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November-December 2008 Sego Lily Newsletter, Utah Native Plant Society

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 Sego Lily
November 2008 31 (6)
November 2008 Volume 31 Number 6Special 30th Anniversary Issue
 In this issue:
UNPS News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Chapter News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3The Origin of the Utah Native PlantSociety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4UNPS History: The Last 15 Years . . . . . . . 6Excerpt: Bearclaw Poppy Bulletin . . . . . . 7Thirty Years of the
 Sego Lily
. . . . . . . . . . . 8Selected Titles from the
 Sego Lily
 Archives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Excerpt: Naturally Native: Bear-berry,Kinnikinnick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11Excerpt: Native Bees: the Other NativePlant Enthusiasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14Excerpt: Gardening with Utah Natives: A 
Beginner’s Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
 Copyright 2008 Utah Native Plant Society. All Rights Reserved.
 Sego Lily
Calochortus nuttallii
 )is the state flower of Utah and hasbeen the mascot of the Utah Native Plant Society since 1982. KayeThorne rendered this illustration for the
Utah’s Colorful Natives
coloringbook produced in 1981 by UNPS. Thedrawing was later used for the
SegoLily 
masthead (above). Kaye Thornewas the first editor of the
Utah Na-tive Plant Society Newsletter
(1978-1980) and was active in Utah bot-any for decades. She passed away in April 2004.
 
 
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Utah Native Plant Society 
Officers
Co-Presidents: Bill Gray (Salt Lake Co)and Bill King (Salt Lake Co)Treasurer: Charlene Homan (Salt LakeCo)Secretary: Mindy Wheeler (SummitCo)Board Chair: Larry Meyer (Salt LakeCo)UNPS Board: Walter Fertig (Kane Co),Robert Fitts (Utah Co), Susan Fitts(Utah Co), Marie Griffiths (Salt LakeCo), Ty Harrison (Salt Lake Co), CelesteKennard (Utah Co), Kipp Lee (Salt LakeCo), Margaret Malm (Washington Co),Therese Meyer (Salt Lake Co), Jeff Mitchell (Utah Co), Leila Shultz (CacheCo), Maria Ulloa (Sevier Co), Dave Wal-lace (Cache Co), Maggie Wolf (Salt LakeCo), Loreen Woolstenhulme (Utah Co).
Committees
Communications: Larry MeyerConservation: Bill King and Tony FratesEducation: Ty HarrisonHorticulture: Maggie Wolf Invasive Weeds: Susan (Garvin) FittsRare Plants: Walter Fertig
Chapters and Chapter Presidents
Cache: Steve RippleEscalante (Garfield Co): Allysia AngusFremont (Richfield area): Ron ParsonsManzanita (Kane Co): Walter FertigMountain (Summit Co): Mindy  WheelerPrice (Carbon Co): Mike HubbardSalt Lake: Kipp LeeSouthern (Washington Co): MargaretMalmUtah Valley (Utah Co): Celeste Ken-nard Website: For late-breaking news, theUNPS store, the Sego Lily archives,Chapter events, links to other websites(including sources of native plants andthe digital Utah Rare Plant FieldGuide), and more, go to unps.org.
Many thanks to Xmission forsponsoring our website.
For more information on UNPS:Contact Bill King (582-0432) or SusanFitts (356-5108), or write to UNPS, POBox 520041, Salt Lake City, UT, 84152-0041 or email unps@unps.org
 
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tive talk on the early years of UNPS at the annual Utah RarePlant Conference and was pre-
sented with the Society’s Lifetime
 Achievement Award for his out-standing work (see May issue of 
 Sego Lily
or http://www. unps.org/PAGES/news#atwood).
 
