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September - November 2009

Upcoming Monthly Programs

Monday, September 14 Doors open 7:15 Program starts 7:30 PM

California Native Plants That Grow Well in Our Area
Speakers: Ric Dykzeul, Tony Baker Horticulture Co-Chairs, South Coast Chapter

Tony and Ric will discuss California Native plants that grow well in our area. Their discussion will include
some of the plants that will be available at our annual Plant Sale on Friday, October 2 (members only)
and Saturday, October 3. Come join us to learn which plants will do well in this area, their care and
maintenance. Remember Fall is for planting.

Monday, October 5 - Doors open 7:15 Program starts 7:30 PM

The Role of Native Plants in Watershed Management
Speaker: Edward Belden of the Los Angeles & San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council
Project Manager, Elmer Avenue Sun Valley Neighborhood Retrofit

The Elmer Avenue Sun Valley Neighborhood Retrofit is a multiple benefit project that will increase
groundwater recharge, reduce neighborhood flooding, and improve water quality, through infiltration
galleries, bio-swales, and other low-impact development (LID) techniques. The use of native plants and
local materials has been encouraged throughout the design and construction of the project.

Edward will bring visuals to demonstrate how individual property owners can involve native plants in a
strategy to capture their own runoff and reduce the stress on our local environment.

Monday, November 2 - Doors open 7:15 Program starts 7:30 PM

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Vegetation Surveys
Speaker: Leslie Buena or Lily Verdone

Join us to discuss the latest developments at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and share
the results of the vegetation surveys conducted this year

Location: South Coast Botanical Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula,
Classroom closest to the garden entrance.
Special Offers for the
California Native Plant Sale

Special Preview Night for Members Only

Friday October 2, 2009 5 PM – 7 PM
South Coast Botanic Garden
Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door
RSVP by September 25 - Purchase tickets at South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

This year our chapter will be participating in the Preview Night for Members Only. This event is only open to
SCBSF and CNPS members. Avoid the rush and get first pick of sale plants. Admission includes light hors
d’oeuvres and a glass of wine. Proceeds from the event support the ongoing Plant Identification and labeling
project at the South Coast Botanic Garden.

Preorder Native Plants

We are pleased to announce that you will be able to preorder selected California Native Plants that can be
picked up at our Annual Plant Sale. We will have a list of plants that we will be selling at our Monday Program
Meeting, September 14. Orders must be placed by Saturday September 18.

Get your orders in to Ric Dykzeul.

Plants orders are subject to their availability for the sale.

Point Vicente Native Plant Garden

Scenic Gardening Day

Dates to be Determined – 9:30 AM - noon
Point Vicente Interpretive Center - 31501 Palos Verdes Dr. W., Rancho Palos Verdes

Our native plant garden at the Point Vicente Native Plant Garden in Rancho Palos Verdes is maintained
by volunteers. Join us in sprucing up this lovely garden overlooking the ocean with other members of our
chapter. Bring your gloves and a sun hat. If you have hand pruners or small loppers they can be helpful.
A large container to hold trimmings is helpful too. Odds for pleasant coastal breezes are better there than
just about anywhere else! We usually schedule volunteer work days once a month during the fall. Check
our website for schedule updates.

If you are interested in volunteering at this garden overlooking the ocean and would like to be on our
email distribution list please call Barbara.
Conze Bequest
The South Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has received a bequest of $392,000 from
the Vincent Conze Living Trust.

Although this bequest has been discussed at South Coast Chapter meetings and around the local
community, the Board realizes many chapter members are not yet aware of this event. In the interest of
full disclosure and transparency, the Board is providing additional details and a summary of actions taken
to date.

The Trust document states simply that the bequest is for “Native Plant Garden Projects” and the Board
discussed preliminary ideas to honor this intent at a special retreat on June 19th and August 24th, 2009.
The Board has made no substantive decisions about specific use of the bequest, and anticipates the
information gathering, analysis and proposal process to continue into the foreseeable future. Member
input is welcome.

