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 

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

Artists' session, Friday evening, 7-9 p.m. (also known as Art Night)  Artists Annie Reid, Joyce Jonte, and Patricia Sennott will provide 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.  For beginning artists Annie Reid will demonstrate some technique and coach.  Please tell us you are coming, xxx-xxxx

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

Ethnobotany and Wiyot Land Stewardship, a presentation by Adam Canter, Botanist/Natural Resource Technician with the Wiyot Tribe.

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.

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 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.


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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