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SCHS: The Whitelock Cycad Collection Takes Root at the Huntington with Gary Roberson
The Southern California Horticultural Society's monthly meeting and program will be held on the FIRST Thursday of the month, on October 6, and takes place at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. This “double feature” begins with a guided tour of the new Loran Whitelock Cycad Garden followed by a lecture.

Our speaker, Gary Roberson, serves as the Lead Project Gardener of the cycad garden, and he will describe his experience in relocating the 40-year-old Whitelock collection, starting with the inventorying, labeling and microchipping of the plants in 2014 and taking us through to the present day.

Roberson’s love of plants began with his own garden at the age of six, and continued through his involvement with Future Farmers of America, which led to Horticultural Intern positions in both Germany and Australia and has cross-trained in the Jungle, Palm, and Desert gardens before assuming his current position.

In July 2015, the Huntington received a large donation of cycads from the estate of Loran Whitelock, a passionate local plantsman known internationally as the leading expert in cycads. Roberson was tasked with the responsibility of documenting, labeling, transporting, and transplanting of over 640 cycads from Eagle Rock into The Huntington gardens, nearly tripling their collection. Altogether over 2,800 plants (including clivias, staghorn ferns, orchids, aloes, agaves, palms, begonias, bulbs, etc.) were gathered from Whitlock’s extensive garden.

We are very much looking forward to both the tour and Roberson’s talk on this special evening and would also like to express our thanks The Huntington for hosting this program.

Thursday, October 6 Schedule:

5:00pm - 5:20pm: Check-in for Cycad tour (IN-PERSON)*
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Cycad tour (IN-PERSON)*
6:45pm - 7:15pm: Check-in for October meeting (IN-PERSON)
7:20pm: Meeting begins (LIVE-STREAMED)
7:30pm: Program begins (LIVE-STREAMED)

Pre-registration required*

Oct 6, 2022 07:10 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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