2013 APS Annual Meeting - June 21-24, 2013 in Boise, Idaho

The American Penstemon Society will host it's annual meeting in Boise this year.  Below is their schedule of events.  See the attached flyer for a Penstemon identification workshop that will be held shortly before the APS meeting.
Following the tradition started in Wyoming, we have invited a sister organization, the Idaho Native Plant Society, to join with us in Boise. This will bring a great deal of local knowledge into the meeting that should make the experience even more enjoyable. This will be a unique opportunity explore the remarkable botanical and geological treasures of southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon.
The annual meeting will be held June 21-24. Mark your 2013 calendar. We will gather on Friday (June21) afternoon, complete registration, and schedule some time for business meetings of both organizations. That evening, we will share a meal at the Idaho Botanic Garden, take time to tour the Lewis and Clark Gardens, and inspect the new penstemon evaluation plantings. Saturday morning, we will begin three days of field trips and botanical presentations. Here are some highlights planned for the weekend:


Participate for much of the day in one of three botanical field trips, to include:
Travel to the Reynolds Creek drainage to see some of the unique and rare flora of the Owyhee Front.
Drive north into Bogus Basin to see a fabulous spring floral display.
Take a trip into eastern Oregon to explore the fascinating flora and geology of Succor Creek and Leslie Gulch.

Return to the Owyhee Plaza Hotel in the evening for a meal and a presentation by prominent botanist and INPS member Don Mansfield, recognized expert on the flora of the Owyhee region and author of Flora of Steens Mountain.


Choose and participate in a second field trip from among the three described for Saturday. Return to the Owyhee Plaza Hotel for a meal and an opportunity to share your favorite botanical (or meeting) photographs.


The meeting will officially end on Sunday evening and this may be the last day of participation by many of our members. However, you should consider taking a day of vacation time and go on a post-meeting expedition into Hell’s Canyon and on into the southern slopes of the Seven Devils Mountains. This trip will definitely be one of the highlights of the meeting and should not be missed. It will feature an area of diverse, interesting, and unique ecology and geology. We have a great line-up of locally knowledgeable field trip leaders prepared to share their favorite places and plants. Plan to come, participate, learn, meet new people, and have fun. 


Upcoming conservation events in Northern Nevada

Friends of Nevada Wilderness:

Bitterbrush/sagebrush seedling plant out in the Santa Rosa Range (north of Winnemucca)- 4/12/2013; 4/27/2013; 5/4/2013

Exclosure removal Black Rock Desert/High Rock Canyon- 4/26/2013

Lucy Gray Fence repair; South McCullough Wilderness- 4/20


Nevada Land Trust:

 Silver Lake Weed Pull- 5/11/2013; 8:30-12pm


Las Vegas Springs Preserve Plant Sale

Spring Plant Sale
Save big on native and desert-friendly plants
Enjoy a beautiful spring morning at the Springs Preserve as you shop for great deals on water-efficient, desert-adapted plants at our annual Spring Plant Sale on April 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Springs Preserve Gardens staff experts will also be on hand to answer questions about caring for your new plants. And if you're a Springs Preserve member, you get access to a special preview sale from 7 to 8 a.m.

Admission to the plant sale is free. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own wagons or carts; a limited quantity will be available at the sale.

Wildflower books now available on the web

Member Judy Davis has volunteered to fill book orders for us.  Check out the new listing in our web store.

May Arboretum Fund Raiser

The May Arboretum Society is hosting a Party in the Garden for its well-known annual plant sale, the single largest fundraiser to support the Wilbur D. May  Arboretum. We’re inviting you to be a part of this exclusive and exciting inaugural event on the evening of Friday, June 1, 2012.

A large selection of plants and garden items will be available for purchase prior to the public sale on Saturday, June 2,  exclusively to ticket holders.  Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served and are included in the price of your ticket. There will also be a raffle and silent auction.

The highlight of the evening will be the opportunity to hear high desert garden advice from our special guests, recognized garden designers, consultants and authors, Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden. Copies of their books, Plant Driven Design and their recent release, Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: 200 Drought-Tolerant Choices for all Climates, will be available for purchase and the authors will be on hand to sign copies.

Tickets will be limited.  Information on ticket price and how to obtain them will be coming soon.  In the meantime people may visit our website at or contact us at for more information.

All proceeds benefit the Wilbur D. May Arboretum, located within Rancho San Rafael Park.


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