In recent years we have cycledamong the three population cen-ters of Utah Valley, Salt Lake, andCache Valley, and it is the Salt
Lake Chapter’s turn to host the
2008 meeting. This being our30th anniversary, we hope that asmany people as possible will makea special effort to attend: we will
do our best to arrange ―home stay‖
accommodations for anyone trav-eling from out of the area.Our venue is the SugarhouseGarden Center, 1602 East 2100South, Salt Lake City which hasgood meeting rooms and a largekitchen for heating and preparingfood. Arrive any time from 5:30PM to socialize and help get thingsset up. We expect to start eating
 Sego Lily
Editor: Walter Fertig(walt@kanab.net). The deadline forthe January 2009
 Sego Lily
is 15 De-cember 2008.Copyright 2008 Utah Native PlantSociety. All Rights ReservedThe
 Sego Lily
is a publication of theUtah Native Plant Society, a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit organization dedicatedto conserving and promoting steward-ship of our native plants. Use of con-tent material is encouraged but re-quires permission (except where ex-empted by statute) and must be cor-rectly credited and cited. Articles,photographs and illustrations submit-ted to us remain the property of thesubmitting individuals or organiza-tions. Submit permission requests tounps@unps.org. We encourage read-ers to submit articles for potentialpublication. By submitting an article,an implicit license is granted to printthe article in the newsletter or otherUNPS publications for reprint withoutpermission (in print and electronicmedia). When submitting an article,please indicate whether it has beenpreviously published or submitted forconsideration to other publications
.
UNPS News
 
UNPS Annual Members Meet-ing
,
Friday, November 7,2008
: Each year UNPS holds anannual members meeting whichhas traditionally included three
main elements: a ―New World Pot-luck‖ lunch or supper featuring
foods native to the Americas(classics include turkey, potatoes,tomatoes, yams, blueberries); afeatured speaker who has some-thing important to say about na-tive plants and UNPS; a brief busi-ness meeting at which the mem- bers elect a Board of Directors forthe following year.Our speaker for this special oc-casion will be Dr. Duane Atwood.Duane was one of the foundingmembers of UNPS and its firstPresident. Over the years he hasmade many contributions to our
understanding of Utah’s plants
and worked on their behalf. Ear-lier this year he gave a retrospec- between 6:15 and 6:30.To reach Sugarhouse Park fromnorth or south, take the eastboundI-80 exit from I-15, and exit againat 1300 East (about 2 miles). Pro-ceed north by Sugarhouse Park,turn right on 2100 South. TheGarden Center is located in theextreme northeast corner of thepark with its own parking lot (notaccessible from Sugarhouse Park).For more details or questions,please email or call Bill Gray (cyberflora@xmission.com, 801-532-3486). -
 Dave Wallace
Chapter News
Escalante (Garfield Co.):
TheEscalante Chapter has been busy through the summer and fall tend-
ing Escalante’s Main Street land-
scaping and having a Native Planttable at the annual Escalante Can- yons Art Festival. The Octobermeeting featured a lively presenta-tion from Theresa Overfield dis-
 
