The Desert Forum at the Huntington Garden, photos galore!
I attended the Desert Forum today at the Huntington Botanical Gardens here in L.A. It is a free day in the gardens with some addiontonal activites for all individual cactus and succulent societies associated with the CSSA. There were about 200 attendants, which made for a pretty impressive crowd in the Desert Garden and conservatory. It also meant lots of friendly, familiar faces and answers to all your questions! ;-) Everyone brought their lunch, which we enjoyed in the air conditioned teaching greenhouse. Right after, there was a plant sale from their nursery. Although only a small fraction of the plants in the nursery were for sale, there were definitely some gens to be had. I apologize for not having any photos sto share from the sale, but it was a total zoo, and naturally I had too many plants to hold, and take pictures. There were some talks later in the afternoon, but I couldn't attend as I had to be somewhere else.
Beyond the Desert Forum, it was terrific day in the gardens. Truly one of those spectacular, perfect days here in SoCal that *almost* makes the traffic worthwhile. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, and the winter sun still warmed the gardens to a summery 80F. I spent most of my time in the conservatory, enjoying the plants and listening to everyone's comments. The curator was also there answering questions. It was fun to get to pick his brain! Afterward, I cruised through the old world garden and took a few photos.
Haageocerus cf. pseudomelanostele with positively glowing spinesence.
Hypnotizing Matucana aureiflora.
Unbelievable color in this Fouquieria purpusii.
First time I've seen a Dorstenia gigas blooming in person!
The Aloes stole the show outside!