Celebration of Nature, wildflower show put beauty of foothills on display

By: By Chet Blackburn, Special to Home & Garden
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California Native Plant Society Redbud Chapter  wildflower  show and native plant sale
When:  Saturday, May 4. Open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A members-only sale begins at 8:30 a.m. Visitors can become California Native Plant Society members at the sale and participate in the early sale.
Where: Sewell Hall on the Sierra College Campus, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin
Admission: No fee for the wildflower show and native plant sale.

A list of plants that will be available can be found on the Redbud Chapter website at

Celebration of Nature
When: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4
Where: Sewell Hall on the Sierra College campus, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin
Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for children to be collected at the museum entrance

The definition of a “twofer” is something that satisfies two needs at the same time, or another way of saying getting two things for the price of one.  
On Saturday, May 4,  the popular annual wildflower show and native plant sale sponsored by the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will join forces with the Sierra College’s popular “Celebration of Nature” for a “twofer” that has something for almost everyone with an interest in nature.
The plant sale itself is known for having one of the widest selections of California native plants —  if not the widest, in Northern California.
Participating nurseries this year include Cornflower Farms from Elk Grove, High Ranch Nursery and Sierra View Nursery from Loomis, Floral Native Nursery from Chico, Native Springs Nursery from Durham and grower Steve Doty from El Dorado Hills.
In order to provide the widest selection possible, the Redbud chapter augments the plant sale inventory with additional plants obtained from a half-dozen other native nurseries from around the state.
Rare and hard-to-find plants will be available at the “Connoisseur’s Corner.” Wildflower seeds will also be available, as will a large selection of books, posters, cards and related paraphernalia.
There will be an information booth with educational displays and staffed with experts to answer questions. There will be a “tea tasting” booth where attendees can sample tea made from native plants.
The wildflower show is unique in that the plants are grown in containers specifically for the show, and not cut flowers in vases as is the case in other wildflower shows.
More than 150 kinds of living, flowering plants will be on display.
The second half of the “twofer” is the Celebration of Nature, an annual event sponsored by the Sierra College Natural History Museum. The breadth and scope of the museum is exceptional, yet to the general public, it remains as one of our area’s undiscovered treasures.
In addition to tours of the museum, the event will feature nature trail tours, exhibits by students, activities for kids, seminars, information booths from a number of environmental organizations, displays by local artists and a photography exhibit.
Outside the museum, rock hounds will enjoy the amazing collection of rocks and boulders collected from around the state and labeled and displayed along the walkways. Dinosaur buffs will appreciate the outlines drawn on the walkways illustrating the size of various species of dinosaurs.
Food and refreshments will be available.