The first meeting of the year for the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Botany Society will be held Monday, November 8, at 10 a.m. in the Daniel Discovery Lab at the Park Visitor Center. A freelecture on the evolution of plant photosynthesis by Dr. Joanne Ingwall will precede the business meeting, and all are invited to attend. New certification classes for the Botany Society will begin January 3, 2011. Anyone interested inattending the classes should contact Larry Hendrickson at email@example.com.
Also, mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Botany Festival and Plant Sale on Saturday, November 27, at the ParkVisitor Center:
Cross border plant specialists are the featured speakers at the 2ndAnnual Botany Festival and Plant Sale that will be held at the Anza-Borrego Desert StatePark VisitorCenter on Saturday,November 27, 2010. Also scheduled are field trips, plant walks, a demonstration of the Native American use of plants, and a native plant sale. The lectures and demonstrations are free of charge and open to the public. The festivalactivities are continuous from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Indigenous Indians of Baja California will share how plants have traditionally been used in their native villages in a morning lecture scheduled at 9:30 a.m.at the Park Visitor Centerin Borrego Springs. At 12 noon, plant specialist R. Mitchel Beauchamp, authorof A Flora of San Diego County, will present a lecture entitled,"Pretend There Is No Border-A Look at Plant Distributions in the Park and to the South.”
The indigenous speakers include Kiliwa Tribal Chief Leonor Farlow who specializes in traditional foods and medicine and will be talking about the preparation of acorn coffee, chia, and prickly pear cactus. Daria Mariscal, who lives in the Paipai community of Santa Catarina and who is a potter who quarries her own clay, will be discussing the use of palm leaves and pineneedles in traditional basketry making. Gloria Regino, who also lives in the Paipai community of Santa Catarina and makes palm and pine needle baskets, willdiscuss the traditional preparation of agave and willow. Horacio GonzalesMoncada, who is the liaison for indigenous groups in Baja California for CUNA (the Association to Preserve Native Culturesin Baja California),will be the translator. The indigenous speakers will be displaying their traditional crafts at the VisitorCenter and will offer them for sale.
When Mitch Beauchamp is not working as a biological consultant for PacificSouthwest Biological Services or Tierra Madre Consultants, you may find him busy as the elected Treasurer for the City of National City. He holds bi-national citizenship with Mexico and has done biological consulting south of the border. He has written numerousarticles and is currently working on a Spanish book entitled FloraPeninsularae on the plants of BajaCalifornia. Following the 12 noon lecture, he will lead a field trip into BorregoPalm Canyon at 2 p.m. to discuss the native perennials found there. To sign up for this trip, contact Briana Ross at the Institute at the Anza-Borrego Foundation at760-767-4063 or go to www.theabf.org
Activities scheduled in front of the Visitor Center throughout the day include a native plant sale, a demonstration of the Indian use of plants by volunteer Marge Hatcher, indigenous crafts presented by BajaCalifornia artisans, plant walks around the Visitor Center,and the sale of a selection of garden books. All proceeds from the day’sactivities will benefit the Park Botany Society projects.
For those who might not be able to attend on Saturday, the Baja California artisans will also have their crafts for sale on Sunday.
Leonor Farlow, a Baja California Indigenous Indian will discuss use of plants at the Botany Festival