Membership and Mushrooms

Fall reliably brings two things to Northern California – the Fall Membership Drive at our regional public radio stations and Mushrooms. On this last weekend of the Fall Membership Drive for Northstate Public Radio, I thought I would re-post an… Continue Reading


Keeping Company with Flowers: A Glimpse into the World of Pollinators

On my kitchen counter I have not one but two little vases of flowers from the garden. One holds a fragrant pink rose, the other holds a handsome collection of high-dark-coned rudbeckia, flowering mint and lavender. If you are a… Continue Reading


Winter Solstice in the North State Garden, an Interview with Dave Schlom

In the chilly (32 degrees) dark of 5 am this morning, as I gave my dogs their morning biscuits, I admired the form of the ‘Big Dipper’ almost directly overhead. I stood, bundled up, in the center of my starlit… Continue Reading


Gateway Museum Turns 1, Invites Plant Lovers: Grow with Us!

On February 27th 2011 the Gateway Science Museum celebrated its one year anniversary of being open to science and nature lovers from around our region. With a stated mission to “create a life-long learning environment that enables people to explore,… Continue Reading


Writings of a Wanderer: Bidwell Mansion Houses Chico History

Bidwell Mansion, a 26-room Victorian house sporting pink-tinted plaster, nestles in a small park next to Chico State University’s new Gateway Science Museum. The manor-turned-museum built in 1868 stands as a memorial to Chico’s founder, John Bidwell, and his wife… Continue Reading

The Gateway Science Museum and Its Ecoregions-Based Gardens in Chico

The Gateway Science Museum’s facilities are very close to complete. The building and the landscapes should be final within weeks, public school field trips and other public programming, including “Saturdays at the Gateway” open houses and tours, will begin this fall and the Grand Opening for daily ticketed visitors is set for early 2010. Continue Reading