Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group
October 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ginkgo, But Were Afraid to Ask" with Dr Peter Del Tredici from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Please join the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1685 W 13th Ave, Eugene OR for our speaker program presented by Dr Peter Del Tredici of the Arnold Arboretum.
Dr Peter Del Tredici will present an in-depth look at one of the most ancient and fascinating trees on the planet. Peter has been studying the natural history and evolution of this tree for the last twenty-five years and is a world authority on the subject. His travels have taken him to remote areas in southwest China in search of wild-growing Ginkgos as well as to old estates and botanical gardens in Europe and the United States. Dr Del Tredici has also studied the cultivation of the Ginkgo for ornamental purposes as well as for the production of leaves to make an extract that some people take to improve their memories.
Dr Del Tredici is a botanist specializing in the growth and development of trees. He retired from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in 2014 after working there for 35 years as Plant Propagator, Curator of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection, Editor of Arnoldia, Director of Living Collections and Senior Research Scientist. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Biology from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon in 1969, and was an Associate Professor in Practice in the Landscape Architecture Department at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1992 through 2016 and taught in the Urban Planning Department at MIT from 2016 through 2019. In 2013, he was awarded the Veitch Gold Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society (England) “in recognition of services given in the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.”
Dr Del Tredici's interests are wide ranging and include such subjects as plant exploration in China, the root systems of woody plants, the botany and horticulture of magnolias, stewartias and hemlocks, and the natural and cultural history of the Ginkgo tree which he has been studying since 1989. His recent work is focused on urban ecology and climate change and resulted in the publication of the widely acclaimed “Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide” (Cornell University Press, 2010).
Doors on the east side of the building open at 6:30 PM for refreshments, book sales, botanical sample browsing and socializing. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. Membership in the Hardy Plant Group is $20 annually. There is ample parking in the parking lot which can be accessed from both Chambers St or W 13th Ave.
Please note the additional parking area and also the overflow area: Additional parking is available in the adjacent Looking Glass Center parking lot to the north, but please do not park under the covered entry way. Overflow parking is also available in the Early Childhood CARES parking lot on W 12th Ave just east of the Looking Glass Center and the first 20 spaces on the east and south side of Berean Baptist Church just across Chambers St to the west.
WVHPG Coming Events for 2019 and 2020
Our Monthly Meetings and Speaker Programs take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, 1685 W 13th Ave, (the corner of Chambers St and W 13th Ave) Eugene, Oregon. Entrance is on the east side of the building and there is ample parking in the parking lot which can be accessed from both Chambers St or W 13th Ave. Additional parking is available in the adjacent Looking Glass Center parking lot to the north, but please do not park under the covered entry way. Overflow parking is also available in the Early Childhood CARES parking lot on W 12th Ave just east of the Looking Glass Center and the first 20 spaces on the east and south side of Berean Baptist Church, just across Chambers St to the west. See our Contact Us page for a map of the parking areas and directions.
Meetings begin at 7:00 PM, but the doors open at 6:30 PM for refreshments, book buying, botanical sample browsing, and socializing. We meet the second Tuesday of the month, September through November, and January through May. The public is invited to attend our speaker meetings. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.
Our monthly meetings include:
~ Fascinating and informative presentations from the best plant people in the world.
~ Superb botanical samples - find out what's blooming now!
~ Terrific door prizes.
~ Wonderful gardening and plant books at discounted prices.
~ Plants available for purchase.
~ Refreshments and a chance to visit with speakers and members before and after the presentation.
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Watch for more information on our up-coming programs and events...
Saturday, May 9, 2020 ~ 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Annual Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group Plant Sale
Lane County Fair Grounds
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS FOR LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS
Some of the programs presented by the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group qualify for Continuing Education Credits for licensed Landscape Contractors. We are providing a downloadable Certificate of Attendance form that you can print and bring to the programs to have a board member sign to verify your attendance. Submit as required to the Oregon LCB.
LCB Continuing Education Credits
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