Young silver bush lupines, Lupinus albifrons, in the nursery © Margaret Widdowson
Shasta Chapter native plant sales are a great place to buy plants that naturally occur in our area but are not found in commercial garden centers.
Shasta Chapter is proud to have been growing and selling native plants since 1984. The Chapter is equally proud to use plant sale revenues for scholarships, grants, and donations. Our proceeds support our Chapter Scholarship, our Acorn and Oak Tree grants, Northern California Botanists’ Shasta Chapter-sponsored research scholarship, donations to local organizations that are aligned with our values, and more!
Each decade has brought more and bigger changes to how we grow plants, from initially growing them at volunteers’ homes, to currently growing them in our Chapter Nursery, hosted by Shasta College’s horticulture department. In 2018, a major upgrade occurred when we started implementing CNPS’s best management practices (BMPs) to reduce the risk of Phytophthoras and other pathogens, resulting in healthier plants.
When Plant Sales are Held
Shasta Chapter’s native plant sales are very popular. Generally held twice a year, in spring and fall, the current pandemic and drought-driven water restrictions have caused some operating changes. Our membership is kept abreast of the situation via this website and our blog at shasta-cnps.org.
How Our Plants are Grown
Most of Shasta Chapter’s plants are propagated by volunteers from seeds or cuttings from locally sourced plants. Our Chapter’s plant propagation sessions are a good time for volunteers to get together, learn from each other, and grow plants.
We implement BMPs (better management practices) for healthier plants, and we never use neonicotinoids (pesticides causing decline in bees).
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