Firesafe Landscapes

Firesafe landscapes
with CAL Fire Defensible Space Inspector, Ted Mathiesen
Saturday, July 15 from 1 PM – 2 PM,
followed at 2 PM with a free docent-led tour.

WILDFIREWith a hot summer ahead, now is the time to prepare your landscape to be fire safe. Join Ted Mathiesen from CAL Fire at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Saturday July 15 from 1 PM to 2 PM as we learn best practices for installing a landscape to keep your house and yard safe! Learn design basics, planting techniques, and professional advice to make your Central Coast yard lean, clean, and green. Presentation is followed by a free docent-led tour of the Garden at 2PM.

Presentation is $5 for Garden members/$10 non-members. No reservations are needed. For more information contact education@slobg.org.

Ted Mathiesen is a retired wildland firefighter, after 37 years with the Los Padres National Forest. He is currently working as a Defensible Space Inspector with CAL Fire. Ted has also worked as a property inspector for USAA Insurance assessing properties for wildland clearance and fire resistant construction materials. Ted offers the residents of San Luis Obispo County the ability to recognize good defensible space on their property as well as fire resistant construction materials.  He also offers suggestions on how to improve defensible space and what fire resistant construction materials are available.

County Parks charges a $3 parking fee April – September. Carpool and save!

 

Getting to know your Palms

This lecture is designed to give participants an introduction to plant morphology, systematics, anatomy, ecology, and conservation of palms in a botanical garden setting. We will cover basic palm biology, including vegetative and reproductive form and function, the global diversity of palms, and their relationships.  Finally, we will learn how to recognize the most widely planted palms in California.

 

Dr. Jenn Yost is a botany professor at Cal Poly in the biology department.  She is the Director of the Hoover Herbarium.  She teaches general botany courses and the upper division plant taxonomy and field botany courses. She studies the genus Dudleya, little succulent plants found on rocky outcrops, and the genus Lasthenia, or goldfields. She is an evolutionary biologist who tries to understand how new species are generated. Jenn received her PhD from UC Santa Cruz where she studied cryptic species on serpentine outcrops throughout California.

Getting to know your Palms

This lecture is designed to give participants an introduction to plant morphology, systematics, anatomy, ecology, and conservation of palms in a botanical garden setting. We will cover basic palm biology, including vegetative and reproductive form and function, the global diversity of palms, and their relationships.  Finally, we will learn how to recognize the most widely planted palms in California.

 

Dr. Jenn Yost is a botany professor at Cal Poly in the biology department.  She is the Director of the Hoover Herbarium.  She teaches general botany courses and the upper division plant taxonomy and field botany courses. She studies the genus Dudleya, little succulent plants found on rocky outcrops, and the genus Lasthenia, or goldfields. She is an evolutionary biologist who tries to understand how new species are generated. Jenn received her PhD from UC Santa Cruz where she studied cryptic species on serpentine outcrops throughout California.

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