Prebious Programs:

Meetings start at 7:15 p.m. in the County Fair Building at The San Francisco Botanical Gardens You can meet the speakers for a walk through Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at 4:00 in front of the Strybing bookstore. If you're not a member, there is a Guest Fee of $5.

Click on titles of previous programs for written recaps of the presentations

January 19, 2004
Plant Collecting in China: a biodiversity inventory of the Gaoligong Shan mountain range of western Yunnan.
Presented by Dr. Bruce Bartholomew, Senior Collections Manager, Botany Department, California Academy of Sciences.

The speaker has worked with the Academy since 1982 and has supervised all aspects of the Botany Department. In addition to these duties, he has an integral role in the Flora of China Project, a multi-institutional international project to produce the first English language flora of China. Dating from 1975, he has made numerous botanical expeditions to China.

February 16, 2004
Plant Exploring in Southern Mexico
Presented by Gary Hammer, noted plant explorer, horticulturist & founder of Desert To Jungle Nursery.
Gary has introduced many new plants to horticulture brought back from exploration trips to Australia, south Africa, South and Central America, & the Amemrican southwest.

March 15, 2004 Plant life in the Hawaiian Islands --'Vanishing Natives' & 'Unusual Exotic Onamentals grown in Hawaii'

The first half of the program will be a botanical history of Hawaii and the second half will be oriented to horticulture.

Presented by Robert Gustafson, Emeritus Collections Manager, Department of Botany, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Author of the award winning book: Plants and Flowers of Hawaii, University of Hawaii Press.

The author spent more than 15 years in Hawaii photographing plants and flowers for this beautiful book.

April 19,
Espalier, Topiary, Bonsai and Pruning basics
Presented by Ted Kipping

This two section lecture will look at unique solutions worldwide for controlling woody growth in artistic imaginative ways.

Bring all your best pruning questions. Ted will stay after until they are all answered.

May 17, 2004 Program to be presented by Annual Awardee, Annie Hayes of Annie's Annuals.

Annie will share information about some of her exciting new introductions over the last seven years. Her presentation will include live plants, highlighting many of the choice and unusual plants.

June 21, 2004 Incorporating Succulents in the Garden for Bold, Year-Round Interest

Presented by Ernesto Sandoval, Curator, Division of Biological greenhouses, Section of Plant Biology, University of California Davis.
Using examples from private gardens such as the author’s garden and public gardens such as the Ruth Bancroft Garden, the Huntington Botanical Gardens and Strybing Arboretum, succulents that merit a place in our gardens will be discussed. Aloes, Agaves, cacti and other succulents appropriate to mixed plantings will be emphasized using quality photographs.

Although many people consider succulents to be hard to grow and even dangerous, the author hopes to convince us that not all succulents are difficult and that there are many which have little chance of causing pain and anguish from their presence in our gardens. Some less common, but not too difficult to grow plants such as various Aloe and Agave species, and bulbs such as Ornithogalum fimbrimarginatum and other low water use plants will be discussed as well as made available for purchase at a plant table supplied by the speaker. Proceeds from those volunteer grown plants will benefit the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory.

Ernesto's Slide List and Gardens to Visit

July 19, 2004

Plant Exploring in Pakistan
Presented by Dr. Dan Johnson, Curator & Landscape Designer of the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Few might consider a trip to Pakistan in these times, but before 9/11 the world seemed a different place. On that very day we entered the northeastern countryside of Pakistan, where the world's greatest mountain ranges collide, and the dry steppes of central Asia merge with lush forested mountains. Here the Karakorum, Hindukush and Himalaya converge in a cathedral of the world's tallest peaks. Twisting through their heart, the Indus river cuts deeply through the land and has nourished one of the richest and most diverse cultures on Earth. The varied landscape only hints at the rich flora of the region, from the bristling mounds of Acantholimon lycopodoides to the windswept Betula utilis at treeline. In just two weeks, and unfamiliar territory captivated us all in unexpected ways.

August 16 Unique and Exciting Plants for the California Islands
Presented by Steve Junak, Herbarium Curator, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden since 1976. He has been exploring the islands of southern California and Baja California for more than 25 years, documenting the plant life, mapping vegetation and rare plants, and leading field trips.

Sixteen islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean between Point Conception (near Santa Barbara) and Punta Eugenia (about halfway down the Baja California peninsula). These islands are natural areas known for windswept landscapes, rugged coastlines, and unspoiled beaches, often teaming with marine mammals and birds. Their floras, rich in endemic species, have long fascinated botanists and horticulturists. Plants from the islands have been cultivated on the California mainland since the 1800s. During this slide-illustrated lecture, Steve Junak will take us on a tour of many of these plants in their natural habitats, from the familiar Channel Islands in the north to the natural lava gardens of San Martin Island, the foggy ridge tops and remote islets of Guadalupe Island, and the desert canyons of Cedros Island.

Steve has written or co-authored a number of articles and books about the islands and is the principal author of A Flora of Santa Cruz Island. An avid nature photographer, his photographs have been published in numerous books, including Audubon and University of California Press field guides. He is currently working on books about the plants of San Nicolas and Catalina islands.

September 20 Gardening with One Foot in the Tropics
Presented by Davis Dalbok, Award winning Landscape Designer, owner of Living Green, will discuss gardening and garden design in two distinct micro-climates. Drawing out the parallels and differences between his garden near Hilo, Hawaii, and his Fairfax, Marin home, Davis will incorporate visual imagery, conceptual garden design ideas, and illustrative examples of how one can cultivate a sanctuary with a lush, sub-tropical theme.
October 18 Madagascar: A Floral Treasure Chest
Presented by Gary James,
biologist, Retired Professor of Biology, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California; plant explorer, and world traveler. His special plant interest is the group of geophytic euphorbias that come from Madagascar. The talk will be based on the five trips he has made to Madagascar since 1978. Because of the long isolation, Madagascar has developed many unique life forms, both plant and animal. The program will highlight some of the many endemic plants and animals. Narrow endemism has resulted in over 84% of the plants and in some cases over 90% of some animals which are found nowhere else in the world. New discoveries are being made on a regular basis.
November 15 Hot Borders-Cool Plants, Exciting Borders and Interesting Uses of New Plants
Presented by Marietta O’Byrne, long time nurserywoman who along with her husband Ernie, owns and runs Northwest Garden Nursery in Eugene, Oregon. The garden displays all types of plants from rock garden to woodland perennials along with a large collection of hellebores. The nursery is widely recognized for its unusual plants and has been featured in a number of magazines.

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