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South African Succulents

 Pamla Eisenberg

Pamla Eisenberg

South African Winter Growing Succulents

Join us for a visual exploration of the unique, the hardy, the rare and the beautiful plants of South Africa, with the curator of the Huntington Desert Garden, John Trager, Saturday January 12th at 1 PM, at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.

South Africa’s west coast is one of the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world. It is also a biodiversity hotspot for succulent plants. Some of these succulents are favorites of gardeners and collectors, while others are rarely-grown species found in only a few specialized collections, or are not in cultivation at all! This program surveys the rich diversity of South African succulents, and explores the special climatic conditions and adaptations that allow these plants to survive.

Discover the unique species successfully grown in a Californian garden, as well as the wide array of South African species growing in their natural habitat. The Huntington Desert Garden is nearly 100 years old, features more than 2,000 species of succulents and desert plants in sixty landscaped beds. This 10-acre garden display is the Huntington’s most important conservation collection and is home to an Aloe (Aloaceae) collection, constituting one of the largest collections outside Africa.

 photo by Pamla Eisenberg

photo by Pamla Eisenberg

Presentation is followed by a free Docent-Led Garden Tour of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden at 2:15 PM.

Presentation is $5 for Garden members / $10 for public. No pre-registration required. For more information, email education@slobg.org

 photo by Derek Tribble

photo by Derek Tribble

John Trager is Curator of the Desert Collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California where he has worked since 1983. Trager’s horticultural writings have appeared in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, the Euphorbia Journal, and various other horticultural publications.  He is perhaps better known for his photography - over 2000 of his images have been published in numerous textbooks and horticultural journals.  John has traveled widely in search of plants (and insects). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Cal Poly Pomona and earlier studied Botany at UCSB and Santa Barbara City College.

Earlier Event: December 8
The Mysteries of Monarch Migration
Later Event: January 30
Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop