Past Meetings – 2000

Using Big & Bold & Outrageous & Wonderful Plants in the Garden

with Edith Eddleman

Monday, November 20, 2000

Co-sponsored with Strybing Arboretum Society
Presented by Edith Eddleman, distinguished horticulturist, garden designer, author and lecturer on Perennials and Garden Design. She is nationally recognized for her design of private and public gardens including the Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Brookside Gardens, Wheatland, Maryland and for the past 18 years the designer and curator of the famous perennial borders of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Autumn Gardens

With Ethne Clarke, Garden Historian, Horticulturist, Writer and Lecturer

Monday, October 16, 2000

Co-sponsored with Strybing Arboretum Society
We 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’ve been told that autumn is the time to put the garden to bed; rake up those leaves and cut down those seed-heads and so on. So, 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.

Here today – Gone tomorrow?: Hawaii’s Endangered Flora and Fauna

with David Liittschwager & Susan Middleton

Monday, September 18, 2000

Co-sponsored with Strybing Arboretum Society
A lecture and slide presentation by noted photographer David Liittschwager, whose works have appeared in National Geographic, Life Magazine, and The 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.”

Landscapes and Flora of Chile and Southern Argentina

with Dr. Robert Haller, Botanist, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Monday, August 21, 2000

Chile and Argentina stretch for 2,500 miles from 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 rainforests 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).

South American plants for northern California gardens

with Warren Roberts, Superintendent, U.C. Davis Arboretum

Monday, July 17, 2000

Co-sponsored with Strybing Arboretum Society
With slides and discussion, Warren 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?

California’s Wildflower Treasures

with Ron Parsons

Monday, June 19, 2000

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.

Around the World In Quest of Botanical Treasures

with Barbara and John Hopper

Monday, May 15, 2000

Barbara and John Hopper, a botanist-biologist team will be presented with this year’s Annual Award and will present a slide-illustrated program entitled ‘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.’

Horticultural Conservation: The Preservation of special Forms

with Brett Hall, Manager, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

Monday, April, 17, 2000

Co-sponsored with Strybing Arboretum Society
Through slides and narration, Brett will present the adventures of the UCSC Arboretum’s work selecting and conserving plant selections. Since special forms of plants appear in nature from time to time they are vulnerable and can easily disappear. Through conservation-minded discovery, collection, propagation, growing and distributing they may carry on. Among the plants to be discussed: Amborella trichopoda (molecular studies have determined it to be the most ancient angiosperm on earth), Epilobium canum, Fritillaria recurva, Calochortus albus, grevilleas, Microstrobus, Sisyrinchium, Tetratheca, Thomasia, ericas, correas

Horticultural Exploration in Indonesia and the Philippines

with Bian Tan, Strybing Collections Manager

Monday, March 20, 2000

Despite massive pressure from growing human populations, there are still natural areas of fabulous beauty and remarkable bio-diversity on the islands of Flores, Bali, 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. See exciting new possibilities for Bay Area introductions-an azalea-type rhododendron endemic to the Philippines; and small, beautiful evergreen trees – Acer launnum, Saurauia elegans, and Medinilla.

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