North Coast CNPS

Wildflower Show

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

MAY 4-5-6, 2018 - Jefferson Community Center
1000 B St., Eureka

Friday 1-5 p.m.  Show only; no plant sale
Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Show and sale
Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.     Show and sale

free admission- everyone welcome


Friday, May 4. 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, including iPad sketching

Saturday, May 5. 10 am-5 p.m.  Show open and Native Plant Sale
                         11 a.m. "Logical Lupines" with Dana York
                         12 noon.  Pete Haggard and his Bucket-o-Bugs

Sunday, May 6.  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Show open and Native Plant Sale
                         11 a.m. "Lovely Lupines" with Brian Dykstra
                         12 noon.  “ Ethnobotanical Legacies of  Wiyot Country” 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: Lupines, a diverse, florific, and important group

        Plant ID: Bring your photos or samples of wild plants for us to identify.

Artists' session, Friday evening, 7-9 p.m. (also known as Art Night)  Artists Annie Reid, Joyce Jonte, and Patricia Sennott will provide creative and congenial atmosphere for artists from beginners to professional to sit down together and draw the flowers of their choice borrowed from the show.  Paper and tools will be provided, or bring your own.  Annie Reid will be available to offer instruction and encouragement to beginners.  Bring your iPad if you are interested in learning field sketching on your tablet.  Please tell us you are coming, 677-0927.

"Logical Lupines" Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. A presentation by Dana York, experienced field botanist, especially in the Sierra Nevada, deserts, and on mountain tops throughout the Klamath Ranges.

Bucket of Bugs. Saturday, May 5, 12 noon.   Local author and gardener Pete Haggard always finds some interesting, crawly creatures for us to examine up close. 

"Lovely Lupines" Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m.  Brian Dykstra, pollination biologist and educator, will answer all your questions about this diverse and exuberant group of flowers.  Where are the stamens?  How is it pollinated? Is it really poisonous?  How do you tell apart the different species? What's this about nitrogen fixing?  Are they easy to grow?  

"Ethnobotanical Legacies of Wiyot Country", Sunday May 6, 12 noon. Adam Canter, Botanist/Natural Resource Technician with the Wiyot Tribe, will highlight culturally important species and plant communities of the Wiyot Tribe’s ancestral territory, found around Humboldt Bay.  From the coastal dune mat and beach pine forest, to our Sitka spruce and grand fir terraces, breathtaking coastal prairie and hazelnut scrublands, and through endless, diverse, and delicious berry bramble thickets, the Wiyot have helped to steward and shape the cultural landscape that is the essence of the North Coast.  Come and learn some of the plant species that contribute to Wiyot culture, some of which in the absence of indigenous land management have become rare or sensitive, or today find themselves in state-listed rare natural communities.  Also, find out what the Tribe is doing to protect and restore its ethnobotanical legacy for the benefit of future generations.

Hands-on Phenology Table. All ages welcome.  Become part of the growing phenology network while observing the plants you love.  Learn to record observations of plant changest through the seasons.  See plants in a new way, through careful observation of what they are doing.  This table will be staffed during busiest hours.

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 and the Humboldt-Del Norte Weed Management Area.

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.

School visits. School classes can sign up to visit to the show on Friday. 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 5 & 6 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

  • thousands of native plants for sale, more than 100 species
  • 14 species of cheerful annuals; also native bulbs
  • trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, grasses
  • experienced gardeners to help you
  • plants from our volunteer nursery and Samara Restoration Nursery, Lost Foods Nursery, Beresford Bulbs, and Mattole Restoration Council, and Chris Brant Landscaping.
  • 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.

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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