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Cactus Stand in Jamaica, ca. 1895, by Curtis Gates Lloyd (modern colorization of historic b&w photo)

Cactus Stand in Jamaica, ca. 1895, by Curtis Gates Lloyd (modern colorization of historic b&w photo)

Abloom in the Desert
Art and Rare Books Exhibition
Joel Quimby Exhibition
Lloyd Library and Museum
Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 26 – March 21, 2015

The Lloyd Library and Museum invites you to Abloom in the Desert.

Rare and unique volumes from the early 17th century to the present on cacti and succulents from the Lloyd Library’s botanical book collection are now on view. These books explore the earliest accounts of cacti, including early medicinal uses. Learn how the cactus got its name and learn how cacti are used for decorative purposes. Discover the diverse variety of species in this group of plants while enjoying the Lloyd’s indoor cactus garden.

Desert Walk by Joel Quimby

Desert Walk by Joel Quimby

Then explore the deserts of Saudi Arabia through the photographic eye of Joel Quimby, as he shares his visual documentation of time spent in the Middle East.


About Lloyd Library and Museum

The Lloyd Library and Museum, a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization, is a local and regional cultural treasure, which began in the 19th century as a research library for Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists, Inc., one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of the period. Their mission is to collect and maintain a library of botanical, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific books and periodicals, and works of allied sciences that serve the scientific research community, as well as constituents of the public, through library services and programming that bring science, art, and history to life. For more information, visit the Lloyd website at www.lloydlibrary.org.

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The United State Botanic Gardens will host a special lecture series about botanic gardens and how they have contributed to our knowledge of plants.

Alain Touwaide, Scientific Director of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institute, will explore four gardens and discuss their contributions to botanical history. A brief overview of this lecture series follows. Please click on the links to read details about each lecture.

Attendance is free. Pre-registration required.

The Lloyd Library and Museum in Cinncinati, OH will host If Wine is Sublime,
an exhibition featuring rare books, maps and artwork about grapes, vineyards and wine. The exhibition opens on September 13, 2014 and continues through December 12, 2014. Artworks include botanical illustrations, tapestries, sculpture and video.

Participating Artists

  • Jeni Engel Conley
  • Ingrid Finnan
  • Jean Gallagher
  • Rose James
  • Sandra Kessel
  • Victoria Kochergin
  • Richard Luschek II
  • Dianne McElwain
  • Asisa Madian
  • Arillyn Moran-Lawrence
  • Lynne Railsback
  • Sandra Rude
  • Trish Weeks

Registration to required to attend the opening reception on September 15, 2014 from 4-7 pm. Seating is limited. Registration deadline is September 8, 2014.

Register Today



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Graduate students Michael Pin and Elizabeth Luscher lead a conversation about genetically modified plants. Photo credit: Plant Discovery Day Staff

Graduate students Michael Pin and Elizabeth Luscher lead a conversation about genetically modified plants. Photo credit: Plant Discovery Day Staff

There are many places to see plants in an urban setting, but where can you go to learn about plants and current plant research?

Elementary school students in Riverside don’t have to look too far to learn about plants. They only need to turn to UC Riverside. Some local students have the opportunity to learn about plant research first-hand every school year and it is this exciting opportunity that is the focus of this issue of Plants, Life, Riverside.

Each Spring one hundred fifth-grade students from Highland Elementary School in Riverside get to immerse themselves in the plant sciences thanks to the dedication of graduate students in the Department of Botany & Plant Sciences at UC Riverside.

Launched in June 2012, Plant Discovery Day was created by graduate students Jessica Diaz and Erin Brinton, National Science Foundation (NSF) research fellows who wanted to do more than mentor undergraduates and make classroom visits to satisfy the outreach requirement for NSF grants funding their research. They wanted to do something more meaningful and fun that involved more of the department. After doing some brainstorming, they decided to invite students from a local school to campus and Plant Discovery Day was born.

Originally called “Where Does Food Come From”, the first Plant Discovery Day took eight months to plan. Jessica and Erin selected Highland Elementary School as a partner because it was close to campus and served minorities underrepresented in the sciences. 

