Join us Saturday, February 3, 2024, 10:30 a.m. for a survey of the local mushrooms. Ben Anderson, mushroom specialist and staff gardener at the Botanic Garden, will delve into the fascinating world of mushrooms in the East Bay Parks. In-person lecture: 10:30 a.m., Botanic Garden Visitor Center. More info: nativeplants.org
(Photo below: Sandy Steinman)
Additional events in this lecture series:
February 10: Celia Ronis – “A Tour of the Flora of Crete.”
• Celia Ronis, former Botanic Garden docent and renowned photographer, will take attendees on a virtual tour of the flora of Crete. Her presentation promises to highlight the incredible variety of plant life encountered during a guided tour of this region.
February 17: Marcus Tamura – “A Calochortus Crusade: Varied Habitats and Plant Communities.”
• Marcus Tamura, calochortus expert and staff gardener at the Botanic Garden, will highlight the diversity of various calochortus species. This presentation will appeal to everyone with an interest in the beauty of these unique plants.
February 24: Dee Himes – “Flora of the Western Himalaya.”
• Dee Himes, Santa Clara Valley CNPS Emeritus Leader, will share her photographic journey of the Western Himalaya based on her 2019 tour. Expect a visually stunning exploration of the region’s flora, accompanied by captivating stories.
March 2: Bart O’Brien – “Highlights of the Patagonian Flora.”
• Garden Director Bart O’Brien will conclude the series with a presentation on the highlights of the Patagonian flora. Attendees can anticipate a visual feast of images and reflections from his recent tour of this unique and biodiverse region.
All lectures will be held in person at the Garden’s Visitor Center auditorium on Saturday mornings, starting at 10:30 AM. The variety of topics and speakers ensures there’s something for everyone, from those just starting their exploration of plants to seasoned professionals. This series provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to learn more about the fascinating world of plants and natural history. Lectures are free and open to the public; we hope the community takes full advantage of this enriching opportunity!
More info: nativeplants.org