Summer Sips: What Wines and Lichens Have in Common

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Instructor: Rikke Naesborg

Location: Blaksley Library & Courtyard

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Summer Sips: What Wines and Lichens Have in Common

Lichens are complex organisms that make up their own little ecosystems. Many lichens are so small and inconspicuous that they are often overlooked by laypeople and scientists alike. However, they are important components of the world’s ecosystems. Join us to learn about the intricate secret lives of lichens, the link between wines and lichens, and why lichen conservation is so complicated.


Image of Rikke Naesborg, Tucker LichenologistRikke Naesborg, the Garden's Tucker Lichenologist, studies lichen ecology to ascertain how and why lichen species are differently distributed across landscapes. Another major interest of hers is the conservation of lichens, a complicated task that is only possible through a better understanding of lichen distribution and ecology. Rikke received her B.S. and M.S. at University of Southern Denmark and went on to get a Ph.D. in systematic botany from Uppsala University in Sweden. She has lived in California since 2011.

Sanford Winery

Once the first – always the first. In 1971, the first pioneering vineyards in Santa Barbara were planted at Sanford Winery. This renowned cool climate AVA was not only launched by the planting of the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, but also expanded to neighbors’ plantings through cuttings from this vineyard. For over 40 years now, this iconic vineyard has set the standard for quality in the region and is also home to the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the county. Today the estate is owned, farmed and cared for by the Terlato family and is comprised of the Sanford & Benedict and La Rinconada Ranches and their vineyards.


Over 21
Botany/Natural History

Summer Sips Series

Register for all 3 and recieve a discount

Each event begins with wine tasting paired with delicious appetizers and conversation with the local sponsoring vintner in the Garden’s Courtyard. 

  • Presentations are held in the Blaksley Library
  • Attendance is limited, please reserve early
  • Introduce a friend to the Garden by inviting them to join you for a Summer Sips event.
  • Tickets are fully transferable

-or- register for each lecture individually, see dates & event details below:

July 13: Practices and Principles of Inquiry-Based Learning
Robin Gose, CEO and President of MOXI

August 10: What Wines and Lichens Have in Common
Rikke Naesborg, Tucker Lichenologist, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

September 7: Capturing the Secret World of Wildlife
Ben Teton, Preserve Manager and Wildlife Biologist, CNLM Panoche Valley Preserve