At the first Plant Discovery Day, students visited several interactive stations, each about a separate plant science topic. This format has proven to be successful and Plant Discover Day is well on its way to becoming a model example of how to engage students in activities related to plants, science and higher education.

This year graduate students provided each student with a white lab coat and a folder for their work. With lab coats on and with folders in hand, students engaged in interactive activities about:

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Citrus research at UCR
  • Carbon Dioxide Exchange
  • Plant Physiology
  • Alternative Energy/Biofuels
  • Strawberry DNA Extraction
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Going to College

Students also learned about botanical illustration. I had the opportunity to participate in Plant Discovery Day and led an activity called “Discover Seeing” that was about how to see plants while using drawing as a learning tool. I also introduced students to scientific illustration as a career and brought attention to the many ways scientific illustrators teach us about science. 


What’s Next for Plant Discovery Day

Event founders Jessica Diaz and Erin Brinton will soon complete their graduate studies and they have started working with the graduate students who will coordinate Plant Discovery Day after they leave.

I asked Jessica and Erin what they envision Plant Discovery Day becoming. Both said they would like it to become a public event benefiting the entire Riverside community. Erin added, “If we could invite more children, have more events, and involve entire families in the event, I feel we would have really succeeded in creating a special outreach event that fills a niche not yet explored by UCR.”

Both founders are very aware, however, that to grow Plant Discovery Day, they will need more funding. While the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences contributes some money towards the event, graduate students are left on their own to raise money to pay for expenses associated with materials, equipment and lunch for the children. 

Would you like to help this group of bright, passionate and dedicated graduate students with Plant Discovery Day 2015?

Go to UCR Online Giving and select the fund titled, “Excellence in Botany and Plant Sciences”. This is a general fund benefiting activities sponsored by the department. Please enter Plant Discovery Day in the box labeled “Special Instructions” and use Appeal Code 14CNAS05. This will make sure your contribution will be used to support this wonderful outreach event. 

When asked what message they wanted to get across about Plant Discovery Day, Jessica replied, “The overall goal is to get kids thinking about the amount of research that has been done on plants and the types of research that has been conducted about plants and plant ecology. Don’t take plants for granted. Science is not only working with mice.”

Questions about contributing to Plant Discovery Day should be directed to
Dr. Edie Allen, Department of Botany & Plant Sciences, UC Riverside.
(951) 827-4714



About Erin Brinton

Erin is a 5th-year Ph.D.candidate in the lab of Dr. Julia Bailey-Serres at
UC Riverside. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her interest in plants is rooted in years of gardening with her father while growing up in Colorado. It was at Occidental College that Erin cultivated her love of plants and her desire to feed the world. While at Occidental, she studied the root system of desert agaves and aloes in the lab of Dr. Gretchen North. She received a Beckman Fellowship for her undergraduate work. As a graduate student, Erin was awarded a NSF graduate research fellowship to fund three years of her schooling and research. She was recently awarded the UCR Dissertation of the Year Program Fellowship to fund her remaining time at UCR. Erin will return to Occidental College in January to begin a two-year post-doctoral research position in Dr. North’s lab. Dedicated to making science accessible to all people, Erin’s previous outreach experience includes presentations at colleges and high schools and working as a math and science tutor with elementary school and high school students.

Erin is currently investigating flood tolerance in corn at the molecular level. She explains that, “Crop loss to flooding in the US costs on average $1 billion dollars with over half of that coming from corn. Improving corn’s tolerance to flooding could not only save money, but also have the potential to alleviate crop loss in areas of the world where farmers cannot afford to replant their corn fields after a flood as we do here in the US.”


