By: Gordon Leppig
With spring in full tilt and the landscape in bloom I am pleased to report that our chapter is also continuing to grow and blossom. The Spring Wildflower Show in May was a smashing success with over 1000 people in attendance. The plant sale at the show was also a great success. A great many people, far too many to mention individually, worked many hours to put this show on. I thank you all for your time and commitment.
On another plant education front I wish to thank John McRae, and Ken Anderson who helped Rita Orlandini, a teacher at Winship Junior High School in Eureka, to develop a program and have a greenhouse built at the school for the propagation of native plants (especially western azalea). For this endeavor, John and Ken have received the illustrious Bouquet floral tribute in the May Econews. Way to go!
In other developments, Carol Ralph has taken on the important position of Treasurer. Thank you Carol! We still have open board positions for sales and vice-president. If interested come to a business meeting or contact me for more information.
It is an understatement to say that our native flora faces many challenges. To find our more about conservation issues regarding native plants and to find template letters to send to various agencies and elected officials on specific issues, please check our website.
Finally, I personally invite you to the CNPS state board meeting held at the Plaza View Room of the Jacobys Storehouse in Arcata on Saturday June 6th. This is a great opportunity to meet CNPS staff and the state board members and to learn more about CNPS and the issues we are facing. See the blurb elsewhere in this issue for more information. I hope to see you there.