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.

New Student Grants and Visiting Scientists

Hasenstab-Lehman Earns Research Grants

Doctoral candidate Kristen Hasenstab-Lehman recently received a highly competive graduate student research fellowship from the Torrey Botanical Society. The fellowship will support fieldwork for her doctoral dissertation on the genus Varronia and other members of the Boraginaceae (Borage Family). This grant brings the number of RSABG botany students who have received the Torrey Botanical Society prestigious fellowship to four.

David Rogers' Big Bugs

Big Bugs was exhibited at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden February through July 2012.

Rogers' playful art installation skews scale and creates an environment that shrinks visitors and enlarges common creatures to uncommon proportions.

Insects are often taken for granted. But these little creatures outnumber us one million to one. Many live in communal groups working as one for the common good. Their ranks include engineers, soldiers, weightlifters, weavers, hunters, stalkers, gatherers and even royalty.

Horticulture and Propagation of Native Plants at the Garden

Horticulture and Propagation of California Native Plants at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 1950-70

"A Second Summary of the Culture of California Plants at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1950-1970." Download the PDF.

Authored by Percy C. Everett; Edited by Bart O'Brien. Published by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden March 2012. 

The Mediterranean City Conference 2012

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is proud to be a 2012 endorsing organization for The Mediterranean City conference, to be held in Los Angeles June 25 through 27.

The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation will initiate an ongoing collaboration of cities working together to share ideas, needs and strategies to realistically adapt to the current and future impacts of climate change as they similarly affect the five Mediterranean-climate regions of the world. The conference will bring together an international network of experts from the academic, policy, business, public health and government worlds, and will stand as an example for how cities can work together across regional and national boundaries to bring more resources and knowledge to building solutions.

USFWS 2011 Recovery Champion

In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden was selected as one of the 2011 Recover Champions.

RSABG, one of two award recipients from the Pacific Southwest Region, was selected for the recovery work being done to conserve more than 100 federally listed plants.

Wall Awarded Important Conservation Award

Michael Wall, seed program conservation program manager at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, has won the 2012 Star Award from the Center for Plant Conservation for his work with rare and imperiled California native plant species.

The award was presented on April 20 in conjunction with the Center for Plant Conservation’s national meeting, held this year at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG). The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the concern, cooperation and personal investment needed to conserve imperiled native plants.

Volunteer in Angeles National Forest

Be a Champion of California Native Plants and Help Weed Out Invasive Plants


Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) continues to partner with the Angeles National Forest to help eradicate weeds that are popping up and preventing native plant recovery in the wake of the Station Fire.

And you can help, too. Join a crew of staff and volunteers the second and fourth Sunday of each month June through November 2012.

Botanizing Around the Globe

RSABG botanists conduct fieldwork in Tanzania, Africa; Guyana, South America and North America.

J. Travis Columbus, CGU professor of botany and RSABG research scientist, Amanda Fisher, RSABG postdoctoral fellow, and Amanda Ingram, Wabash College professor of biology, traveled to Tanzania to study and collect chloridoid grasses including Halopyrum mucronatum (pictured right).

Become a Fan of Getting Native

August is the perfect time to prepare your garden for planting California natives this autumn. With a little effort and observation, you can identify the principal variables of light and shade. With this piece of the puzzle along with space requirements and soil conditions, you’ll be prepared to choose the plants that will thrive in your space.

Over the upcoming months, The Buzz will deliver a new installment of “Getting Native” video series with tips for selection, planting and maintenance success of California native plants.

Light and Shade in the Garden” offers an overview of how to determine sun and shade conditions in your home landscape. Watch the installment here.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and producer Frank Simpson are proud to present this ongoing project to help gardeners bring the beauty and craft of landscaping with California native plants home.

The “Getting Native” website and Facebook page host a growing number of short videos focused on a particular topic. Upcoming videos, already on the video editor’s desk, include demonstrations to help identify soil conditions and weed abatement techniques. Become a fan of Getting Native on Facebook and receive notice when new videos are posted. Visit Getting Native website at www.gettingnative.com or their Facebook page.

Frank Simpson, writer and producer of “Getting Native,” received a degree in horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin, Ireland, and degrees in landscape architecture from CSU Pomona.