California Native Plant Society
Santa Cruz County Chapter

General Meeting
Monday May 8
Keying Club 5:00 pm
Presentation 7:30 pm

UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz


Aleta George
Poet Ina Coolbrith's Love of California Wildflowers

The California poppy was still ten years away from being named California's official state flower when poet Ina Coolbrith wrote Copa de Oro in 1893. Coolbrith was older than the state when she came to California at age 11, and for the rest of her life never stopped believing in California as muse.

Aleta George, author of an award-winning biography, Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate, will speak about Coolbrith and the poet's love of California wildflowers. She will also touch on the relationship between Coolbrith and Josephine Clifford McCrackin, a Santa Cruz treasure. Books will be available for selling and signing. George writes about nature and culture in California, and has written for Smithsonian, Bay Nature, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Here is Aleta's blog site: