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Manzanita Newsletter
Summer, 2013
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This page describes the Manzanita, a quarterly publication sent to Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. The Friends also periodically send out an email newsletter announcing classes, plant sales, and topics of interest to lovers of California Native Plants. To sign up for the email newsletter, click here

Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden receive the quarterly newsletter Manzanita as a benefit of membership. Regular features include articles about the Botanic Garden and aspects of California plant life written by botanists, horticulturists, and other prominent native plant experts. The newsletter also includes timely information about classes, field trips, and events offered by the Friends.

To join the Friends, please see our Support the Garden page.

The table of contents page lists the titles of articles in all published issues






IN THE CURRENT ISSUE

Manzanita
    Aridity and the California Flora: Remarkable Adaptations to
    a Unique Climate

    By Dylan O. Burge
    Many of California's native plants have evolved in a Mediterranean-type climate with months of drought each summer. Others experience not only drought but also extreme heat in desert regions of the state. Lack of water has led to a fascinating array of physiological adaptations and life-history changes that allow native plants to survive-and thrive-under these harsh conditions.

    Thanks to the Friends
    By Joe Dahl
    From garden supervisor Joe Dahl, heartfelt thanks for the financial support the Friends organization and its members have provided to the garden over the years. That support has translated into many significant enhancements in the garden, among them reconstruction of the pond, creation of naturalistic rock outcrops, and improvements to paths and plant beds.

    Drought-Tolerant Plants in the Garden
    By Glenn Keator, PhD
    All drought-tolerant plants are not equal in their abilities to resist drought or to look attractive, and for some, occasional supplemental water during the dry season will make them healthier and more attractive.


FROM THE MANZANITA ARCHIVES

The Garden's Role in Cultivar Introduction
By Stephen W. Edwards, Ph.D.
From Volume 5, Number 3, Fall 2001

Over some seventy years now, California's four large native botanic gardens--Rancho Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, U.C. Berkeley, and the Regional Parks--have played vital roles in the introduction of native cultivars. These great gardens have joined a number of private nurseries in this endeavor.

Most cultivars are clones, in other words they involve genetically identical plants reproduced vegetatively. A cultivar may begin as a selection made in the field, for instance an unusually floriferous individual that really stands out from run-of-the-mill examples of a common species. Or it may begin as a hybrid individual that unexpectedly appears in a garden setting where two species that could never have a chance to interbreed in the wild are growing together. A cultivar could even begin as a mutant new branch with unusual foliage on a tree that hitherto seemed unremarkable. . .

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The Role of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in the Preservation of Rare Plants
By Joe Dahl
From Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 1999

With the coming of warmer weather the perennial and deciduous plants of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden have emerged. The warmer weather has brought an increase in visitors who are lured by the pleasant weather and the new, lush, late spring growth that appears to have renewed the Garden. Beds that appeared empty over the winter months are now covered in leafy mounds and flowers of many colors.

Lately, I have been approached by Garden visitors who wish to compliment the staff on the wonderful appearance of the Garden. It occurred to me that there are aspects of the Garden beyond its obvious beauty that many visitors may not be aware of. Not only does the Regional Parks Botanic Garden house an extensive collection of California native plants, but many of the plants in the collection are listed as rare or rare and endangered by the state of California. In the Garden are also examples of plants that have become extinct in the wild...

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