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10/19/2019 4:00 PM to
10/19/2019 6:00 PM

Dudleya: Conservation Through Cultivation

During his 35-year tenure as Horticulturist for the Garden, Dara Emery launched several Garden programs that continue to this day, such as the annual Fall Native Plant Sale, the Garden Growers Nursery, and the Plant Introduction Program. Each year, the Garden honors the horticultural legacy of Dara Emery with this very special lecture.


Join us for a panel discussion about Dudleya, a captivating, diverse, and in some cases, threatened genus. This year we'll discuss the intersection of conservation and horticultural use of this special succulent. As ornamental specimens, Dudleyas act as iconic focal points in rock gardens, container gardens, and even indoors. It is precisely this interesting combination of features that has made Dudleya a plant coveted for wild poaching.


Our panelists will each share their unique perspective on the complicated question of where conservation ends and horticulture begins with this plant beloved for its strange beauty. Panelists will range from Garden propagation staff to taxonomic experts to agency officials who all work to protect and promote this California treasure. The discussion will begin with an overview of the unique life histories and ranges of these plants. These factors create specific challenges and opportunities for propagation and care. We'll also delve into the ethics and best practices associated with collecting plants for horticultural purposes. We hope you can join us for this evening of intriguing discourse.


SBBG Member: $20

SBBG Nonmember: $30


More details on panelists to come. Click here for more information about the event.

Blakesley Library, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
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