June 6, 2013 Program
LACSS meeting begins at 7:00 PM .
The Sepulveda Garden Center will open for set-up
at 6:15 pm.
Program Title: Discovering Aeoniums
Presented by Jim Gardner and Laurel Woodley
This talk combines habitat photos taken by Jim during his visit to the Canary Islands, home to most species of the genus Aeonium and photos taken by Laurel of plants in cultivation in Southern California collections. The presentation includes the species coming from specific islands, hybrids and selections created in cultivation and the use of Aeoniums in the landscape.
JIM GARDNER BIO
I’m a retired Kaiser Permanente physician, having practiced at the Harbor City facility for thirty years. In 1972 one of my physician colleagues got me hooked on succulents, and I haven’t stopped playing with them since.
Since retirement I have been relentlessly propagating succulents for sale at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes. I like them all….anything that will grow for me. In the last three to four years I’ve fallen in love with Aeoniums. I enjoy their surprising variety of form and color, and usually their ease of cultivation.
In February, 2012 my wife and I spent a week driving around on Tenerife and La Gomera in the Canary Islands looking at the amazing variety of succulents (Aeoniums, Euphorbias, Senecios, Ceropegias and others) and birding as well. I took a few pictures of Aeoniums, some of which are included in today’s talk.
Bio for Laurel Woodley
Laurel Woodley is a retired Professor of Biology from Los Angeles Harbor College who has been involved in the succulent hobby since the mid 1960’s. She is a long-standing member of the Sunset Succulent Society and a member of the South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society. Laurel is both a volunteer and a member of the Foundation Board at the South Coast Botanic Garden where she has been involved in signage of the garden plants on the 87 acre site. She is currently the Past-President of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA).
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