In this December issue of Save Plants, we look back on 2020. It has been the Year of Resilience. And for CPC, it’s been an amazing Year of Innovation and Opportunity.
Red Butte Garden's Water Conservation Garden opened to the public in May 2017, but planning for the project began years before. Because Utah is the second driest state in the nation, a major focus of the Water Conservation Garden from the beginning was to provide a living showcase of beautiful and dense plantings while using less water than more traditional gardens. Read about how this project took shape.
In this November issue of Save Plants, we feature CPC network conservation partners, who have incorporated lessons from nature to design intentional, sustainable, water-wise, healthy gardens and public landscapes, and those who have designed experiments in natural areas to help interpret and use nature’s lessons about resilience.
The CPC National Meeting has always been a centerpiece of our plant conservation work and the fine individuals who endeavor to Save Plants. Despite not being able to be together physically, we managed to capture the essence of our meeting in a virtual way in 2020. Going virtual had its challenges, but it also had some advantages.
Wendy Gibble has steadily grown the University of WA Botanic Gardens Rare Care Program, which builds partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies to provide critical information needed in the conservation and recovery of 350 Washington native rare species. Under Wendy’s guidance, citizen scientists and students participate in rare plant monitoring, ex situ conservation, reintroduction, and education.
It was nearly 20 years ago that Hong Liu, Ph.D., was awarded the Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship. Working toward her Ph.D. at Florida International University (FIU), Hong used the fellowship funds to support her investigation of the impact of fire dynamics on a rare Florida keys endemic, narrowpod sensitive pea.
Beattie Fellowship recipient Michael Kunz's graduate studies focused on the biology and ecology of rare plants, especially the complex processes that drive population declines and contribute to the distribution of species.
Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship recipient Michelle DePrenger-Levin is a non-traditional student, working at the Denver Botanic Gardens while working towards a Ph.D. through the University of Colorado, Denver, Department of Systems and Integrative Biology. Her dissertation project digs into the heart of a matter of great importance to the CPC network.
The Interactive Ecology internship, offered quarterly by the University of California Santa Cruz and the UCSC Arboretum, emphasizes field experiences that enable students to see and learn in person about the variety of plant communities in the state.
In this month’s Save Plants, we explore some key teaching/learning experiences offered within the CPC Network. Teachers get the opportunity to watch the light bulbs turn on when there is an “Ah ha!” moment of discovery and understanding. Learners get a chance to have a helping hand of experience, while they make their own footprint on our world.