Garden Helps Prepare Job Seekers for Green Horticulture Jobs

Training people in the elements of eco-friendly landscaping practices with help from a grant.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, in partnership with state, county and city agencies, is conducting a hands-on vocational training program called Water Efficient Landscaping to prepare California parolees and job seekers for sustainable landscaping and horticulture careers.

Lenz Sculpture Collection

Escutcheon, Mythical Bird, Contemplations and Silent Sentinel—all gifts of Dr. Lee W. Lenz, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden director emeritus—now comprise the Lee W. Lenz Sculpture Collection.

On October 26, 2011, the Board formally proclaimed the Lenz Sculpture Collection, consisting of all current and future pieces of artwork donated by Lenz, as a tribute to his long-time support of the art collection at RSABG.

RSABG Hosts Invasive Plants and Pathogen Workshop

The Garden Hosts Workshop to Help Public Garden Professionals Detect Invasive Plants and Pathogens

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is hosting the Sentinel Plant Network’s western region workshop to engage public gardens, volunteers and visitors in the early detection of invasive plant pests and pathogens that threaten plant conservation efforts.

The workshop, to be held December 5 and 6, 2011, will bring together a cross section of American Public Gardens Association (APGA) member gardens from across the western U.S.

Post-Doc Earns National Geographic Society Grant

Jeffery Morawetz, The Fletcher Jones Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, was recently awarded the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration grant $20,000 for fieldwork.

A Manzanita Lost and Found

The Franciscan manzanita, unseen in the wild for eight decades, made headlines around the country when it was found.

by Bart O'Brien

“I garnered it ghoulishly in a gunnysack” said the famous California botanist Lester Rowntree of her late night procurement of one of the last wild specimens of the San Francisco manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana) from the Laurel Hill Cemetery in San Francisco in 1947.

Searching for the Plant Families

Scientists have been conducting research at the Garden since 1930. Today, discoveries in the critical fields of plant systematics and evolution are forging ahead with support from the NSF, other research grants and private contributions from RSABG donors.

by Laura Tiffany

Scientists have been conducting research at the Garden since 1930. Today, discoveries in the critical fields of plant systematics and evolution are forging ahead with support from the NSF, other research grants and private contributions from RSABG donors.

Two New DIGG Awards

Diana Jolles and Jose Zúñiga, Claremont Graduate University botany doctoral candidates, have both received Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDIG), a highly-competitive grant funded by the National Science Foundation.

Jolles’ DDIG grant supports her travels to the southern- and northern-most edges of the range of Pyrola picta (in the Ericaceae or Heath Family) to observe their natural history and collect specimens between June and August 2012. She will travel to the Sierra San Pedro Mártir in Baja California, the north coast of British Columbia, and the southeastern coast of Alaska. Collections will be used for genetic analyses, detailed morphological study and will be accessioned in the RSABG herbarium.

Botanists Travel Briefs

Field work furthers RSABG scientific and student research

McDade and Kiel in Costa Rica

Lucinda McDade, Judith B. Friend Director of Research and Professor and Chair of the Claremont Graduate University Botany Department at RSABG, and doctoral candidate Carrie Kiel traveled to Costa Rica in January to collect members of Acanthaceae.

Plant Safari

J. Travis Columbus, RSABG research scientist and Claremont Graduate University botany professor, and Amanda Ingram, biology professor at Wabash College, chose an excellent year for field research in South Africa and Namibia.

Earlier rains served up a terrific season for regional chloridoid grasses and consequently offered ample successful collecting trips. The three-month trek, with funding from the National Science Foundation, concluded in April 2011 with a visit to the Skeleton Coast of Namibia.

CPC Annual Meeting 2012

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is hosting the Center for Plant Conservation’s national meeting on April 18-21.

The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is a consortium of 36 botanic gardens or plant conservation organizations dedicated to saving plants from extinction in the U.S. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) was a charter member of the CPC, which was founded in 1984.

The four-day conference brings together conservation professionals from across the U.S. for workshops, presentations, tours to help conserve rare or endangered flora.

LaFleur to Direct Horticulture at the Garden

On March 15, 2012, Scott LaFleur joins the Garden as the new director of horticulture. He succeeds Susan Jett, who accepted the position of director of the vets garden and associate director or horticulture for nursery operations last fall. Jett has been with the Garden for 20 years, six of which she spent as the director of horticulture. The director is responsible for overseeing the Garden’s living collection, nurseries and greenhouse operations and grounds.