Elaine Conze was one of the 22 charter members who founded the South Coast Chapter in 1982. She
was active with the Chapter through the late 1990s and passed away January 12, 2008 at the age of 97.
Elaine, her husband Andy and Andy’s brother Vincent ran the famous Conze Brothers speed shop and
garage which had a great impact on the automotive scene in California.

Andy and Vincent were born in San Francisco and moved to South Los Angeles in the 1920’s. Elaine
was born in Illinois and moved to California in 1934. She met Andy at a boat race in Long Beach and
they were married in 1937. After World War II ended, the Conze Brothers and their friend C.B. Phillips
took a gamble and established the Conze Machine Shop. Now that the war was over, there was time and
resources to devote to racing cars for pleasure again. They were pioneers in automotive innovation.
Vince preferred to build and maintain the cars, while Andy managed the teams and Elaine handled the
day to day business of the shop. The Conze’s were very generous with their ideas and resources. Vince
never married, and Andy and Elaine never had any children of their own. They were very generous to the
community and left large bequests to the South Coast Chapter of the Native Plant Society, the Palos
Verdes Library, the Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center and the South Coast Botanical gardens.

For more information, see www.sccnps.org / About Us / Announcement regarding Conze Bequest.

South Coast CNPS Website Has Been Redesigned

Have you visited our website recently? It had been completely redesigned and updated. Please visit at:
http://www.sccnps.org. There are many items that do not fit into our newsletter and are available on our
website. The website will be updated frequently so please check it often. Previous newsletters can also
be found on the website. Thank you to David Sundstrum for his help in making our website a useful
resource for all plant lovers.

Local Sites and Activities

Please note that due to space limitations we cannot list all local activities. Please visit their web sites:

George F Canyon: http://www.pvplc.org/land/georgefcanyon/

Madrona Marsh: http://www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com/naturecenter.htm

Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve: http://gardenawillows.org/

Sand Food
By Ivan Snyder

An activity involving native plants that all of us enjoy is plant hunting. It’s especially fun to find
something which few people have seen or know about. One oddity I’m sure few have seen is Sand Food
(Pholisma arenarium). This plant is uncommon anywhere and extremely rare on the Palos Verdes
Peninsula. On the peninsula it is restricted to the fine sandy soil of the Malaga Dunes. Angelika
Brinkmann-Busi and I were botanizing the area a few years ago when I first encountered the plant.
Actually, all we found then was the remains of a single dead flower top. I visited the site many more times
before I actually witnessed it in flower.
Sand Food is a parasitic plant with only the flowering parts appearing above ground. It attaches itself
to the roots of another plant which also is rare on the peninsula, Mock Heather (Ericameria ericoides).
Sand Food gets its name from the native tribes of the desert who used the plant as food. I suppose it was
food to them which magically appeared on the sand similarly as the mysterious biblical manna from
Heaven. I will never sample it myself since it is so rare. I have only seen it flowering in two patches and
suspect there are only two individual plants there.
Earlier this year I checked the site and saw the soon to flower stout asparagus-like sprouts under the
Mock Heather. Several days later I visited the site with friends Ed and Megan Read and we found the
plants flowering. Megan with her ever ready camera shot this rare photo.

Photo by Megan Read

Calendar of Events

Saturday, Sunday September12, 13, 2009

CNPS Chapter Conference Meeting, San Diego at Balboa Park
Saturday 8AM to 4:30PM , 8AM to Noon

Saturday, September 12
FREE Ocean Friendly Garden Workshop
Check-In 8:30 AM, Workshop 9:00 AM – Noon
Presented by West Basin Municipal Water District
Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center
31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes

Monday, September 14, 2009

Program Meeting – 7:30 PM
California Native Plants That Grow Well in Our Area
Ric Dykzeul and Tony Baker
Horticulture Co-Chairs, South Coast Chapter

Friday, October 2, 2009

Plant Sale 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Annual Plant Sale – Friday Night Preview (Members Only)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Plant Sale 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Annual Plant Sale

