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Workshop on Tree Diversity and Natural History at the LA Arboretum

by Jill Berry, posted by Deb Shaw

Looking up into the canopy of Platanus racemosa, or Western Sycamore. Photo by Deborah Shaw, 2014.

Looking up into the canopy of Platanus racemosa, or Western Sycamore. Photo by Deborah Shaw, 2014.

Don’t forget Matt Ritter’s class on trees on Saturday, September 6 at 9:30 am at the LA Arboretum. Matt’s previous class in June, The Botany of Trees, was enthusiastically attended and filled with accolades at the completion! This will be the second of three workshops with Matt:

Tree Diversity and Natural History, with Dr. Matt Ritter Workshops for Homeowners, Landscape Professionals and Plant Lovers at the Arboretum

Discussion will focus on the remarkable tree diversity in Southern California (including natives), how to identify trees, and how to appreciate them. Saturday, September 6, 2014 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007

$25 Arboretum members per class; $30 non-members per class (includes Arboretum admission) Please call the Class Registration Line at 626.821.4623 to register, or you may register at the door.

Be sure to save the date for Matt’s third (and final) lecture in the tree series:

Saturday, October 11: Trees for the 21st Century in Southern California The focus in this class will be on the most appropriate trees for both small yards and for Southern California’s climate, in addition to undeservedly rare trees for this region and how to find them.

Matt Ritter has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a Ph.D. in plant biology. He has authored numerous scientific papers and botanical treatments, including the second edition of the Jepson Manual, the Flora of North America Project, and a natural history guide to San Luis Obispo plants. He is a professor in the Biology Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and director of the plant conservatory there. He holds a Kenan Fellowship at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, is the chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Tree Committee, and editor-in-chief of Madroño, the journal of the California Botanical Society.

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