Jon Rebman to Speak on New Botanical Discoveries, Resources, and Projects in our Region


Dr. Jon P. Rebman, noted botanist for the San Diego Natural History Museum, will be speaking at the Anza Borrego Botany Society Public Lecture Series on his new botanical discoveries. The free-to-the-public lecture will be delivered on Monday, February 12, 2018, at 10 a.m., in the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. 

San Diego and Imperial counties of California and the Baja California region of Mexico are areas with continual botanical discovery. Come and learn about some of the most recent new plant species found and described in our region, analog and digital tools for better understanding the local flora, conservation-oriented tasks, and digital projects that include public participation. 

In respect to our extremely rare, regional flora, Dr. Rebman is currently conducting extensive botanical research via binational collaboration throughout the Baja California peninsula in an attempt to re-discover 15 native plant species that are endemic to the Baja California peninsula and have been documented with only 1 historical specimen (the type specimens). Come learn about the progress on this conservation project and see images of some of these “never been photographed before” plants.

Who: Jon P. Rebman, Ph.D., Curator of Botany, San Diego Natural History Museum
WhatNew Botanical Discoveries, Resources, and Projects in our Region
When: Monday, February 12, 2018; 10 AM
Where: Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
Cost: Free to the public

Auction Announcement: 1990 4Runner SR5

Toyota 4Runner up for auction. offered by the anza borrego foundation

Toyota 4Runner up for auction. offered by the anza borrego foundation

The Anza Borrego Foundation will hold an eBay auction of its Toyota 4Runner, which has been used over the last seven years to assist the District’s archaeology program. The eBay auction will open at 9:00 am on Monday, January 22 and close on January 31. 

The starting price has been set at $2,200. The vehicle is in good condition with less than 33,000 miles—driven primarily in the desert. There is recommended maintenance to the buyer; details will be provided in the eBay listing.All proceeds will benefit the Colorado Desert Archaeology Society.

Once live, you can use this link to access the listing:

Vehicle Viewing Opportunity

For any potential bidders who would like to see the vehicle in person and “kick the tires,” a viewing session has been scheduled for this Sunday, January 21 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the parking lot near the ABF office in The Mall located at 587 Palm Canyon Drive.


Mike Evans to Speak at Botany Society Public Lecture Series

mike evans tree of life nursery.jpg

Mike Evans is founder and President of Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano, California. Founded in 1976 and located on 40 acres on the historic Rancho Mission Viejo, Tree of Life is the largest native plant nursery in the state. The nursery offers 400+ species and varieties. Mike is involved in several professional horticultural, and botanical organizations and is a supporter of and frequent visitor to ABDSP.

Mike's talk will illustrate the principles featured in native plant gardens by building a potted "mini-ecosystem" during his presentation.

Who: Mike Evans, President, Tree of Life Nursery
What: Diversity and Beauty of the Natural Garden for Desert Environments
When: Monday, January 9, 2018; 10 AM
Where: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Visitor Center Discover Lab
Cost: Free to the public

Another Successful Botany Society Fall Festival

Phacelia crenulata

Phacelia crenulata

We had another very successful Fall Festival this past weekend. In case you weren't able to be there, here's the overview. You will get the official financial report from the Treasurer (Arie) later. We sold plants that we bought from Green Desert Nursery and plants donated by Living Desert Museum. I was disappointed that some of the plants we wanted were not available from either source. On the other hand, Living Desert gave us some really special items such as Bursera microphylla and yellow-flowered chuparosa. Thirteen people ordered their plants in advance, which really helped me know how many to order. Even so, I should have ordered more! On Friday, Nov. 24 we were set up and ready to go by 8:45 am and there were customers waiting for us to start selling, so we started early. By 10 am we were half sold out, and everything was gone by noon. Our total income from sales was around $1,750. After deducting the cost of plants, sales tax and the honorarium for our speaker, our bottom line net should be around $1,000.

Our speaker, Gordon Pratt, was very informative and entertaining. He discussed numerous butterfly species and the plants that they utilize for both nectar and larval host. It was enlightening to learn that desert butterfly species are doing better than those found on the coastal side of the mountains, because the desert habitat is more intact and less fragmented. It doesn't mean that desert species are free of threats, but overall our invertebrate fauna is in pretty good shape. It turns out that Dr. Pratt may be another source for native plants. He propagates many of them at his home in Anza and has his own small plant sale every year. Thanks Dr. Pratt!

THANKS - my appreciation goes out to everyone who helped with this year's festival, namely: 

Members - Joann and Dick Ingwall, MIke Strandberg, Karin Vickers, Mary Olson, Martha Ellul, Mary Jo Churchwell, Holly Barnes, Arie Korporaal, and Toni Alexander (it's great to have her back). Special thanks to Laura Webb for handling all the publicity for the event.

Park Staff - Regina Reiter, Abby Barker, Larry Hendrickson and Norb Rumke (for waiving the day use fee for our event)

ABF Staff- - Sara Husby, Briana Puzo and Nicki Moore, all of whom were simply great to work with.

If you have comments about this year's Fall Festival or suggestions for next year, please let me know.

Don Rideout

Larry Hendrickson to Speak to Botany Society

Photo: Press-Enterprise

Photo: Press-Enterprise

Larry Hendrickson, Colorado Desert District Botanist, will speak to the huddled masses at the first of the Botany Speaker Series events for the 2017-18 season. Larry Hendrickson divides his time between Anza-Borrego Desert, Cuyamaca Rancho, and Palomar Mountain State Parks, along with the Salton Sea and Picacho State Recreation Areas.

Many in the Botany Society know Larry through his work with Botany Society volunteers in leading efforts to control or remove invasive plant species. He has trained volunteers on how to identify and remove Sahara Mustard and Volutaria. 

His topic, Conservation of Rare Plants in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, a topic he is eminently qualified to discuss. Larry has been mapping the rare plants of the Park for a number of years as part of his duties as Park botanist. 

His talk begins at 10 am at the Steele-Burnand UCI Desert Research Center, 401 Tilting T Drive.. Admission is free.

Who: Larry Hendrickson, Colorado Desert District Botanist
WhatConservation of Rare Plants in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
When: Monday, December 11, 2017; 10 AM
Where: Steele-Burnand UCI Desert Research Center, 401 Tilting T Drive
Cost: Free to the public