Monday, October 5, 2009

Program Meeting – 7:30 PM
The Role of Native Plants in Watershed Management
Edward Belden
Project Manager, Elmer Avenue Sun Valley Neighborhood Retrofit
Plant Sale – remaining stock (if any)

Saturday October 24, 2009

Plant Sale 9:30 – 2:00 pm,
El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, Ca 90815
Annual California Native Plant Sale sponsored by Partners of Parks. A $7 vehicle entry fee will be
credited toward all purchases of $75 or more.
For more information, please call (562) 570-1745.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Program Meeting – 7:30 PM
Update on Palos Verdes Land Conservancy Projects

Monday, December 7, 2009

Program Meeting – 7:30 PM
Annual Potluck Dinner and Slide Show

Monday, January 4, 2010

Program Meeting – 7:30 PM
Fennel Eradication Efforts on Catalina Island
Check our web page for updates: http://www.sccnps.org.
Chapter Outreach
By Griselda Sasayama

Our outreach and education activities this year focused in expanding our participation in the local
environmental events. So far, we have been able to successfully participate in the following events
within the boundaries of our chapter: “Whale of a Day” (Point Vicente Interpretive Center), “Earth Day”
(El Dorado Nature Center), “Long Beach Honors Earth Day” ( Long Beach Recreation Park), “Gardena
Environmental Festival “ (Gardena Willows Environmental Preserve), “In the Nature of the Place”
(Rancho Los Alamitos), “Torrance Environmental Fair” (Madrona Marsh Nature Center). I am thankful for
the invitations that we received this year.

Our success has been due to the enthusiastic and creative support of our volunteers who have dedicated
many hours to inform and discuss ideas with numerous booth visitors, sometimes in a language other
than English. I am most grateful for their support.

From my perspective, the most rewarding experience for us has been learning about the increased and
deeper interest in our native plants from booth visitors of all ages, occupations and backgrounds.

As we start planning for 2010, I would like to hear your suggestions for a yet better outreach and
education year.

Request for Volunteers

We need volunteers for our annual Fall Plant Sale at the Botanical Garden both on Friday and
Saturday. We need help Friday during the day to setup. We need help Friday night for the
members only sales and we need help Saturday for the sale to the general public. Any time you can
spend to help would really be appreciated.

Please contact Barbara Sattler if you are available.

Do we have your Current Email Address?

Please make sure we have your current email address. Please contact our Membership Chair Cindy
Kondon with your current email address so you don’t miss any important updates and announcements.
Renew Online

Renew your CNPS membership online using a credit card. As an option, set it up to renew
automatically year after year. It is quick, easy, convenient, and reduces renewal mailing costs.
http://www.cnps.org. Click on the JOIN button

Electronic Newsletter
Due to printing and distribution costs, the paper newsletter that gets mailed to your home will be limited in
size and will only be in black and white. The electronic version will include more information and color
pictures, like the picture of Lupine included in this newsletter. It also includes direct links.

To continue to receive your expanded electronic copy and to save the chapter printing costs, be sure to
send your current email address to our Membership Chair Cindy Kondon. Newsletters are also available
on our local web site: http://www.sccnps.org.

Please send any announcement requests, any other articles of interest, comments and suggestions to the
newsletter editor: Christine Martin.

South Coast CNPS Chapter Officers

Board Members

President: David Berman

Vice President / Web Master: David Sundstrom
Secretary/Treasurer : Lynn McLeod
Horticulture/Plant Sale Coordinator: Ric Dykzeul
Horticulture / Point Vicente Garden: Tony Baker
Spring Garden Tour / Board Member at Large: Loretta Rose
Chapter Council Delegate / Archives Chair: Barbara Sattler
Membership: Cindy Kondon
Outreach Chair: Griselda Sasayama
Program Chair / Newsletter : Christine Martin
Conservation Committee: David Sundstrom, Tony Baker, Barbara Sattler


Publicity / Madrona Marsh: Carol Roelen

Rare Plants, Ethnobotany: Ivan Snyder