About Jessica Diaz

Jessica is a 5th-year Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Patricia Springer’s lab at UCR where her current research is focused on creating rice plants that have more upright leaves so they can be planted at a higher density. Her research also focuses on creating these plants without altering any other parts of the plant’s architecture. Jessica was awarded an NIH MARC U-STAR (National Institutes of Health Minority Access to Research Careers – Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research) fellowship in 2007 as an undergraduate at California State University, Northridge. The NIH MARC U-STAR program focuses on encouraging and preparing underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in research. Jessica credits this program with providing her with a sense of direction in her life. Jessica is a past-participant in the Plant Genomics Research Program at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University. Since beginning her research at UCR in 2009, she has been awarded a two-year IGERT fellowship sponsored by NSF, followed by a three-year NSF graduate research fellowship to fund her research.

Originally from Arleta, CA, a predominantly Latino city, Jessica found it difficult to learn about education beyond high school because she did not know anyone with a higher education. While working as a Playground Supervisor at an inner city school, she created an academic and recreational program promoting a positive social atmosphere that went beyond standard school hours. Dedicated to increasing science literacy in underprivileged areas, Jessica wants students to know that science can be enjoyable and stimulating and not intimidating. Jessica explains, “I feel if I can convey to them what I have learned through my journey, I can bring diversity to the science community and integrate it to inspire other students.”


Inspire young botanists.
Contribute to Plant Discovery Day.

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flyer_LAIFS_2014 Learn About Ferns This Summer

The 50th Annual Fern and Exotic Plant Show & Sale will be held in July this year.

Admire award-winning plants, learn about ferns and take some home too. Attend lectures and demonstrations and shop for ferns, exotic plants and other garden-related merchandise in the very popular marketplace. Opportunity drawings are held throughout the day on both days. Enter your name for a chance to win plants and related supplies.

This annual show and sale is hosted by the
Los Angeles International Fern Society and will be located in and around Ayres Hall at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Click on the image to download the flyer. Share this post with fellow gardeners and fern enthusiasts.

ArtPlantae will be in the marketplace again this year. Hands-on activities, botanical art coloring book for kids and more. See you there!


Visit the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Did you know there was once a movement to create a large botanical garden in metropolitan Los Angeles?

The Kew Royal Botanic Gardens uncovered records and letters about this garden in their archives and writes about the garden on their website. They tell the story of California naturalists who started a non-profit organization and who purchased 3,200 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountains. The organization planned to use 800 acres to create a public garden and research center. The remaining 2,400 acres were to be sold as residential property. The proceeds were to fund the garden.

Called the “California Botanic Garden”, the garden opened in 1928. The stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression forced the garden closed in 1935. The garden and the surrounding land was sold and both were eventually enveloped into what is now L.A.’s Brentwood community.

What happened to all the plants?
Find out in The Forgotten Garden on Kew’s website.



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Reminder: The weekly teaching & learning column is on a brief publishing break. This break will continue through June.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy revisiting selected articles.

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Botanical artist and educator of America’s prairies, Heeyoung Kim, has announced two new botanical art programs. Both will be taught at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods, Illinois.

Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Illinois:


Heeyoung Kim

www.prairieplantart.com
Heeyoung Kim is a botanical artist whose illustrations and paintings of American prairie plants have graced posters, postcards and exhibition catalogs. Heeyoung is passionate about documenting prairie plants and brings attention to the fragile state of America’s prairies by exhibiting her work in national and international exhibitions. Learn More

    Monday Botanical Art Workshops
    Mondays, July 2014 – June 2015
    10 AM – 4 PM
    This course is designed for botanical art students of all levels who are willing to make commitment to learn or improve drawing and painting skills. The most , but most important techniques, will be studied through the courses with continuity, so that students can truly absorb the techniques and apply them intuitively. No need to memorize or take notes all the time, and forget!

    To view course schedule and pricing, go to www.heeyoungkim.com.

    To register, contact Heeyoung Kim or call 847-903-7348.


    Saturday Botanical Art Workshops

    3rd and 4th Saturdays, July 2014 – June 2015
    10 AM – 4 PM
    Similar contents from Monday workshops are adapted appropriately for shorter session focusing on more basic elements. 

    To view course schedule and pricing, go to www.heeyoungkim.com.

    To register, contact Heeyoung Kim or call 847-903-7348.

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