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San Diego Horticultural Society
9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, California 92122
Our first speaker of 2019 will be Jeff Chemnick from Aloes in Wonderland garden and nursery in Santa Barbara. An authority on Mexican cycads, Jeff also leads botanical and ornithological eco-tours throughout Mexico particularly in the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.
Jeff’s nursery, Aloes in Wonderland, was founded in 1988 and occupies nearly 4.5 acres in the upper Sycamore Canyon area of Santa Barbara. Jeff lost his home in the Tea Fire in 2008. Fortunately, the drought-tolerant garden he planted years ago has made a remarkable comeback. Despite its name, its primary focus is cycads, although aloes abound as well. The nursery also sells agaves, palms, cactus, bromeliads, crassulas, dracaenas, beaucarneas, yuccas, pachypodiums, cyphostemmas, fouquierias, furcraeas, alluadias, brachychitons, cussonias, and moringas. While most of the plantings are in ground, the nursery also sells thousands of potted cycads and hundreds of seedlings.
A past president of the Santa Barbara Horticulture Society and former chair of the Horticultural Society Annual Plant Sale, Jeff is a research associate at the Ganna Walska Lotusland botanical garden in Santa Barbara, and a member of the IUCN’s Cycad Specialist Group which determines the status of endangered cycads worldwide. Jeff has given numerous presentations on his botanical travels worldwide and teaches the Lotusland docent training course on cycads. Currently, he is working on a book on the cycads of Mexico.
The event is free to SDHS Members; $15 non-members. Tickets available at the door. SDHS annual membership only $30! Join or renew your membership at https://goo.gl/UMcG4H
Doors open at 6pm for socializing and with the lecture starting at 6:45pm. Please note that our monthly meetings are held at the Congregation Beth Israel of San Diego
across from UTC. The address is 9001 Towne Centre Dr, San Diego, CA 92122.