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South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society Meeting May 2015
2015-05-10 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm UTC-8
The Palos Verdes Symphonic Band will be using the hall for their Mother’s Day concert, so even though the concert doesn’t start until 5:00 PM, the Society will meet in Classroom A at the normal time.
Ernesto Sandoval “Methods of propagation at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory”
Ernesto Sandoval has been wondering and seeking questions to why plants grow and look the way that they do for a long time. Now he explains and interprets the world of plants to a variety of ages and experiences from K-12 to professionals and Master Gardeners. He regularly lectures to a variety of western Garden Clubs throughout the year and particularly to Succulent Clubs throughout the State and elsewhere since that group of plants is his particular passion within his general passion for plants. He describes himself as a “Jose of All Plants, Master of None.” Ernesto thoroughly enjoys helping others, and gardeners in particular, to understand why and how plants do what they do. When he was about 13 he asked his dad why one tree was pruned a particular way and another tree another way. His dad answered bluntly “because that’s the way you do it.” Since then he’s been learning and teaching himself the answers to those and many other questions by getting a degree at UC Davis in Botany and working from student weeder/waterer to Director over the last 23 years at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. He’s long left the “mow blow and go” monoculture landscape gardening world and has immersed himself in the world of polyculture and biodiversity by growing several thousand types of plants at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, many of them succulents. Several of his favorite garden projects involved converting lawns and or water loving landscapes to drought tolerant and diversity filled gardens! He likes to promote plant liberation by encouraging gardeners of all sorts to grow more plants in the ground when possible. He loves the technical language of Botany but prefers to relate information in more understandable methods of communication! By helping people to understand the workings of plants he hopes to help us better understand how to and why our plants do what they do and how we can maximize their growth with less effort.
If you recall Ernesto spoke to us last year on “Plant Hormones”. His topic this year is a bit of an extension of last year’s presentation, but will shift more towards “Methods of propagation at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory”. He will give a brief tour of the techniques used at the Conservatory to propagate plants (including if hormones are useful in propagation). Techniques for better seed germination (sexual) and methods of vegetative propagation (asexual) such as a variety of stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, grafting and air layering will also be discussed. Ernesto will also bring some plants from the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory to sell to assist UC Davis in their propagation efforts.Don’t miss this presentation – you may need this info to save a sick or dying plant or to raise new plants for your friends. See you there!