NEXT LUNCHEON MEETING

  DATE: THURSDAY,
25 APRIL 2019
  TIME: 11:30AM - 1:30PM
  MEETING PLACE: UNIVERSITY CLUB
ALUMNI ROOM
1332 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, California
  SPEAKER: BEN FABER, Ph.D.
soils/water/subtropical crops
advisor for Ventura and
Santa Barbara Counties.
  TOPIC: He will be speaking about current trends and the status of the area avocado crops and the impact of the fire and aftermath.
  Please bring a plant for the plant exchange!

 
ACTIVITY DAY
  DATE: None scheduled

 


PAST MEETING SPEAKER: HEATHER SCHNEIDER
Rare plant biologist
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Heather began with a guide to the definition of rare plants, then put it into perspective by displaying agraph of common, native, exotic, and rare plants (more than a quarter).

graph of California Flora

She then went on to describe the threats and other impacts. She followed that with descriptions of "fire followers and flowering fields currently in bloom.

Figueroa Mountain Road

She finished up with a slide showing websites that list updates to California wildflowers. Here are links to those websites:
U.S. Forest Service
Theodore Payne Foundation
Desert USA
And of course, the Botanic Garden

hyperlinks

As an aside, Ray recently visited the Franklin Trail in Carpinteria. It has never been so lush! We were hoping to include photos, but they no longer seem to be on my phone.

Submitted by
Ray Kolbe

CLUB BUSINESS

Another reminder to please prepare for the upcoming Garden Club Sale:

Spring is upon us and the horticulture committee has been busy as the variety of plants appearing at the 9AM Monday gathering continues to grow and expand. The committee members have been scouring their yards looking for interesting and rare species that will stand out at our plant sale in May. Now is the time to be dividing, potting, and transplanting in an effort to contribute to our plant sale. A suggestion is to buy some 4 inch potted plants at the nursery and move them up into larger pots. Please get in touch with Dan Chase at (804) 699-1461 to learn where the horticulture committee meets and how you might participate.

Submitted by
Dan Chase

Butterfly in milkweed

OTHER BUSINESS

Ray Kolbe has been working on the Santa Monica Creek Trail for a year and a half. Hundreds of native species have been planted and (some) invasive weeds removed and the bare ground covered with mulch. The goal of the project is a combination of beautification and pollinator habitat.

Consequently asclepias (milk weed) and sage are among the majority of the species planted. In addition, there are native cherry trees (holly leaf & catalina varities), elderberry, Pacific madrone, manzanita, wall flower, coreopsis, gilia, clarkia, coastal buckwheat, phacelia, poppy, and native grasses just to name a few.

After the significant winter rains, the native species planted, along with a multitude of other plants, are growing well. Ray is currently in the process of thinning out the weeds adjacent to the beds that have been planted, and covering that unplanted area with mulch. This work will likely continue through May. After that he hopes to begin solarizing the spaces that have not yet been planted. Updates will be provided here in the COMPOST.

Ray is always seeking help with this work in Carpinteria. Call for more details: (805) 705-3429.

Submitted by
Ray Kolbe