Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society
P.O. Box 31029
Santa Barbara, CA  93130
(714) 747-0951
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“Building Botanical Bridges- The Fascinating Flora of Cuba”
Paul Mills
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   The Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society Annual Potluck, Installation of Officers and the Bouquet of the Year Award will be held on January 3rd, 6:30pm at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on the corner of Foothill and La Cumbre Road Speaker: Paul Mills: “Building Botanical Bridges- The Fascinating Flora of Cuba” Cuba is known as the land of warm people, vintage cars, lively music and dance, but beyond all of that it is a biodiversity hotspot that has a very rich flora comprised of many endemic plants. I had the opportunity to visit this largest of the Caribbean islands twice in 2017. The island is 720 miles long with an average of 50 miles wide and has a variety of landscapes from valleys with rich, deep soils to dome shaped limestone outcrops known as mogotes. Only 19% of the country remains forested, down from 90% at the time of Spanish colonization with much of the land initially being cleared for sugar cane plantations. Cuba has approximately 6000 species of plants with more than half being endemic – found nowhere else. A huge variety of plants are found there, from cacti and succulents to palms and cycads, but it’s the palms that dominate the landscape. There are close to 100 different taxa in 16 genera with an extremely high rate of endemism – 90%. The royal palm (Roystonea regia) is ubiquitous in Cuba (there’s a nice example in the 700 block of State Street) and is the national tree. Please join us for the Society’s Annual Potluck. Come out to see old friends and come out to meet new ones. Doors open at 6:00pm, so please come early and help with the setup. Be sure to wear your name tag so everyone will know your name. Bring your favorite dish to share for 6-8! Plates, utensils, napkins, and coffee will be provided. Please provide your own serving utensil for your dish and your own non-alcoholic beverage. Labels are helpful to let everyone know what they’re eating. (Great for people with food allergies too.)
   Gathering on a regular basis since 1880, the Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society meets at 7:00 PM generally on the first Wednesday of every month at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on the corner of Foothill and La Cumbre Road. Visitors are always welcome. There is a free plant exchange prior to the meeting, refreshments are provided, and after the speaker there is a plant raffle where tickets cost only 25 cents. There is usually a monthly garden tour for members to some really outstanding gardens in Santa Barbara.
   Event Category & Type:   Discussion ( Classes, Seminars, Conferences)

   Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Santa Barbara, CA  93110

   Admission:  FREE to All
   Phone:  (805) 684-5725
   Internet:  Website  OR  Website

   This event is ..... Open to the Public, Indoor, Handicapped Accessible, NON Smoking, Cell Phones & Pagers Permitted, but with some restrictions, Cameras & Recording Permitted, NO Pets & Animals, All Welcome


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