Previous programs (2002):

January 21, 2002
Flowering Plants of the Campo Rupestre of Brazil presented by Dr. Frank Alameda. Dr. Alameda has been doing a great deal of work in the high savannah of brazil, an unbotanized area. He has found many new melastomes, some of which may prove to be hardy and also good candidates for the Bay Area.
February 18
Plant Exploration in the Highlands of Northern Vietnam, Bali, and the Philippines
In the ongoing effort to develop Strybing's Southeast Asian Cloud Forest, Bian Tan collected seeds and cuttings from the Bali Botanic Gardens, cloud forests in the Philippines, and the highlands of Northern Vietnam. This last was in collaboration with researchers from the Missouri Botanical Gardens and Vietnamese botanists. The variety of plants encountered was amazing, and included many rare conifers, orchids, and rhododendrons.

Through slides, Bian will tell us about this expedition into limestone areas that are home to rare and endangered species, and how foreign botanists are assisting with Southeast Asian plant conservation efforts.

March 18
The Maybeck Cottage Garden: An Evolution in Garden Style

Roger Raiche of Berkeley, California, co-founder of Planet Horticulture Garden Design, showcases his unique take on garden style. Featured in this slide show, his own personal garden—started in 1989—evolves before your eyes in a kaleidoscopic journey. Has your garden thrilled you today?
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April 15
Horticultural Passions: Beautiful and Intriguing Plants from my Past, Present, and Future presented by Martin Grantham. From ferns to conifers, rhododendrons to restios, Martin Granthan shares his photographs and growing experience with any number of his more accessible plant obsessions.
May 20
Annual Dinner
“Observations of a Traveling Plantsman”
Presented by Richard Turner, Recipient of the 2002 Annual Award
The program will include many areas of the world-a bit of Mexico, Australia, Chile and South Africa. It will be mostly of plants in the wild and may include a few gardens. Dick has traveled to every continent but Asia to study plants in the wild and in the garden, and will present a few of his observations from those travels. Registration requested.

Special all Australia plant display by Kathy Echols

June 17
Understanding Color: The Impact of Blue in the Garden presented by Robin Parer, proprietor of the highly esteemed Geraniaceae nursery in Marin county. The color blue is a powerful tool in a gardener's repertoire. Color can be used in garden planting schemes to suggest temperature, light and mood. Color can unify or provide a discordant note. Blue has many moods and many uses. Many gardeners love blue flowers, and use them in their gardens in some very revealing ways. We don't need to limit ourselves to blue flowers. There are blue leaves, blue garden artifacts, and borrowed blue atmosphere effects. We will examine how our eyes see blue and how we can use the color to bring depth, mystery and enchantment into our gardens.
July 15
Orchids and other Flowers of SE Australia including Tasmania presented by Ron Parsons, internationally recognized flower photographer. A program based on two wildflower expeditions to Australia taken in 2000 and 2001 where he visited the states of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. His key interest was to see as many native orchids as possible. As we all know, orchids only associate with other beautiful flowers which were also photographed. Some of the beautiful plants include Banksia, Teleopea, Goodenia, Drosera etc.
August 19
New Plants, Old Plants, And Plants that Work: Enduring Mediterranean Gardening presented by Jeff Rosendale, owner of Rosendale's and Sierra Azul Nursery and current Preseident of UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.
September 16
International Programs for Plant Exploration and new species discovered with great potential for horticulture presented by Dr. Dan Harder, new Director of UC Santa Cruz Arboretum (formerly of Missouri Botanical Garden).
October 21
Temporal Moments with Light in Gardens presented by Bernard Trainor, Landscape Designer. "The California light is perhaps the largest influence on my garden designs. Whilst I plan for light to play a major role in my garden designs, often the most striking effects occur by chance."
Bernard Trainor, noted landscape designer, will show images of magical moments ahe has shared with light in his garden designs. Bernard's exceptional landscapes have been recognized by the International Society or Garden Designers in Britain, and the Association of Professinoal Landscape Designers in America.
November 18
Salvias, Phlomis and related genera presented by Ernie Wasson.

Ernie Wasson, co-editor of Botanica and Nursery Manager/Garden Curator of the Cabrillo College horticultural facilities, will talk about Cabrillo College's Salvia collection (which presently features over 200 different Salvia) plus other horticulturally significant genera in the Lamiaceae family. Ernie will show slides of several uncommon Salvia species and new cultivars plus an assortment of significant Lamiaceae genera including Agastache, Collquhounia, Lavandula, Leonotis, Lepechinia, Oregano, Plectranthus, Sideritis, Stachys, Teucreum, Trichostema and Westringia.

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

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