San Francisco Botanical Garden Society's 2009 Annual Winter Symposium focuses on water usage in California Gardens, a topic that resonates locally and has global implications. Find out what you can do to conserve our most precious resource without sacrificing botanical flair in your garden.
8:00 – Registration, Books and Plants for Sale, Coffee
9:00 – Welcome and Introductions, Michael McKechnie, Executive Director
9:15 – California Natives and Water Usage with Glenn Keator
California botany expert and friend of SFBG Dr. Glenn Keator gives an overview of water usage in California and how local climates and native plant communities are intimately involved. With Alrie Middlebrook, Glenn is the co-author of Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens.
10:15 – Break, Books and Plants for Sale
10:45 – Year-Round Color in Water-Wise Gardens with Susan Handjian
Susan Handjian shares techniques and tips for conserving water in Bay Area gardens and sustaining year-round color in water-wise gardens. Susan is a veteran Water Conservation Representative at East Bay Municipal Utility District, and co-wrote the book Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates. Susan and her colleague Christine Finch received the 2005 Award of the California Horticultural Society for their contributions to water-wise gardening.
12:00 – Lunch in the Gallery, Books and Plants for Sale
1:15 – Drought-Tolerant Mediterranean Plants with Jeff Rosendale
Jeff Rosendale speaks from his nearly 40 years of horticultural experience in the Central Coast and Bay Area. Jeff is widely recognized for his introduction of many new drought tolerant plants. Jeff and his wife Lisa are owners of Rosendale/Sierra Azul Nurseries in Watsonville, which features a two-acre demonstration garden, nursery and sculpture garden with the mission "to promote the aesthetic use of Mediterranean climate and other appropriate plants in water conserving gardens and landscapes."
2:15 – Natives in the Garden with Don Mahoney, Ph.D.
Every garden is unique, and so is every gardener. Expand your native botanical palette as SFBG Curator Dr. Don Mahoney discusses California's wealth of native shrubs and trees that are appropriate for the garden, as well as other beautiful, water-saving plants from the world's Mediterranean regions.
3:15 – Tour of Native Plant Garden
Join Glenn Keator and Don Mahoney for a walk through the Arthur Menzies Garden to observe some of the best native plants for water-wise gardens.
co-sponsored by Sloat Garden Center.
Field Biologist and author of Designing with California Natives.
Author and water conservation expert Susan Handjian
Rosendale/Sierra Azul Nurseries co-owner Jeff Rosendale
SFBGS Curator Don Mahoney leads a captive audience.