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.
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
Mike Evans Ugly is Not a Turf Replacement
Mike Evans is founder and president of Tree of Life Nursery (TOLN) in San Juan Capistrano, producing and selling California native plants for over 40 years. Born and raised in southern California, Evans demonstrated an early love for the outdoors. He worked with several nurseries both retail and wholesale, before establishing Tree of Life Nursery in 1976. TOLN is now the largest native plant supplier in California and promotes a style of authentic horticulture, specifically the concept of appropriate landscaping with native California plants.
Tree of Life grows more than 500 species and varieties of native plants on 40 acres on the historic Rancho Mission Viejo in San Juan Capistrano. It provides plants for landscaping and ecological restoration at the wholesale level and as well as retail sales of plants and books. TOLN also offers the general public workshops, talks, and the opportunity to experience TOLN’s pollinator gardens.
With his experience in native plant production, design, landscaping, and ecological restoration, Mike Evans advocates a present-day California that deserves to look like the true California. Mike is often called on to write or lecture on the subject. He is affiliated with numerous conservation, horticultural, and botanical organizations and has served as past international president (2005) of the International Plant Propagators Society, past president (1994) of Western Region IPPS, and past president (2001) of the California Society for Ecological Restoration.
Be sure to attend our meeting on April 8, 2019 to hear Mike Evans describe how we can use California natives to produce beautiful, sustainable, southern California gardens. The evening starts at 6:00 PM at Congregation Beth Israel. Admission is free for SDHS members and $15 for non-members. Parking is free. For more information, call (619) 296-9215 or visit sdhort.org.
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