Bulbs and Geraniums
You Haven't Seen Before
By Fred Dortort
Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 pm
Location: Auditorium in the San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Ave and Lincoln Way, San Francisco MAP
Fred Dortort, author of The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World, has been associated with the University of California Botanical Garden for many years. He has written a number of articles for the Cactus and Succulent Journal as well as other periodicals, and over the years has given many talks to the San Francisco Succulent and Cactus Society and other clubs. He has photographed plants in South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar, Baja California and mainland Mexico, and also in the southwest U.S.
Fred's talk, titled "Bulbs and Geraniums You Haven't Seen Before," is the product of a 2012 trip to southern Namibia and northwestern South Africa. This region is home to an extraordinary number of succulent plants and those very odd geophytes typically coveted and grown by succulent plant enthusiasts. We'll see some truly amazing and often extremely uncommon plants that transcend the norm of what most people think of as bulbs and geraniums, along with photographs that reveal the extreme environments that have produced these plants.
Featured growers will be members Carl Frederick and Russell Wagner, emphasizing winter-rainfall plants which are in growth now, including various Othonna and Pelargonium species, plus winter-growing bulbs and mesembs.
What to bring:
Please bring baked goodies, fruit, snack food or a beverage if your last name begins with the letters I to M, and any other members who can contribute this month.