Summer Sips: Illustrating the Catalina Flora

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016

Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Instructor: Dr. Linda Ann Vorobik

Location: Blakesley Library

Space is still available!  Please register at the door.

Illustrating the Channel Island floras has been one of Linda's most cherished experiences, especially since it means working with Steve Junak, and now Matt Guilliams, of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. What started as "cartoon" drawings of species morphed into the illustrated volumes A Flora of Santa Cruz Island and A Flora of San Nicolas Island. In this talk Linda describes the process of botanical illustration and shares some of her experiences on the Channel Islands.

Dr. Linda Ann Vorobik

Linda Ann Vorobik, PhDLinda Ann Vorobik, botanist, editor, and illustrator of numerous botanical publications, cherishes all three west coast states as home. She holds a PhD from the University of Oregon, Eugene, and conducts field research and teaches in the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon. She currently lives on Lopez Island, Washington, and visits Berkeley on a regular basis, where she is a Research Associate at the University Herbarium, UC. She visits Santa Barbara to teach at the Garden and for the annual Santa Barbara International Orchid show.

Linda has over 25 years of illustration and college level teaching experience, and is principal illustrator of The Flora of Santa Cruz Island, The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California, and has contributed many illustrations to the Morphology and Evolution of Vascular Plants. 

Visit her website here

May 28 Winery Sponsor

Grassini Family VineyardsThanks to Grassini Family Vineyards for sponsoring this month's Summer Sips.

Owners: Larry & Sharon Grassini
Winery Location: Happy Canyon in the easternmost part of the Santa Ynez Valley
Tasting Location: Wine Collection of El Pasea, 813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara
Open noon - 6pm daily
(805) 618-1185

  • Grassini Family Vineyard wines are featured in select wine stores and restaurants in Santa Barbara such as Les Marchands and Wine + Beer in the Public Market. See their website for a full list.
  • They are 100% estate - Grassini grows all of the grampes, make all of the wines, and bottle everything on their property!
  • About 6 large solar panels power EVERYTHING on their property.

Summer Sips Series Sponsor

Whole Foods Market logo

Thanks to Whole Foods for sponsoring this year's Summer Sips Series.

Each lecture will include a unique tasting menu showcasing Whole Foods' new selections that pair well with the wine being poured and match the theme of that evening's lecture.

2016 Summer Sips: Wine & Cheese botanical lecture series

Purchase a series pass for a discount

Each lecture begins with delicious appetizers, a wine tasting, and conversation with one of our local sponsoring vintners in the Garden’s Courtyard. 

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

May 28: Illustrating the Catalina Flora
Linda Vorobik, Ph.D., Botanist and Illustrator, Washington
Winery: Grassini Family Vineyards

June 18: Intergalactic Plant Interactions
Christopher Lortie, Ph.D., Integrative Ecologist, York University, Toronto
Winery: Deep Sea by Conway Family Wines

July 16: Why Care About Rare Plants?
Heather Schneider, Ph.D., Rare Plant Biologist
Winery: Derby Wine Estates

August 20: So a Plant Walks into a Bar...
Matt Kay, Ph.D., Botany Professor, Santa Barbara City College
Winery: Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

September 17: A Celebration of Condors
Estelle Sandhaus, Ph.D., Director of Conservation & Research at the Santa Barbara Zoo
Winery: Captain's Reserve

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