BigNews.Biz - Dec 28,2010 - SANTA BARBARA BOTANIC GARDEN -
A State of Change
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Forgotten Landscapes of California by Laura Cunningham
A Book signing and Lecture
Co-sponsored with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, this event is sure to engage novice natural historians as well as experts. Through the use of historical ecology, Laura Cunningham walks through forgotten California landscapes to uncover secrets about the past and shares new perspectives about our ever-changing environment.
Her fascinating new book will be available for purchase in the Garden Shop or at the event, with proceeds going to the Garden.
Santa Barbara Musuem of Natural History
Date and Time
Thursday, February 17, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is an educational and scientific institution fostering stewardship of the natural world through inspired learning, rigorous scholarship, and premier displays. With an emphasis on plants native to California, the Garden advances the knowledge and understanding of plant life and provides a rewarding experience for visitors.
In 1925 the Carnegie Institution suggested a cooperative undertaking with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to administer what it envisioned as a botanical garden "...reaching from the sea to the crest of the mountains, connected by a drive lined with trees, shrubs and flowers from all parts of the earth." Plant ecologist Dr. Frederic Clements came to Santa Barbara as Carnegie's representative in search of geographic sites that could be used for experimental plant research. In 1926 this plan became a reality when Anna Dorinda Blaksley Bliss, a local philanthropist, purchased 13 acres in Mission Canyon for the museum. One can indeed see the mountains and the ocean from this site.