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Our t-shirt artwork competition last winter drew in seventy entries from artists all over the area. Working in a wide variety of media - from collage, to oil paint, to digital design - these artworks represent a marvelous pool of talent and passion for native plants.
You too will want to get a copy of the Field Guide to the Flora of the San Gabriel Mountains before the next wildflower season. If you have some favorite plants that you wish to visit, consult this authoritative and comprehensive manual to begin your search with a strong background. If you are just interested in the plants you see on your hikes, this book will expand your knowledge and understanding. And if you are a botanist or naturalist, this book is definitely something you will want in your library.
Overall, a long-awaited and very useful book with keys to all taxa in the mountain range. The keys include opening ones to families, then, within the families, to genus, species and lower taxa where appropriate. The families, genera and species are arranged alphabetically which is now common and helpful. The taxonomy is apparently based on The Jepson Manual (2012), with a couple of stated updates. There are opening discussions and photos of broad plant communities and photos of a few rare plants. Otherwise there are no photos or illustrations of any plants in the remaining 300 or so pages.
We hope you will join us for our June monthly gathering - a Zoom presentation by Orlando Mistretta, author of the book Field Guide to the Flora of the San Gabriel Mountains. It will take place on June 24 at 7:30 pm.