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Wildflower Show – April 2019

West Valley College will host the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society’s (CNPS) 45th Wildflower Show on Saturday, April 27 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The CNPS will showcase the plant biodiversity of Santa Clara, San Mateo, and surrounding counties. The free event will feature a variety of native wildflowers and plants, lectures, workshops and tours. This year’s show will feature a “Citizen Science” theme. Expert botanists, gardeners, biologists, and students will be on site to interact with the public and answer questions.

Dr. Matteo Garbelotto from UC Berkeley, will provide the opening lecture and training to kick-off the Saratoga Sudden Oak Death Blitz  at 10:30 AM. Ken-ichi Ueda Co-director of iNaturalist.org from the California Academy of Sciences will present  iNaturalist from a botanical perspective at 11:45 AM. Wildlife artist and naturalist Marley Alexander Peifer will present Wildflowers and Nature Journaling: A Match Made in Heaven at 1:00 PM. Workshops will cover macrophotography with cell phones, and pruning demontrations. Hundreds of native plants and wildflowers will be on display along with descriptions of where to find them locally. Local native plant nurseries and artisan vendors will be on site.

Tours of the West Valley College campus will showcase the native plants and landscapes and the restoration project of Vasona Creek, which runs through the middle of campus. Learn how the riparian corridor of the creek is being restored with native, drought tolerant plants and innovative storm water management techniques. The WVC Biology Department, co-host of the event, will give tours of the department, showcasing artist Debbie Bakker’s intricate instructional murals, current research and outreach projects, and the site of the ongoing Science Garden installation.

The West Valley College campus is located at 14000 Fruitvale Avenue in Saratoga. The show will be located in the Biology wing of the Science and Math buildings, which parallels Allendale Avenue. Free parking in Lots 1, 2 and 3 during the event. See campus map.

Photo Credit: Debbie Bakker Art

Poppy art by Debbie Baker


  • Wildflower Displays
  • Workshops
  • Native Garden Tours
  • Lectures
  • Plant Sale
  • Gift Shop
  • Children's Activities

Lecture Schedule

All lectures will take place on Saturday, April 27 in SM 36.

Time Lecture Presenters
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Saratoga Sudden Oak Death Blitz Dr. Matteo Garbelotto, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM iNaturalist from a Botanical Perspective Ken-ichi Ueda, Co-director of iNaturalist.org at California Academy of Sciences
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Wildflowers and Nature Journaling: A Match Made in Heaven Marley Alexander Peifer
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Restoring Nature's Relationships Video Screening Doug Tallamy, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at University of Delaware


Live music 

Photo Gallery

Tours and Demonstrations

Tours on Saturday, April 28 meet between the Greenhouse and Vasona Creek.

Time Tour Host
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Macrophotography with Cell Phones  Atul Chaudhari
11:00 AM and 2:00 PM Pruning Demonstration Dee Himes
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Instructional Mural Tour Debbie Bakker
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Vasona Creek Restoration Tour Scott Ludwig


  • CNPS Books & Posters
  • CNPS SCV Nursery
  • Coyote Brush Studios – temporary tattoos, stickers, notecards and more
  • Debbie Bakker – notecards
  • Emily Chin – pressed flower notecards and pictures
  • Grassroots Ecology – plants
  • Larry Voss – plants
  • Norma Jean Bodey
  • Impressed by Nature- jewelry
  • West Valley Biology Club- canvas bags and refreshments
Last Updated 4/21/19