Previous Programs (2000):

March 20, 2000   "Horticultural Explorations in Indonesia and the Philippines" Presented by Bian Tan
Despite massive pressure from growing human populations, there are still natural areas of great beauty on the islands of Flores and Luzon. Through slides and narration, travel with Strybing Collections Manager Bian Tan to gorgeous cloud forests and remote villages as he works his way through a collecting expedition for Strybing's Old World Cloud Forest. In addition to adventures with landslides and leeches, the lecture will also touch on the Convention on Biological Diversity, collaborations with source-country institutions, and the loss of biodiversity from these archipelagos, considered the most biologically rich in the world.
April 17, 2000
"Horticultural Conservation: The Preservation of special forms." Presented by Brett Hall
There are forms of native species (native to anywhere) more beautiful than the common lot. These forms crop up in nature now and again and may disappear, except through careful, conservation-minded: discovery, collection, propagation, display and dispersal.
May 15, 2000
"Around the World In Quest of Botanical Treasures' from the Andes to Australia to Islands of the Indian Ocean to Africa and the Road to Timbuktu"
A slide-illustrated program presented by this year's Annual Award recipients Barbara and John Hopper, a botanist-biologist team.
June 19, 2000
"California's Wildflower Treasures" Presented by Ron Parsons, nationally recognized flower photographer.
A vivid display of some of California's most beautiful wildflowers, some very localized and rare. Ron has traveled widely throughout California looking for his favorites which include Fritillaria, Lilium, Calochortus, Erythronium, Mimulus etc. He has been interested in world-wide species of orchids for many years and became interested in California's flowers about ten years ago. California has an unusually large number of rare and endemic species due to its many varied habitats ranging from below sea level to the highest peak in the lower 48 states.
July 17, 2000
“South American plants for Northern California Gardens”
With slides and discussion, Warren Roberts, Superintendent, U.C. Davis Arboretum, will show many of our popular garden plants - and rare ones, too - that come from South America’s temperate and subtropical regions. Learn more about your garden plants or some “new” ones that you might try, their stories and special uses and how best to grow them in our climes. What would the Incas have done, if their great empire had included California?
August 21, 2000
“Landscapes and Flora of Chile and Southern Argentina”
Dr. Robert Haller, Botanist, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Chile and Argentina stretch for 2,500 miles form north to south, and if placed in North America, would reach from Mexico city to Alaska. Along their length are the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere, the world’s driest desert, magnificent rain forests and balmy Mediterranean-type countryside, all in magnificent surroundings. The amazing flora shows a little similarity with the flora of western North America, some with New Zealand, and many components that are unique, including rare, redwood-like Alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides) and the bizarre Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana).
September 18, 2000
"Here today - Gone tomorrow?" - Hawaii’s Endangered Flora and Fauna
A lecture and slide presentation by noted photographer David Liittschwager, whose works have appeared in National Geographic, Life Magazine, and New York Times and Susan Middleton former chair of the California Academy of Sciences department of photography. They will speak about their 15 year odyssey photographing endangered plants and animals.
Over the last two years, in partnership with Environmental Defense, they have scaled sharp lava peaks and trudged through some of the world’s wettest rainforests to record the last surviving specimens of Hawaii’s endangered flora and fauna. The hope is that their magnificent photographs of Hibiscus clayi, (of which only three remain), or the Crested honeycreeper, along with other exquisite images will inspire people and governments to support efforts to save these irreplaceable species. Their compelling images are part of an Environmental Defense effort to protect what has been called "one of the rarest and most improbable living assemblages on the earth as well as "the endangered species capital of the world."
October 16, 2000
Autumn Gardens
Ethne Clarke - Horticulturist, Garden Historian, Writer and Lecturer.
In a slide illustrated program, the speaker will stroll through the autumn garden at what is essentially the busiest and most enchanting time in the gardening year, but one which is often neglected because for too long we have been told that autumn is the time to put the garden to bed etc. This is about planning and planting with autumn in the foremost of our designing minds, with a look at textures, shapes and colors of leaf bark and berry - and late flowers, that make this a deeply satisfying season.
November 20, 2000
Using Big and Bold and Outrageous and Wonderful Plants in the Garden
Edith Eddleman horticulturist and garden designer. Edith has worked with J.C. Raulston and has presented outstanding programs across the US.

Programs from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 

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