Mar 1-3 – Speaker Carol Bornstein and Field Trips featured at CNPS Chapter Council Meeting

CNPS officers and representatives meet quarterly to discuss the business of the chapter.  South Coast CNPS will host the next meeting from 1 – 3 March, 2024.  There are several opportunities for field trips and local participation in all events is offered.  In lieu of our normal monthly meeting we’ll meet by Zoom on Saturday at 7PM, with speaker Carol Bornstein – see her biography and abstract below.  We ask that all attendees register for in-person activities and/or for Zoom; many of the activities require a head count.

Our monthly Chapter speaker, normally scheduled for Monday March 4, is moved to Saturday, March 2, at 7:00 PM and will be available in person (by prior registration at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center with dinner) or by Zoom.  Friday’s field trip to the Natural History Museum, with Daniel Feldman, Senior Horticultural Manager, is designed to provide context for Saturday’s talk, though one needn’t attend both.  Carol plans to bring copies of California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining the California Lawn:Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs which she co-authored with David Fross and Bart O’Brien.  She will be offering them for sale (cash only please).

Register for Zoom attendance or in-person attendance at all activities at the CNPS Chapter Council web page. Registration planned closing is 2/23 (but check if the deadline has been extended for a couple days).

There is detailed schedule information linked from the registration page, including up-to-date amplified information that covers the following event outline:

Friday, March 1, 2024

0900 – 1100 Field Trip: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Garden 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch – Mercado La Paloma 3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Board of Directors meeting Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PVPLC-led Field Trip I – Cris Sarabia Departing from vicinity of Mary & Joseph Retreat Center
6:00 PM Meet and Greet No-host Dinner and Beer Brouwerij West 110 E 22nd St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Saturday, March 2, 2024

8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Chapter Council at MJRC
5:30 PM Dinner buffet
7:00 PM Speaker Carol Bornstein in person and via Zoom

Sunday , March 3, 2024

6:00 AM – 6:00 PM Catalina Island Field Trip
8:00 – 11:30 AM PVPLC-led Field Trip II – Forrestal Preserve
1:00 – 3:30 PM Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Dana Middle School, San Pedro,


The vibrant Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened to the public in 2013 after several years of planning, design, demolition, and planting. Asphalt parking lots and tired, water-thirsty lawns were transformed into 3.5 acres of habitat for urban wildlife, providing a place for visitors to experience nature in an urban setting and to assist museum scientists in documenting the rich biodiversity found in the Los Angeles Basin. Carol Bornstein, the gardens’ former director, will illustrate this impressive renovation, some of the many plants and animals that comprise this dynamic ecosystem, and describe the various education and research programs happening in this dynamic setting.

Carol Bornstein is one of Southern California’s most highly respected native plant specialists. Throughout her career, she has championed the landscape value of California’s native plants and the benefits of designing gardens in harmony with nature. She co-authored two books, the national award-winning California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining the California Lawn: Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs. As the former Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Carol oversaw the long-term care and development of this 3.5-acre habitat for urban wildlife as well as the Pleistocene Garden at the La Brea Tar Pits. For nearly 30 years, she was horticulturist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, where she managed the living collections, retail nursery, and plant introduction programs.

Carol is responsible for discovering and introducing a number of popular native plant cultivars, including Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’, Corethrogyne filaginifolia ‘Silver Carpet’, and Salvia ‘Pacific Blue’. She continues to advocate for sustainable, regionally appropriate landscaping and to share her knowledge of plants native to California and other mediterranean and dry-climate regions through her teaching, consulting, writing, and garden design work.


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