Dara Emery Memorial Lecture

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Time: 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Instructor: Randy Baldwin

Location: Blaksley Library

Spaces still available.  Please register at the lecture.

During his 35-year tenure as Horticulturist for the Garden, Dara Emery launched several Garden programs that continue to this day, such as the annual Fall Native Plant Sale, the Garden Growers Nursery, and the Plant Introduction Program. Each year, the Garden honors the horticultural legacy of Dara Emery with this very special lecture.

This Year

Join us for a talk with one of the premiere nurserymen on the South Coast, Randy Baldwin, manager and co-owner of San Marcos Growers (SMG). Randy will speak on his extensive experience growing California native plants.For nearly three decades SMG has kept a reliable and diverse selection of natives, a great service to our cause.

Randy BaldwinRandy Baldwin is a President and General Manager of San Marcos Growers, a wholesale nursery in Santa Barbara, California known in the nursery industry for the diversity of plants it grows and for the introduction of new plants suitable for cultivation in California. He has worked for San Marcos Growers since 1981 and prior to this worked for a Santa Barbara retail nursery while completing a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Botany at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His introduction to the natural world was facilitated by early hiking and camping trips with his family and youth groups. He was a neighborhood for hire gardener in his South Pasadena neighborhood and more plant related inspiration came with his Eagle Scout project building trails at the Theodore Payne Foundation.

Randy is a board member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA) and the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC) and on the Plant Collection Committee at Ganna Walska Lotusland and the Landscape Review Committee at UCSB.

He received the Bouquet of the Year Award in from the Santa Barbara Horticultural Society in 1985, the Annual Award of Horticulture from the California Horticultural Society in 2011, the Horticulturalist of the Year Award from the Southern California Horticultural Society in 2017 and this year is the recipient of the American Horticultural Society's Paul Ecke Jr. Commercial Award, which pays tribute to individuals or companies whose commitment to the highest standards of excellence in the field of commercial horticulture contributes to the betterment of gardening practices everywhere.

In his spare time Randy speaks to groups about the plants that he grows. He also writes the web pages for the San Marcos Growers horticultural web site.


Fall Plant Sale Highlights

September 28: Fall Native Plant Sale Preview Party 
Kickoff this month-long event with a member's only evening in the Garden's courtyard.

September 29: Opening Day
Open to the public: 9am - 6pm

October 6: Garden Planning with the Experts 
Patrick Wiley, Nursery Technician
Get the most out of a visit to our Fall Sale with a tour and guidance on making the best plant choices for your garden.

October 13: Dara Emery Memorial Lecture 
Randy Balwin, Manager and Co-Owner of San Marcos Growers
For nearly 30 years SMG has kept a reliable and diverse selection of antive plants, Randy shares the secret to keeping native happy and healthy.

October 14: Hands-On Drip Irrigation Workshop
Cathie Paré, Environmental Horticulutrist, Irrigation Specialist, and more
Get down and dirty with this hands-on, crash course in home drip irrigation.

October 20: Good Fungi, Happy Roots, Healthy Natives
Robert Kourik, Landscape Designer and Author
Learn about the amazing beneficial fungi that promote the healthiest roots.

October 27: Garden Planning with the Experts 
Patrick Wiley, Nursery Technician
Get the most out of a visit to our Fall Sale with a tour and guidance on making the best plant choices for your garden.

- registration required for all events except Opening Day -

  image of SBBG Spring Plant Sale  image of native iris available at the SBBG Spring Plant Sale  A variety of native Pacific Coast image of iris at the SBBG Spring Plant Sale  image of Matilija poppy, Romneya coulteri, blooming in the SBBG Meadow  Image of Bruce Reed at Members Preview Party taken by Betsy Collins