Special Screening for Members and Volunteers: Carrizo Plain - A Sense of Place

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Time: 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Instructor: Staff

Location: Blaksley Library

Space available. Please join us for this screening even if you are not pre-registered.

The Garden invites our Members and Volunteers to a special screening of Carrizo Plain - A Sense of Place followed by a Q&A session with producer Jeff McLoughlin and the Garden’s own Rare Plant Biologist Dr. Heather Schneider.

Carrizo Plain - A Sense of Place explores a remarkable remnant of early California's native grasslands through the eyes of three artists, Chris Chapman, John Iwerks, and Bill Dewey. Hidden away in Central California, Carrizo Plain National Monument is home to California's largest concentration endangered species as well as dramatic wildflower blooms on wet years. In this cinematic 32-minute documentary, artist Chris Chapman's botanical illustration work leads her to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Here she meets the Garden's rare plant biologist Heather Schneider, Ph.D. who reveals some fascinating detail on the Carrizo Plain's native plants, including the rare and endangered California Jewelflower. Through the artist's exploration, we discover what makes the Carrizo Plain National Monument and natural places like it so important for us all.

Carrizo Plain - A Sense of Place was produced by Jeff McLoughlin for the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature. The film was an official selection in this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It will screen on March 18 at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival as well as the NatureTrack film Festival in Los Olivos during the weekend of March 20. A trailer and additional information on the film can be found on Jeff's production company website goodeyefilms.com.


Image of Heather Schneider, Ph.D.Heather Schneider, Ph.D. oversees the rare plant program, including conducting research, managing the conservation seed bank, and participating in outreach related to California's rare plants. Heather has been studying California's flora for over 15 years. She has interest and experience in plant ecology, seed banks, conservation, invasive plants and evolutionary biology. Heather has a PhD from the University of California, Riverside, worked as an Ecologist for the US Geological Survey and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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