Jeff Chemnick Treasures of the Sierra Madres - Botanical Ecotouring in Mexico. An armchair tour of Mexico’s Greatest Hits.
Our first speaker of the new year will be Jeff Chemnick, from Aloes-in-Wonderland garden and nursery in Santa Barbara, California. An authority on Mexican cycads who has published numerous articles on the topic, Jeff also leads botanical and ornithological eco-tours throughout Mexico particularly in the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.
Jeff’s nursery, Aloes-in-Wonderland, was founded in 1988 and occupies nearly 4.5 acres in the upper Sycamore Canyon area of Santa Barbara. Jeff lost his home in the Tea Fire in 2008. Fortunately, the drought-tolerant garden he planted years ago has made a remarkable comeback. Despite its name, its primary focus is cycads, although aloes abound as well. The nursery also sells agaves, palms, cactus, bromeliads, crassulas, dracaenas, beaucarneas, yuccas, pachypodiums, cyphostemmas, fouquierias, furcraeas, alluadias, brachychitons, cussonias, and moringas. While most of the plantings are in ground,, the nursery also sells thousands of potted cycads and hundreds of seedlings.
A past president of the Santa Barbara Horticulture Society and former chair of the Horticultural Society Annual Plant Sale, Jeff is a research associate at the Ganna Walska Lotusland botanical garden in Santa Barbara, and a member of the IUCN’s Cycad Specialist Group which determines the status of endangered cycads worldwide. Jeff has given numerous presentations on his botanical travels worldwide and teaches the Lotusland docent training course on cycads. Currently he is working on a book on the cycads of Mexico.
Free for SDHS Members; $15 Non-members
Tickets available at the door.
Free, easy parking at the Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Dr., San Diego, CA 92122
Brie Arthur Foodscaping
Brie Arthur studied landscape design and horticulture at Purdue University. After more than a decade’s experience as a grower and propagator, she has become a consultant, garden communicator, and industry promoter. She writes, lectures, and works as a correspondent for the popular public television program, Growing a Greener World. Brie teaches various techniques of vegetable, fruit, herb, and ornamental combinations that not only work in small spaces, but also support insect and pest control.
Brie is recognized as a leader in the foodscape movement, as well as for her work with public schools. In 2017, she published The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden.According to the publisher, "In The Foodscape Revolution, Arthur presents her status-quo-shaking plan to reinvent the common landscape—in a way that even HOA’s would approve. Call it food gardening 'in plain sight,' and having it all." Brie looks forward to sharing gardening tips with audiences who are excited about the future of growing with ecological, economic, and nutritional sensibility.
Christopher Woods Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens.
Widely recognized as an outstanding horticulturalist, Chris has received a Professional Citation for significant achievements in public horticulture from the American Public Garden Association and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He is a sought-after public speaker and author of The Encyclopedia of Perennials: a gardener’s guide.
Chris started his career at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, where he was trained as a horticulturist. In 1981 he came to the United States and served as Director and Chief Designer of Chanticleer Garden, a forty-eight-acre botanical garden built on the grounds of the Rosengarten estate. There he transformed a moribund private estate into one of America’s most exuberant, romantic and flamboyant gardens. Subsequently, he was the Vice President for Horticulture and External Operations for the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and then part-time Executive Director of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy in Ojai, California. In September, 2006 he was appointed Director, of the Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada. While pleased to be in Canada his heart yearned for California and in January, 2008 assumed the position of Executive Director of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden.
Chris moved to Pennsylvania to become Director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Meadowbrook Farm in September, 2012. He was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to design the central feature for the Philadelphia International Flower Show 2013. He returned to California in December 2013 and has established a consulting business. Some of his clients are the Flora of North America Association and the Friends of the Bakuriani Alpine Botanical Garden
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