July 16th, 2021 Meeting – Karen Zimmerman

When?
Friday, July 16th, 2021
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

About The Speaker: Karen Zimmerman

Karen Zimmerman
I am the succulent propagator for the Huntington Botanical Gardens’ Desert Collections, a huge and diverse potted succulent collection outside of the public gardens. I care for these plants as well as propagate them. I have worked at the Huntington for 20 years.

I’ve always been drawn to growing plants. The first plants I grew from seed were pine trees. A small local nursery gave my best friend and me an envelope of pine seeds, and I can still remember the deep excitement and awe when they germinated! We were 10 years old.

I still get that same excitement when a batch of new aloe hybrid babies germinate. It’s even better when they start to develop some character, often very early with the first true leaf. Despite careful breeding for specific traits such as color, size or toothiness, unexpected anomalies can appear in any breeding, especially given how complicated these aloe hybrids have become with generations of species and crosses in the mix. The standouts are, of course, the ones I crave!

Photography is another great love of mine, and I find it pairs well with horticulture. It is easy to overlook small details, and you can really see them through a lens up close. I love to share tiny wonders.

Program Topic – Aloes On My Mind: Exploring Aloe Hybrids One Generation at a Time

I start with an overview of the genus aloe; distribution and diversity of species. I talk a little about the work of hybridizers up to the present, with a special mention about Kelly Griffin, my inspiration to try my hand at it.

I show parent plants and offspring, some that became good enough to name and distribute, and others that became disappointments.

Then I showed some promising babies and future possibilities.

Meeting Information

Echinocactus, Pachypodium are the mini show plants

Echinocactus
Echinocactus is a genus of cactus which, along with Ferocactus make up the North American barrel cacti. Echinocactus species range from small to very large, massive barrel shaped plants. Most species in the genus are very heavily spined, and also produce attractive flowers. They can be found from the desert southwest United States, into Mexico. Some of the species are very popular with cactus growers and collectors. The Golden Barrel, Echinocactus grusonii is probably one of the most well know cactus species.

Pachypodium
Pachypodium is a genus of succulent, spiny shrubs and trees in the family Apocynaceae, which also includes Adenium, and Plumeria.

There are about 25 species of Pachypodium found in Madagascar, and Southern Africa. Some species can grow very large, up to 8 meters. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of the genus is the bottle shaped base of the plant, which is usually very spiny also. The flowers are usually produced in the fall, and can be very attractive.

When?
Friday, July 16th, 2021
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA


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