President’s Message, June 2022

Pipevine swallowtail butterfy on Cleveland sage in Susan Libonati-Barnes’ garden, May 30, 2022. © Susan Libonati-Barnes

By Susan Libonati-Barnes

Dear Members:
I love this natural world of ours and am proud that we are sharing that love with Shasta Chapter CNPS members, old and new, and the general public of our area.

I love that my large Cleveland sage (vintage about 2005) not only supports wild pipevine swallowtail butterflies and wild carpenter bees, but also domesticated honeybees, pollinators of human crops.

I love that the Propagation and Plant Sales teams grew and sold a host of plants, such as milkweeds, specially adapted to tempt and support butterflies and other pollinators.

I am thanking Shasta Chapter Board and members for carrying on through the pandemic, and now, in the face of water restrictions. Although we made a clean sweep of plants this spring, I am looking forward to starting afresh.

I am writing on Memorial Day, remembering those who have passed, but feeling very grateful for those who are here.

To everyone who loves wild plants, I wish you a summer full of walks and wildlife and woodland wonders. ~Susan Libonati-Barnes, President

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