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BAGSC Fall 2023 Quarterly Members' Meeting in Two Parts: with Guest Speakers Stephen Blackmore and  Nicole Cavender

Our all-members' Fall Quarterly Meeting will once again be in two parts!


Part 1 took take place on Labor Day weekend:

Saturday, September 2
9:30 am Pacific Daylight Time

10:30 am Mountain

11:30 am Central

12:30 pm Eastern

Part 2 will be on:

Sunday, November 12
9:30 am Pacific Daylight Time

10:30 am Mountain

11:30 am Central

12:30 pm Eastern



Open to BAGSC members, ASBA, friends and guests. RSVP by clicking the "Register Now" button on this page to receive the Zoom link. 

Typically, our quarterly meetings are reserved for BAGSC members. BAGSC is opening this meeting to non-members and guests, at no charge. Join us for a riveting program. 

This presentation will be recorded.


Part 1: “Doors open” at 9:15 am and a short BAGSC meeting will formally begin at 9:30 am PDT. At the BAGSC Meeting portion of the Zoom, we will discuss upcoming workshops and exhibition opportunities.

We realize it's a holiday weekend in the US. If you are registered, but are too busy to attend the live session, you will receive a link to the recorded meeting. The recording will be available for unlimited viewing for everyone who RSVPs.  

Nicole Cavender, Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens has arranged for us to view a recording of a keynote address given at The Huntington by Stephen Blackmore, chair of the Botanic Gardens Conservation International board (BGCI) and His Majesty’s Botanist in Scotland“Gardening the Earth: Plants and People for the Future” presents a message of optimism and hope, focusing on the role of plants in the ecology of the planet and the potential of botanical gardens to contribute practical solutions to many of the natural environment’s greatest challenges. Blackmore discusses the power and impact of the global network of botanical gardens, highlighting the important role The Huntington plays.


The BGCI contributes a wealth of information about the current status of plants globally. They have just concluded assessing the conservation status of 60,000 tree species estimating the loss of 4 million hectares a year of primary forest.


Part 2 details: Blackmore’s talk sets the foundation for our next meeting on Sunday, November 12 at 9:30 am, Pacific Time with our guest Nicole Cavender, Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Cavender will further explore the role of The Huntington in this global effort and how we, as botanical artists, can support the work of conservation around the world.


Cavender also will bring us up to date on the activities at the Brody Botanical Center.

Our November 12 presentation will be recorded as well.

We encourage all members to either attend our meeting on September 2 or view the recording to gain a greater understanding of the “power of the brush” in addressing the global crisis of habitat loss.


Members, friends and guests who already registered for Part 1 on September 2 are automatically registered for Part 2 on November 12. New RSVPs will be send the link to Blackmore's recording in their confirmation email, so they can view the recording before Cavender's presentation in November.

Questions about the meeting?
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We hope to see you there!

About the banner artwork

Opuntia chaffeyi, Gayle Uyehara, © 2020, colored pencil with watercolor underpainting on hotpress watercolor paper. Painted from a specimen at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Opuntia chaffeyi is a critically endangered species, threatened by habitat loss.

Information at a Glance


Both Part 1 and Part 2 are online, Zoom presentations, and are

Everyone is welcome!

Both presentations will be recorded for viewing following the live presentation for everyone who has RSVP'd.


Part 1: Stephen Blackmore

Saturday, September 2, 2023

9:30 am Pacific Time

Part 2: Nicole Cavender

Sunday, November 12, 2023

9:30 am Pacific Time

Everyone who RSVPs will be automatically added to the Part 2 event and will receive notifications and links.

Contact BAGSC Meetings Committee by clicking here.

Contact BAGSC Media Committee by clicking here.

About our Presenters






of Reading. He was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society of London in 1976 and then worked at the Royal Society of London’s Research Station on Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean before being appointed Lecturer in Biology and Head of the National Herbarium and Botanic Garden at the University of Malawi. In 1980, he was appointed Head of Palynology at Natural History Museum in London and from 1990 to 1999 served there as Keeper of Botany.


He was the 15th Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh from 1999 – 2013, and was appointed His Majesty's Botanist in Scotland in 2010.

Blackmore has received three awards from the Linnean Society of London; the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society awarded him the Scottish Horticultural Medal in 2008; and the Royal Horticultural Society presented him the Victoria Medal of Honour in 2012. In 2011 he was appointed a CBE for "services to plant conservation".

In 2013, Blackmore was appointed Chairman of the Darwin Expert Committee of the Darwin Initiative. He served on the board of the Seychelles Islands Foundation from 1997 until 2022. Since 2014, he has been Chairman of Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

including the renowned Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, and Desert Garden. In addition, she is involved in developing and expanding botanical education, outreach, and research programs. Along with the gardens, the botanical division at The Huntington also includes a seed bank, tissue culture lab, and a cryopreservation lab focused on developing protocols for freezing plant tissue at extremely low temperatures and then bringing them back to life at a later date—an arm of research crucial to conservation and sustainability of rare species.

Before joining The Huntington, Cavender served as vice president of science and conservation at the 1,700-acre Morton Arboretum in Chicago. Prior to the Morton Arboretum, she served as chief programmatic officer at The Wilds, a 10,000-acre wildlife conservation center in southeastern Ohio.

Cavender holds a B.S. in environmental and plant biology from Ohio University and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in horticulture and crop science.


Stephen Blackmore, CBE FRSE Royal Society of Biology FLS is a British botanist, educated at St. George's School, Hong Kong and the University

Nicole Cavender joined The Huntington in May 2021 as the Telleen/Jorgenson Director of the Botanical Gardens. She oversees a staff of 85 and several hundred volunteers in caring for more than a dozen gardens,

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