NEWSLETTER OF THE DOROTHY KING YOUNG CHAPTER
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
by Lori Hubbart
The Environmental Partnership composed of four
local environmental groups puts on a potluck
dinner and program every March. Members of
these groups pointed out recently that we are
really preaching to the choir at these events. It is
an occasion for us to show our appreciation for
each other’s efforts and remind ourselves that we
are not really alone in our work.
Still, James Bernard of the Mendocino Land
Trust was right in calling for a different event with
outreach to a broader segment of the public in
the Mendocino/Fort Bragg area. This would be
an ideal way for CNPS to be more visible in that
region, so we’re all for it.
Some sort of environmental fair would be a
venue for our chapter to sell some native plants
in our northern region – not a full-on plant sale –
just enough to raise our visibility.
Do you have suggestions about how this event
should be structured? What should be the theme
or focus? If you would you like to help plan it or
put it on, please let me know.
Speaking of outreach, DKY provided information
at a forum at The Sea Ranch on native plant
gardening. The lively new color membership
brochures were snapped up, and we may even
get some new chapter members.
News about our plant sale
The DKY fall plant sale has become a notable
event in Gualala thanks to Jon Thompson! We
owe so much to Jon for reviving and re-inventing
the plant sale, and to his partner, Roberta Rams,
plant saleswoman extraordinaire, who has
helped out with the plants and brought wonderful
produce to share.
After several years of both coordinating the plant
sale, and growing most of the plants, Jon has
decided to take some well-earned time off after
this fall’s sale. Panic! The sale is a major source
of income for our chapter, so we can’t let it fall by
the wayside. This year the sale is October 14