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Manzanita Newsletter
Fall, 2014
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This page describes the Manzanita, a quarterly publication sent to Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. The Friends also periodically send out an email newsletter announcing classes, plant sales, and topics of interest to lovers of California Native Plants. To sign up for the email newsletter, click here

Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden receive the quarterly newsletter Manzanita as a benefit of membership. Regular features include articles about the Botanic Garden and aspects of California plant life written by botanists, horticulturists, and other prominent native plant experts. The newsletter also includes timely information about classes, field trips, and events offered by the Friends.

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The table of contents page lists the titles of articles in all published issues.


    Phenomenal Phenology
    by Glenn Keator, PhD
    Whether you want to better understand the plants growing in your garden, the timing of wildflower displays, or the effect of our changing climate on the flora of the state, you’ll gain useful insights from phenology—the study of periodic events in the life cycle of a plant or animal and how those events are affected by variations in climate and local habitat. Glenn Keator discusses two practical applications of phenological studies—learning when plants come up and bloom in the garden and how to predict a good wildflower year—and he offers an approach anyone can follow to begin their own phenological study.

    The California Phenology Project
    by Maggie Ingalls
    Botanic Garden docent and avid gardener Maggie Ingalls dove into phenology as a citizen scientist participating in the California Phenology Project. Like others involved in the project, she has found great reward in becoming deeply familiar with the plant species she monitors, contributing to the understanding of their life cycles, and getting out in nature on a regular basis. Included with her article is a list of some Northern California phenology projects that invite citizen participation.

    News from the Garden -- September, 2014
    by Bart O'Brien, Garden Director
    In January of this year, the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden received a $90,000 grant from the Bonita Garden Club of Piedmont. Over the course of several weeks, the proceeds of that grant will transform three large beds in the garden’s Southern California/Desert section into beautiful, naturalistic rock outcrops, using more than 100 tons of new rocks and creating excellent planting conditions for the great array of plants that will inhabit them.


The Garden's Role in Cultivar Introduction
By Stephen W. Edwards, Ph.D.
From Volume 5, Number 3, Fall 2001

Over some seventy years now, California's four large native botanic gardens--Rancho Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, U.C. Berkeley, and the Regional Parks--have played vital roles in the introduction of native cultivars. These great gardens have joined a number of private nurseries in this endeavor.

Most cultivars are clones, in other words they involve genetically identical plants reproduced vegetatively. A cultivar may begin as a selection made in the field, for instance an unusually floriferous individual that really stands out from run-of-the-mill examples of a common species. Or it may begin as a hybrid individual that unexpectedly appears in a garden setting where two species that could never have a chance to interbreed in the wild are growing together. A cultivar could even begin as a mutant new branch with unusual foliage on a tree that hitherto seemed unremarkable. . .

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The Role of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in the Preservation of Rare Plants
By Joe Dahl
From Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 1999

With the coming of warmer weather the perennial and deciduous plants of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden have emerged. The warmer weather has brought an increase in visitors who are lured by the pleasant weather and the new, lush, late spring growth that appears to have renewed the Garden. Beds that appeared empty over the winter months are now covered in leafy mounds and flowers of many colors.

Lately, I have been approached by Garden visitors who wish to compliment the staff on the wonderful appearance of the Garden. It occurred to me that there are aspects of the Garden beyond its obvious beauty that many visitors may not be aware of. Not only does the Regional Parks Botanic Garden house an extensive collection of California native plants, but many of the plants in the collection are listed as rare or rare and endangered by the state of California. In the Garden are also examples of plants that have become extinct in the wild...

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