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by Veronica Raymond, posted by Deb Shaw

Although not a BAGSC or ASBA workshop, the following may be interesting to all of us who are working on trees for the ASBA exhibition “Out of the Woods”.Dr. Matt Ritter, professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, will be teaching a workshop entitled, “Tough Trees Made Easy: Pines, Oaks, Eucalypts, and Figs.”

Here is the workshop description and information, by Dr. Ritter and Dr. Yost:

Learn to ID species in the most difficult groups of trees! Help support student research travel. At this workshop we will teach you the biology and important identifying characters of pines, oaks, eucalypts, and figs. This all-day workshop will include lecture and lots of hands-on lab time for you to test your knowledge and practice difficult tree identification. You will walk away with the skills and working knowledge needed to identify species in the largest and most confusing groups of trees in California. We’ll also send you away with all the reference materials you’ll need for future work with these ubiquitous trees.

Three workshop locations to choose from:

  • Palomar College, San Marcos on Tuesday June 28th, 2016
  • The Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia on Thursday June 30th, 2016
  • San Jose State University, San Jose on Thursday July 7th, 2016

The workshop costs $120 and includes:

  • A workshop packet and illustrated materials for identification
  • Post workshop online identification and reference tools
  • Catered breakfast and lunch, coffee, tea, and refreshments
  • ISA Continuing Education Units (7 units)

100% of the workshop proceeds go to support student research travel to Australia. Learn new information while helping a Cal Poly student realize their dream!

Space is limited, register online or email Matt Ritter.

 

Workshop Instructors:

Dr. Matt Ritter: Winner of the WCISA R. W. Harris Award for Excellence in Education and author of California’s funniest book on trees.

Dr. Jenn Yost: Inspiring Professor of Botany at Cal Poly, where she teaches plant identification, ecology, and evolution.

by Alyse Ochniak, posted by Deb Shaw

Jim Folsom lecturing during the "Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium." Photo by Clara Josephs, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Jim Folsom lecturing during the “Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium.” Photo by Clara Josephs, © 2015, all rights reserved.

More looking forward to the next New York Botanical Garden Triennial, “Out of the Woods”:

Jim Folsom, Marge and Sherm Telleen Director of the Botanical Gardens, will be teaching two workshops about the structure of trees at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, on:
October 24, 2015 (limit 30 students) in the Brody Teaching Lab, from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, and
January 17, 2016 (limit 20 students) in the Engemann Applied Tech Lab, from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Cost is $10.00 each session, payable at the workshop. Reservations are required, however; please RSVP to Alyse Ochniak. Reservations are first come, first served.

Come to one or both! Each session will be a 3-hour demonstration/workshop. Students will use dissection and compound microscopes to examine tree architecture, growth patterns, and structural characteristics using fresh and prepared material (provided by the Gardens). Discussion will include characteristics and terminology used to describe trees, and most useful in identification. Instruction will give particular attention to natural growth patterns and specific details of tree morphology and anatomy that would impact veracity of depiction.

Workshops only require pencil/pen and sketchbooks for taking notes, although artists are welcome to bring whatever materials they would like to use. Attendees are welcome to stay and draw in the Gardens after the class.

For more information about the New York Botanical Garden Triennial “Out of the Woods, Celebrating Trees in Public Places” visit the ASBA website.

The Huntington is located at: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California, 91108.

About the instructor:
Jim Folsom, PhD., rides the demographic peak of baby boomers, having been born in southeastern Alabama in 1950. His lifelong love of plants is reflected in a BS in Botany from Auburn University, an MA in Biology from Vanderbilt University, and a PhD in research botany from The University of Texas at Austin. Though his research has centered on the orchid family, with much of the research time spent in Tropical America (including a year in Colombia on a Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellowship), Jim’s botanical interests are wide-ranging. As Curator of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington in San Marino, CA, he dedicates much of his effort to educational programs that increase public interest and understanding of the science, culture, and history of plants and gardens. He lives at The Huntington with his wife, Debra (also a botanist) and children Molly and Jimmy. Jim was recognized as a Friend of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America in 1996, a Member-at-Large of the Garden Club of America in 1998, and presented a Professional Citation by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta in 1999. The Garden Club of America awarded him their Medal of Honor in 2007.

by Clara Josephs, posted by Deb Shaw

Are you looking for a tree to portray for the The Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial, “Out of the Woods”? We have a wonderful opportunity to participate in a guided tour of the unique tree collection of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, arranged just for pre-registered BAGSC members.

On the morning of Saturday, October 17, Jim Henrich, LA Arboretum Curator of Living Collections will take 20 pre-registered BAGSC members on a one hour, vigorous walk through the Arboretum to see and learn about some of their very special trees. Jim will explain what makes these trees stand out, their history and uses. After the tour you will be free to sketch and take pictures or just enjoy the Arboretum and Peacock café.

So that everyone can hear the discussion, this tour is limited to 20 members. To reserve a spot, email Clara Josephs. Confirmation and additional details will be sent to you by return email.

For more details about the exhibit “Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens”, read the Call for Entries in the Exhibitions section of the ASBA website.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden:
626.821.3222
301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

by Jill Berry, posted by Deb Shaw

Looking up into the canopy of Platanus racemosa, or Western Sycamore. Photo by Deborah Shaw, 2014.

Looking up into the canopy of Platanus racemosa, or Western Sycamore. Photo by Deborah Shaw, 2014.

The Los Angeles Arboretum is offering an opportunity to learn about the botany of trees in a series of workshops:

ALL ABOUT TREES with Dr. Matt Ritter
Workshops for Homeowners, Landscape Professionals & Plant Lovers

Each workshop will be held from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.
$25 Arboretum members per class; $30 non-members per class (includes Arboretum admission).
Please call the Class Registration Line at 626.821.4623 to register, or you may register at the door.

Saturday, June 21:  The Botany of Trees
This workshop is specially designed for homeowners as well as landscape professionals, and will teach you everything you need to know about how to pick, plant, grow and understand trees.

Saturday, September 6: Tree Diversity and Natural History
Learn about the remarkable tree diversity in Southern California, including natives, how to identify trees, and how to appreciate them.

Saturday, October 11: Trees for the 21st Century in So. California
The focus in this class will be on the most appropriate trees for both small yards and for Southern California’s climate…in addition to undeservedly rare trees for this region and how to find them.

The Los Angeles Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia, California 91007.

Matt Ritter has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a Ph.D. in plant biology. He has authored numerous scientific papers and botanical treatments, including the second edition of the Jepson Manual, the Flora of North America Project, and a natural history guide to San Luis Obispo plants. He is a professor in the Biology Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and director of the plant conservatory there. He holds a Kenan Fellowship at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, is the chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Tree Committee, and editor-in-chief of Madroño, the journal of the California Botanical Society.  http://www.baobabbotanical.com/Ritter

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