May 21, 2024

Invasive Plants in California:
An Explosion in Slow Motion and the Future of Wildflowers

Do you know which plants at your house and in your neighborhood are invasive species? On Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m., join Redbud Chapter to hear invasives expert Steve Schoenig at General Gomez Arts in Auburn. Learn about the state of invasive plant species in California and what can be done to control them.

In addition to California’s extraordinary diversity of native species, our state also has a large burden of over 1100 naturalized non-native plants. Some are benign and even interesting. But the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) lists over 300 non-natives as invasive. These plants cause immense harm to humans, wildlife and native plant ecosystems.

A short history of both organized and individual control efforts will provide a clear-eyed expectation of what the future of our native flora looks like and how strategic efforts by conservationists can help determine more optimistic outcomes.

Steve Schoenig has been working for 40 years on invasives and native plant botany in California. During his state government career, he supervised the state’s noxious weed eradication program and then supervised the California Natural Diversity Database and vegetation mapping program at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He was on the board of the California Invasive Plant Council for 16 years. He currently serves on the CNPS state board of directors and on the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee.

General Gomez Arts is at 808 Lincoln Way in Auburn. No advance registration is necessary. Event is free and open to the public.


  1. Good morning, I would love to connect with someone regarding your native plant sales. Can I please have a contact?

    1. Hi, Roberta,
      So glad you’d like to know more about our plant sales. We sell mostly (though not only) locally native plants, raised by our volunteers following best management practices for propagation to protect wild native plants. We just had our spring plant sale, and our biggest plant sale is the fall, late September or early October. We may have some plants remaining from the spring plant sale. Reach out to for more information. To get advance notice and info on our future plant sales, just subscribe to our free newsletter, at

      Enjoy those native plants!

    1. We wish we could, but we haven’t yet found anyone who can help us learn how to do this with a live presenter with a presentation of images, so we can record audio and visual presentation simultaneously. We’d love to find someone! We’ve shared this request in our newsletter a couple of times; no takers yet. If you have any suggestions on a potential volunteer who could do this, please let us know. We need someone who can take us through the steps and tech required; once we know this, we can more likely find people willing to learn and do this for specific in-person program.

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