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Dinner keynote

Bart O'Brien will present Experiencing Guadalupe Island.

Volcanic Guadalupe Island is the furthest outpost of the California floristic province. The focus of Mr. O’Brien’s talk will be on the island’s rare, unusual and endemic plants. Since many of these plants are spectacular additions to Southern California gardens, Bart will also discuss how to grow them. Some are familiar – Guadalupe Island cypress, palm and rock daisy, while others are lesser known – Palmer’s poppy, snow lupine and Guadalupe Island Triteleia. Bart’s presentation will feature these and many more of the island’s flora.

Bart O’Brien is an authority on the native flora of California and northern Baja California, Mexico. Affiliated for many years with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, he is also an accomplished plant collector, grower, photographer, lecturer and author.

Bart O’Brien is co-author of two recent books: the award-winning California Native Plants for the Garden, and the bilingual Care and Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens. His latest book co-authored with Carol Bornstein and David Fross and published by Cachuma Press, Reimagining the California Lawn, will debut in April.

Note: Laura Cunningham, author and illustrator of the new Heyday book, A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California, was scheduled to speak, but had to cancel for personal reasons.