

See our current newsletter for details of the next general meeting and upcoming field trips

Current Newsletter

Bluff Lettuce (Dudleya farinosa)

Poaching of succulents

The summer and fall of 2018 saw large-scale poaching of succulents (especially Bluff Lettuce (Dudleya farinosa)) from our public lands to be shipped overseas for sale. Please contact the authorities if you see it happening. Click here for more information.

The problem is continuing – as can be seen from this article in the Monterey County Herald on 8th February 2019.