North Coast CNPS

Wildflower Show

Wildflower Show & Native Plant Sale
the North Coast celebration of wild California plants

MAY 5-7, 2017 - Jefferson Community Center
1000 B St., Eureka
  - a new location for us!

Friday 1-5 p.m. (no plant sale)
Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

free admission- everyone welcome


Friday, May 5. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. School classes visit
1-5 p.m. Show open to public; no plant sale
7-9 p.m. Art Night: free drawing and painting session with Rick Tolley.

Saturday, May 6. 10 am-5 p.m. Show open and Native Plant Sale
11 a.m.-1 p.m. "Wildflowers in Sequoia Park," walk with Liz McGee
1 p.m. "Bucket of Bugs", Pete Haggard shares live bugs.

Sunday, May 7. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Show open and Native Plant Sale
11 a.m.-1 p.m. "Wildflowers on Hikshari' Trail," walk with Wanda Naylor
12 noon. "Ethnobotany and Land Stewardship of the Wiyot Tribe" with Adam Canter

Find updates and details: Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 707-822-2015


Hundreds of fresh wildflower specimens, both native and non-native, from the fields, dunes, forests, and prairies of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, near and far. Where else can you see eight clover species side-by-side? three trilliums? four Ribes? eleven species in the carrot family? Let our collectors do the driving and leg work. You stroll in to see, smell, and enjoy.

Special feature: Western Azalea display. Learn about this beautiful native shrub and the two local reserves where you can see it.

Artists' session, Friday evening, 7-9 p.m. (also known as Art Night) Artist Rick Tolley provides paper and tools, if you need them, congenial atmosphere, and live music. The show provides the flowers to draw or paint, and artists, from beginners to professionals, sit down together and draw. For beginning artists Annie Reid will demonstrate some technique and coach. Please tell Rick you are coming, 707-498-5228.

Phenology Table. Learn to record observations of plant changes through the seasons. See plants in a new way, through careful observation of what they are doing. You can join the ranks of citizen scientists helping to record plant responses to climate. This is phenology, the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by climate and habitat (alternative definition: the study of how the biological world times natural events). This table will be staffed during busiest hours.

Wiyot Land Stewardship, Sunday May 7, 12 noon. "Ethnobotany and Wiyot Land Stewardship," a presentation by Adam Canter, Botanist/Natural Resource Technician. Adam will discuss Native American land management on the North Coast of California, emphasizing habitats and species important to the Wiyot Tribe.  The California that European settlers encounterd was not primeval wilderness, but had long been managed by the native inhabitants. Adam will explain how European settlement helped shape present day plant communities, and how removing indigenous management from the landscape has contributed to the decline of many early successional habitats and species that are dependent upon disturbance.

 Edible native plants.  See some of Monty Caid's favorite edible, native plants, species you can grow outside your door for your consumption, while providing native habitat for native wildlife.

Invasive plants. Many people are surprised to learn that they harbor in their gardens something that may invade our wildlands. See some of the most troublesome wildland weeds of our area, gathered and presented by Laura Julian, Stephanie Klein, and the Humboldt-Del Norte Weed Management Area.

Bucket of Bugs. Local author and gardener Pete Haggard always finds some interesting, crawly creatures for us to examine up close. See this year's bugs on Saturday, 1 p.m..

Plant books, posters, postcards, and t-shirts will be available for purchase. CNPS sells five different wildflower posters,19 different Dorothy Klein postcards, and a popular t-shirt depicting California Pitcher Plant (by local artist Gary Bloomfield). Northtown Books offers a remarkable selection of plant books--identification, edible or medicinal, exploration, botany, etc.

More! Other displays will include sand dune plants and rare plants. Photos or samples of wild flowers can be identified. Presentations might be added to this schedule.

Guided walks, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, Wildflowers in Sequoia Park. Meet botanist and teacher Liz McGee at T and Glatt Streets, Eureka (at the fountain) to see forest wildflowers in a remnant, second growth, redwood forest.  Sunday, May7, Wildflowers on Hikshari' Trail. Join experienced interpreter and gardener Wanda Naylor at the Elk River Slough Parking area at the end of Hilfiker St., Eureka, to see wildflowers, both native and non-native, along the shore of Humboldt Bay.

School visits. School classes can sign up to visit to the show on Friday. This year's roster is filled, but next year is coming soon!. Contact Barbara: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 707-267-0397.

Join the team! To volunteer to help contact Carol Ralph at 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We need people to collect flowers near and far, identify them, arrange them, set up tables, work shifts at tables, lead school groups, and clean up. Most tasks require no botanical knowledge.

Native Plant Sale

[A partial list of species at a previous sale is at www.northcoastcnps  >Gardening>Native Plant Sales ]

May 6 & 7 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

  • thousands of native plants for sale, more than 125 species
  • lots of cheerful annuals and native bulbs
  • trees, shrubs, perennials
  • ferns, grasses
  • for sun or shade, wet or dry
  • experienced gardeners to help you
  • reference books to consult
  • grown by our volunteers and by Samara Restoration Nursery, Lost Foods Nursery, Beresford Bulbs, and Mattole Restoration Council
  • cash, check, or credit card
  • bring a box to carry home your plants

You Can Help!

To volunteer, contact Chris Beresford at 826-0259 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
We need people to transport potted plants, move plants, label plants, advise customers, tally purchases, take money, and clean up. Most tasks require no botanical knowledge.

Spring Plant Sale features

Native plants can bring interest and color into gardens large or small, or even in pots on the deck, while also providing homes and food for native insects and birds, food for you, and year-round connection to our natural environment. Properly chosen and sited they can also lower your water use and gardening time.

This year's sale offers 17 species of annuals, for color in sunny spots and six perennial, evergreen species from the saxifrage family, for filling shady spaces with foliage and dainty flowers.  Many perennials will be available, from the favorite Red Columbine to the less familiar Coast Angelica. California Pitcher Plant, propagated from a captive source, will be sure to catch attention.

Native bulbs, mostly offered by Beresford Bulbs, will be in profusion. Most of these are edible, as well as producing gorgeous flowers. From the brodiaea group there will be four purple-flowered species, one yellow-flowered, and Firecracker Flower. For diversity from early season to late there will be four species of fawn lilies, two of fritillaria, Pussy Ears, Western Trillium, Brook Wakerobin, and the less-known, easy-growing White Rush-lily. For total excitement there will be five kinds of large lilies, the most familiar being Leopard Lily.

Trees, shrubs, ferns, and grasses in diverse shapes, sizes, and textures will offer the gardener abundant possibilities for creating a native landscape.


Teachers' Resources - these are downloadable .pdf files

Flower parts (12 KB) Flower activities (5 KB)
Pollination (222 KB) Uses of native plants (4 KB)
Five flower types (508 KB) Is it OK to pick wildflowers? (5 KB)






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