Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is pleased to welcome visiting sabbatical professors Carolyn Ferguson and Mark Mayfield, both from Kansas State University and Carlos García-Verdugo de Lucas, Fulbright postdoctoral researcher for the spring of 2011.
Carolyn Ferguson, associate professor of biology at Kansas State University and curator of the KSU Herbarium, studies Phlox, a genus of about 70 species of plants found mostly in North America.
Researching a diverse and widespread plant family, scientists at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and visiting scientists from Ethiopia are delving into the importance of biodiversity.
Erin Tripp, principal investigator and post-doctoral researcher at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG), along with co-principal investigator Lucinda McDade, Judith B. Friend Director of Research at RSABG, are reconstructing the phylogenetic tree (family tree) of the plant lineage Ruellieae to further scientific understanding of the diversity of life.
Three horticultural experts, educators and designers offer a might tome full of turf grass alternatives.
With more than 300 color images, the second collaboration of Carol Bornstein, David Fross and Bart O’Brien offer oodles of design inspiration, detailed plant profiles of water-conserving plants from around the world and practical solutions for home gardeners.
The authors will be at the Garden on Sunday, April 17, 1 p.m., for a special presentation and book signing for “Reimagining the California Lawn” (Cachuma Press, March 2011). Refreshments will be provided. The book will be for sale at the California Garden Shop at RSABG. This event is free; no Garden admission necessary for book-signing attendees.
Bornstein, Fross and O’Brien collaborated on “California Native Plants for the Garden,” published by Cachuma Press in 2005.
Read more about “Reimagining the California Lawn” in a recent L.A. Time article.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden was recognized as a Claremont Unified School District partner at a recent Board of Education meeting on Thursday, May 5, 2011.
The presentation from the school board at a regularly schedule board meeting recognized the outstanding educational opportunities provided by the District’s partnership with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and for the ongoing commitment to Claremont students, faculty and staff.
J. Travis Columbus has been promoted to professor of botany at the Claremont Graduate University [CGU]. Columbus has been a member of the CGU faculty and, cointerminous with this appointment, is a research scientist at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The CGU Botany Department has long been coordinated and run by RSABG. The program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in evolutionary and systematic botany.
Columbus received his doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an expert on the systematics of chloridoid grasses. He spent this past spring in the field making collections of his study plants in South Africa and Tanzania.
An Ahmanson Foundation grant will help grow horticultural occupational training for veterans and helps support efforts to promote the benefits of growing native California plants to home owners and professional landscapers at Grow Native Nursery Westwood.
The Ahmanson Foundation in Los Angeles awarded Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden a grant for the purpose of funding upfront capital costs to help continue to modify the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System’s Veterans’ Garden space into a nursery operation.
As Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) continues to grow as a leading native plant, ethnobotany and natural history of California resource for educators, k-12 students and families, the BCM Foundation awarded RSABG a $35,000 grant to strengthen and expand environmental education offerings.
“This grant underscores a growing need for environmental education among our state’s schools that would otherwise be unable to afford quality programming,” said Eric Garton, RSABG director of visitor services. “And the children we serve because of this funding stand a far greater chance of being inspired and compelled to become the future environmental stewards.”
They met in St. Louis
A large contingent from Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's research department, including faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows attended the Botany 2011 and conducted presentations on their research findings July 2011. Erin Tripp's took home honors for best contributed paper in plant systematics by a young scientist.
The annual conference, themed ‘Healing the Planet’ for 2011, convened members of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Botanical Society of America, the Society for Economic Botany and the American Fern Society.
Fay's Wildflower Meadow was completely covered with impermeable plastic sheeting this August as the first step in solarizing the soil. Solarization is a low-cost, non-toxic method for weed control, in which the area is mowed, watered and covered with clear plastic for several months during the summer. The heat of the sun turns the trapped moisture to steam which kills pathogens and weed seeds. This is a great example of using natural processes to maintain a landscape instead of chemicals.
- Make Room for Wildlife
- Botany Students Earn Grants
- Botanist Recognized for Outstanding Scientific Presentation
- Mapping the Garden
- Native Landscapes: The Albrigos
- California Native Plants: Poodle-dog Bush
- Garden Helps Prepare Job Seekers for Green Horticulture Jobs
- Lenz Sculpture Collection
- Library Page Turning
- RSABG Hosts Invasive Plants and Pathogen Workshop
- Student Research Calendar
- Post-Doc Earns National Geographic Society Grant
- A Manzanita Lost and Found
- Searching for the Plant Families
- Two New DIGG Awards
- Botanists Travel Briefs
- Plant Safari
- CPC Annual Meeting 2012
- LaFleur to Direct Horticulture at the Garden
- New Student Grants and Visiting Scientists
- Help the Garden Grow
- David Rogers' Big Bugs
- Horticulture and Propagation of Native Plants at the Garden
- The Mediterranean City Conference 2012
- USFWS 2011 Recovery Champion
- Wall Awarded Important Conservation Award
- Volunteer in Angeles National Forest
- Botanizing Around the Globe
- Become a Fan of Getting Native
- Bumper Crop of Interns at the Garden
- Porter and Morawetz NSF Grant Awards