Holiday Party – GNPS members will hold their Holiday Party on Sunday, December 16, from noon to 3 pm at The Commons (also known as the Volunteer Center), 501 E 13th Street, Silver City. Elroy Limmer will provide the customary pork roast – otherwise it’s pot luck. Iced tea will be provided and the hot water heater will be there for tea and coffee – for other beverages BYO. Please bring your own plates, glasses and utensils and a dish to share.
Evening meetings will be held at 7:00 pm on the third Friday of each month (except December) throughout the fall, winter and spring. Free and open to the public. Check out our Programs page for further details.
The Native Plant Society of New Mexico 2018 Annual Conference was hosted by the Gila chapter. Click *here* to view pictures and presentations from the event.
To view the GNPS calendar, including upcoming field trips and programs, click *here*
Special Fund-Raising Raffle
The raffle was drawn at the GNPS meeting on October 19 for this beautiful quilt, created by Eli Sorensen, plus the other great prizes !
The winner of the quilt was Kristin Haskins, plant ecologist and Director of Research at The Arboretum at Flagstaff. She intends to hang the quilt, along with the key to the plants, in the hall of the Walter Reichardt House and Visitor Center at the Arboretum, where visitors on a guided tour will be able to see it. The Arboretum at Flagstaff is closed to the public for the winter from November 1, but the quilt will be on display when the Arboretum opens again on April 15, 2019. It’s a great place to visit.
Second prize – Rothrock’s Basketflower (Plectocephalus rothrockii), a photograph taken by Elroy Limmer and float-mounted on metal – was won by Janine Risser of Rio Rancho.
Third prize – a signed original poster by Jim Brandenburg from his book Chased by the Light, framed and matted – was won by Beth Leuck of Silver City.
The Gila Native Plant Society will use the proceeds of the raffle to fund grants for worthwhile native-plant projects and scholarships to deserving students in the natural sciences.