Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m.: Nursery tour at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG): The nursery tour includes an overview of the nursery and a brief history of the Restoration Department’s adoption of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and how these pertain to achieving a healthy and sanitary nursery. In addition, you will get to see all growing areas with plants grown from different propagation methods, which include seedlings, vegetative cuttings, and divisions. All plants are located in greenhouses, a shade house, and outdoor areas. The tour will highlight all the BMPs currently being administered in the nursery, which include steaming of pots, utilization of foot mats, testing of plants for pathogens, and sanitization of all surfaces. Plants produced under these practices are used for local restoration and mitigation projects. Following the tour, everyone is welcome to tour the garden on their own.
This tour will be led by the Restoration Project Manager, Billy Sale. Billy recently presented at the 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference, speaking on RSABG’s path to implementing the BMPs to be discussed in the tour. These BMPS have enabled the propagation of healthier plants for restoration and mitigation projects.
Directions: Turn left onto College Avenue from Foothill Boulevard if coming from the Pasadena side. Alternately, turn right onto College Avenue from Foothill Boulevard if coming from the San Bernardino side. You will pass a black gate and find the general parking lot on the left. We will meet at the Kiosk at 10:00 a.m. Please wear closed-toed shoes since you must step on foam-like mats to enter the nursery. Hat and sunglasses may prove helpful as the tour will be partially outdoors. Note that this tour is free.