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The Road to Ring Mountain

By Kristin Jakob and Laura Lovett Tiburon’s Ring Mountain is now known to be a rare biological island, home to several rare plants including one species unique to that site. However, it went through some rough times before it was preserved for the public to enjoy. Upon its founding in 1974, CNPS Marin Chapter became active participants in the campaign to save Ring Mountain. Its significant role... read more The Road to Ring Mountain

50 Acts of Caring

This year, we are inviting everyone to think about the wider effects of choices we make on our property. People still think of land as a resource for human use, not as a home for thousands of other living things. Can we make room for lichens, lace wings, bunchgrasses and bluebirds, too? It doesn’t require sacrifice, only awareness. It isn’t difficult or expensive. Join us in 50 Acts of Caring, a... read more 50 Acts of Caring

Join the 50th Anniversary Marin Native Plant Challenge

The Challenge As part of our 50th Anniversary festivities, the Marin CNPS Board presents you with the following Challenge: find and photo-document 50 native plants in Marin’s glorious wildlands and be eligible for a drawing at our August 24th Celebration! Prizes may include plant-oriented books, restaurant gift certificates, and more! The goals of the Challenge are to highlight the beauty and... read more Join the 50th Anniversary Marin Native Plant Challenge

The Start of Something Great

Marin CNPS History The roots of CNPS go back to 1938 when Howard McMinn, professor of botany at Mills College in Oakland, conceived of the need for a native plant botanical garden in northern California and headed up the committee that chose the site in Wildcat Canyon in the north Berkeley hills. He also succeeded in bringing on board James Roof, working at the time at the California Forest and... read more The Start of Something Great

Phyllis Faber – Environmental Activist

In Memoriam It is with sadness, but also with many fond memories, that we mark the passing of environmental heroine Phyllis Faber on Jan 15 at age 95. The California Native Plant Society and Marin County have lost a visionary leader. Phyllis grew up in an 11th floor apartment in New York City and came to love wildflowers while at summer camps in Maine. She graduated from Yale with an MA in... read more Phyllis Faber – Environmental Activist