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California Native Plant Society

Santa Clara Valley Chapter

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The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society covers Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo. Want to learn more about native plants? Support California's biodiversity? Join us! We welcome CNPS members and the public at our virtual and in-person activities.

The Chapter's Online Nursery Store is a great place to buy plants and more (delivery and pickup available)

Our Native Plant Lecture Series includes a wide variety of talks with a native plant focus. You can view past talks on our YouTube channel. 

The Lake Cunningham Native Plant Garden provides opportunities to preserve and restore native plants


To receive weekly updates about our upcoming events, please join our Chapter News list. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.You can also learn about events on our Chapter's Facebook page and Meetup group

Activities such as Keying With Natives are on hiatus until health ordinances make it practical to hold them again.  All nursery workdays and some restoration activities (Edgewood and Alum Rock) are being held on a restricted basis until further notice.

Help Wanted!

Volunteering for CNPS is a great way to express your support for preserving California’s incredibly rich plant life. The Chapter is in need of a Field Trip Chair and help with our virtual events,. We are looking for people to fill these important volunteer roles.  For more information, contact Stephen Buckhout, Chair of the Leadership Development Committee, (408) 255-6233 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS

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The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and how to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture, and land stewardship.

The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS covers Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo County. It offers activities focusing on the many aspects of native plants, from gardening, plant identification, and photography to conservation and rare plants. Activities include talks and lectures and workshops, field trips, native plant sales, wildflower show, restoration workdays, and more. The chapter was founded in 1972; more history can be found here.

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2022 Chapter Guidelines Proposed Revision

Our Chapter guidelines define the basic rules and policies for the Chapter’s organization and activities. During the pandemic, we discovered that we had included requirements such as holding four general meetings each year that were not possible to follow under the circumstances in which we found ourselves. Revisions to the current guidelines require a vote of the membership which makes it difficult to address problems like this in a timely fashion.

Our Board approved a proposed revision to the current guidelines to address these and other issues found since our last major update in 2019. The most significant change in the revised guidelines moves authority to make updates to the Chapter’s guidelines from a vote of the membership
to our Chapter’s board. Other changes include:

  • Updating the Chapter’s Fiscal Year. Our Chapter’s fiscal year is currently the calendar year. The Chapter is required to provide annual reports to the CNPS state office at the end of the state office’s fiscal year, which runs from April 1 through March 31. This change aligns our Chapter’s fiscal year with the state organization to simplify reporting.
  • Updating the leadership term to run from June 1 of the election year through the following May 31. This change means that the leadership team in charge of the annual report to the state office is the same team that led the Chapter during the majority of the reporting period.
  • Updating the definition of Chapter membership to remove references to categories that no longer exist (Family memberships) and other membership processes outside of Chapter control.
  • Updating the composition of the Executive Committee. The Executive committee will include all officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Chapter Council Delegate, Past President and Recording Secretary).
  • Merges the Nominating Committee’s responsibilities into the Leadership Development Committee
  • Removes the requirement to hold a specific number of membership meetings each year. Changes the Chapter’s election format from an inperson election to an electronic one. Our Chapter has around 1,000 members at the moment. Switching to an electronic election allows broader membership participation.

The General Membership will vote on these revisions during our annual meeting on October 8. The guidelines will become effective immediately after ratification by the membership. That will extend the term of the current leadership team through May 31, 2023 and will move our next Chapter Officer election from November, 2022 to February, 2023. You may download the revised guidelines from our Chapter website. For more information please contact Radhika Thekkath at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CNPS Conference Scholarships Available

conference logo2022 a 400The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS is offering scholarships to cover the cost of registration for the 2022 CNPS Conference in San Jose from October 20-22. Any student attending junior college, college, or university or residing within Santa Clara and southern San Mateo Counties may apply. Scholarship recipients will be expected to submit a short conference report covering their top insights from the conference. Applications are due by September 15, 2022. Scholarship recipients will be registered for the conference by CNPS SCV, and should not register themselves. Recipients who are not current members of CNPS will also receive a one year student membership to CNPS.

To apply, fill out this form.

2020 General Meeting - November 14th

Chapter Members -- please join us for a virtual annual potluck. Cook your favorite food and remember when we could meet in person. Starting at 4:00pm, our Chapter’s General Meeting will include our annual election and recognition of volunteers, Fellows and others. Please watch your email for the Zoom invitation. The meeting will be followed by a talk at 5:00pm

Doug TallamyNature’s Best Hope, A talk by Doug Tallamy

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current land management practices have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Doug Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can and must ̶ take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 103 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug’s new book, Nature’s Best Hope, released by Timber Press in February 2020, is a New York Times Best Seller.

The general public is invited to watch on Youtube starting at 5pm November 14, 2020.

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Upcoming Events

Sat Oct 08 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Chapter’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, Annual Meeting and Fall Plant Sale
Tue Oct 11 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Conservation Committee
Tue Oct 18 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
CNPS SCV Board Meeting
Thu Oct 20 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
CNPS 2022 Conference
Fri Oct 21 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
CNPS 2022 Conference
Sat Oct 22 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
CNPS 2022 Conference