Monday, September 27, 2010

Rare Beauty

A couple of weeks ago I returned from a CNPS meeting held on the Northern California coast in Fort Bragg. While there we received a tour of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, This garden occupies woods and coastline in Fort Bragg and is such a beautiful place. Near the coastline they recently cleared an area of invasive non-natives (mostly Ice plant) and let native plants repopulate the area. One of these plants to recolonize was the beautiful and rare Castilleja mendocinensis, Mendocino Coast Indian Paintbrush (list 1B.2).Here is our tour guide and the garden's Natural Areas coordinator, Mario, telling us a little more about the area and what they did. Good conservation work, Mario!

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