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 Sego Lily
November 2008 31 (6)cussing a wide array of options to
recycle using one’s garden. Our
November meeting is scheduledfor November 11 (speaker TBA).The annual Holiday meeting isscheduled for December 9 and will be hosted by Allysia Angus.-
 Allysia Angus
Fremont (Richfield Area):
This has been a busy summer forthe Fremont Chapter. We havefocused on establishing a nativeplant garden at Sam Stowe Camp-ground in the Fremont IndianState Park. The garden site isspectacular with red cliffs, pockedand sculpted into a myriad of imaginative shapes, including sev-eral small arches. Along the wallsto the west of the garden are In-dian petroglyphs. To introducethe public to this new facility  we organized "Celebrate the Wild"on October 4. We had guidedtours of the garden, children'scrafts and activities, native plantsale, presentations on using cat-tails for food and utility, land-scaping and design, and do'sand don'ts of seed collecting. Weoffered door prizes donated by local businesses and prepared de-licious food to sell. Despite thecold weather and rain during theday, we had a few visitors and were able to share our vision forxeriscaping. Susan Meyer pro- vided many beautiful planttags. During one of the breaks inthe rain, Maria Ulloa guided mem- bers and visitors on a short hikeup Sam Stowe Canyon to observethe many native varieties thatgrace the canyon along thecreek. Particularly interesting wasthe rare, robust
 Angelica wheeleri 
.The garden at Sam Stowe, al-though just started this Spring, isthriving--especially the several varieties of 
 Penstemon
. We haveapplied for Heritage GardenStatus. We invite UNPS membersacross the State to stop by for a visit. Any visitors must check in atthe Park Headquarters before go-ing to the Campground area.
 Janet Nielson
Manzanita (Kane Co.):
On No- vember 3, Dennis Bramble of theMarch 16-20, 2009:
SouthwestRare Plant Conference
,
SaltLake City, U
T. The Utah NativePlant Society will be hosting thenext Southwest Rare Plant Confer-ence (which will incorporate theannual Utah Rare Plant Task Force Conference). The event enti-tled
Changing Landscapes in the Southwest 
 will be held in SaltLake City, Utah on the University of Utah campus from March 16through 20, 2009. Topics will in-clude rare plant biology and bio-geography (in the Southwest re-gion as well as Utah), plant com-munity and ecological restoration,climate change issues and others.Format will include posters, oralpresentations, and special topic breakout sessions.Dr. Noel Holmgren of the New  York Botanical Garden and co-author of the Intermountain Flora will be the conference keynote
speaker. His topic will be ―Plant
Geography of the IntermountainRegion and Connections with the
Southwest‖.
 UNPS is currently solicitingabstracts for oral or poster presen-tations for the conference. Tosubmit an abstract, register, orlearn more about the conference,go to the unps.org and follow thelinks.Please consider attending theconference, submitting an ab-stract, or passing word along tofriends, students, and colleagues.
 Winter Botany Walk 
. The In-termountain Herbarium is pleasedto announce a winter botany walk along the Logan River in beautifulLogan Canyon to look at woody plants and vines in their winterglory and discuss their identifyingfeatures without leaves. The event will be on Saturday November 8 at10:00 AM. Meet at the parking lotfor the Stokes Nature Center inLogan Canyon. We will begin our walk there prior to crossing thehighway to the river trail. In caseof severe inclement weather please watch for change of day/time atthe herbarium's website (http://herbarium.usu.edu/). -
 Michael  Piep
University of Utah will be speakingto our chapter on his research onunusual symbiotic relationships between plants and insects insouthern Utah. The meeting will be held at 7PM in the conferenceroom of the Grand Staircase-Escalante Visitor Center in historicdowntown Kanab. In December,our meeting will be a reprise of  botanical movie night, with a dou- ble feature of an educational videoand a campy sci-fi flick. -
W. Fer-tig
Southern (Washington Co):
Rick Heflebower of Utah StateUniversity Extension, will discusstree care as it relates to planting,pruning, mulching, etc. at our No- vember 3rd meeting at Spring-
dale’s Community Center.
-
 Bar-bara Farnsworth
Utah County 
: The chapter isplanning a meeting on January 16,6:30 pm. The meeting will be heldat the Monte L. Bean Museum, inone of their meeting rooms. Wehope to have a talk by Ron Kass, who recently took a trip to MountKilimanjaro. He says the talk willcenter on the effects of climatechange. We will also have electionof officers.Celeste Kennard is retiring aspresident, so we will need to electa new president and vice presidentand find folks willing to help witharranging programs and with pub-licity. Please contact Celeste atceleste.p.kennard@gmail.com orsgarvin@xmission.com (SusanGarvin Fitts) if you have ideas forprograms, would be willing to help with publicity or preside over ourchapter, or would like to help leada field trip or help in any other way.
 Susan Fitts
Bulletin Board
Lifetime Member Update: Mary Sohn and Kay Senzee who in-creased our lifetime membershiproster to 32 in October 2008
 thank you! Over 25 of our lifetimememberships have occurred in thepast six years and they have been asource of much appreciated sup-port.
Tony Frates
 

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