The Fullerton Arboretum's Meadow-More than just Grass
Date: May 16, 2013
THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE ARBORETUM.
If possible, meet at 6 PM for a guided walk in the native
gardens. Speaker inside at 7:30 PM.
Speaker: Chris Barnhill
The newest landscape feature at the Fullerton arboretum is the native meadow (or grassland) and what a beauty it is! Yes, the main feature in the garden are the grasses of various sizes, textures, and colors, but it also hosts an extensive collection of beautiful perennials and bulbs. This garden is interesting and colorful almost all year long. If you have been considering replacing a conventional lawn area with something native and "meadowish", this talk is a must.
Chris can tell us which plants are good garden companions and which are bullies, and which are just stellar performers! He will also acquaint us with how one might go about selecting which plant one would want in their meadow and some of the challenges to overcome.
Chris Barnhill has been with the Fullerton Arboretum for over 12 years as the Curator of the Living Collections, where he has spearheaded the effort to create both the Channel Islands and Mohave Gardens. He has worked at Botanic Gardens in both Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Denver, Colorado, and at nurseries in New Mexico and California. He was the photographer for two full length books on two interesting genera of plants from South Africa: One of the species, Conophytum chrisocruxum, was named for him.
Chris spends much of his free time traipsing around southern California, photographing and frolicking in this fantastic botanically diverse region we call home. He also enjoys his family and a steady supply of classical music and George Harrison recordings.