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Manzanita Newsletter
Spring, 2015
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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.

To join the Friends, please see our Support the Garden page.

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

IN THE CURRENT ISSUE -- 75th Anniversary Special Issue

    A Small Botanic Garden with Many Groves of Trees
    by Bart O'Brien

    Thoughts from the Third Director
    by Steven W. Edwards Ph.D as told to Sue Rosenthal

    The Botanic Garden Controversy of 1965 and the Founding of CNPS
    by Jerry Kent

    Thoughts on the Seventy-fifth
    by Beverly Lane

    The Founding of the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden
    by Katherine Greenberg

    My Fledgling Year with Jim
    by Bertram G. Johnson

    Some of my Times with Wayne
    by Joe Dahl

    Regional Parks Botanic Garden: More than a Collection of Beautiful California Native Plants
    by Glenn Keator, Ph.D


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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