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Spring Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale

Show & Sale: Saturday, May 6 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), & Sunday, May 7 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Show only: Friday, May 5 (1-5 p.m.),

35rd annual North Coast celebration of wild California plants

At the Jefferson Community Center (1000 B St., Eureka)

Admission free. Wheel chair accessible.


Hundreds of fresh wildflower specimens, both native and non-native .from the fields, dunes, forests, and prairies of Humboldt County 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.

Artists' session, Friday evening, 7-9 p.m. (aka Art Night) Artist Rick Tolley provides material if you need it, congenial atmosphere, and live music. The show provides the subjects to draw or paint.

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 Weed Management Area.

Dune plants. All of your favorite, spring-flowering dune plants are assembled together here by Friends of the Dunes. And some that might not be your favorite, like the prickly sand mat!

Live, local, wild insects. Local author and gardener Pete Haggard always finds some fun, crawly creatures for us to examine up close.

Rare plants of the North Coast. Since we don't pick rare plants (officially rare, listed in the California Rare Plant list), we offer gorgeous photos by our Rare Plant Chair Dave Imper as a continuous loop slide show and some printed photos of rare plants you might actually see in your ramblings.

Ask-an-Expert. Bring a sample or photo of some wild plant that you would like identified. We will do our best!

Plant books and posters will be available for purchase. CNPS sells five different wildflower posters. 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 e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 707-267-0397.

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
  • trees, shrubs, perennials
  • bulbs, succulents, 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 Chris Brant Nursery
  • cash, check, or credit card
  • bring a box to carry home your plants

You Can Help!

To help put on thes fun events, for the show call 707-822-2015 or write This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , for the plant sale call 826-0259 or write This e-mail 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, bring refreshments for volunteers, lead school groups, and clean up! We need people to transport potted plants, move plants, label plants, advise customers, tally purchases, take money, and clean up! We have big and small jobs, indoor and outdoor jobs, public and behind-the-scene jobs. Most tasks require no botanical knowledge.


Friday, May 5 1-5 p.m. Show open (No plant sale)

 7-9 p.m. Art Night: free drawing and painting session with Rick Tolley. Live music .

Saturday, May 6. 10 am-5 p.m. Show open and Native Plant Sale

Sunday, May 1. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Show open and Native Plant Sale

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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