Sunday, December 19, 2010

January 2011 Program Description

"Travelogue from South Africa"
Presented by Art Scarpa

Saturday, January 15 from 1-4 pm
At Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Dive
Boylston, MA 01505

This past summer Our fellow CSSM member Art spent several weeks travelling through Cape Town, the western provinces of South Africa, and north just over the border into Namibia searching for his favorite plants in their native habitats. Due to extreme drought over the past few years, with only 1.5 mm of rain in 2 years in some regions, the surviving plants were well hidden.

Many of the plants we grow indoors here are native to South Africa. The South African Floral region is home to an incredible diversity of endemic native plants unmatched by any area of similar size, the richest area in the world.

South Africa is a vibrant, diverse, exciting society to visit. In addition to his planyt hunting adventures Art will also be recounting some of his experiences and views about it's people and the country as a whole.
Art will bring along some live plants from his greenhouse collection to illustrate how a cultivated plant looks compared to one growing in its native habitat.

This is sure to be an exciting, entertaining, and very informative program, don't miss it!

Meeting Schedule:
1:00 - 1:30     Socializing, eating, plant show, meeting setup
1:30 - 2:00     Business Meeting
2:00 - 3:00     Educational Program (see above)
3:00 - 4:00     Plant Auction and Raffle
4:00 - 4:15     Clean up

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