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(Webinar) Gasterias – Species & Hybrids
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am$10.00 – $15.00
Please note that this will be a live, webinar workshop (offered via Zoom) and not a lecture at the garden. After registration (see below), you will receiver further instructions from the Program Coordinator prior to the workshop date. Registration will close on 15 April 2020 at 8:30am.
Join Brian Kemble, who just celebrated his 40th year at the Garden, for an in-depth dive into the world of gasterias. Gasteria is a genus in the Asphodel Family, closely related to the much larger genus Aloe. While aloes grow throughout much of Africa, as well as northward into Arabia and eastward to Madagascar, gasterias are found only in southern Africa. All the species occur in the country of South Africa, with two spilling over into neighboring countries. Gasterias have dangling pot-bellied flowers, generally in the red-pink-orange range, and often with green-and-white tips. The name Gasteria derives from the Latin word “gaster”, meaning stomach, referring to the swollen flower bases. The flowers have sweet nectar within, and this attracts the sunbirds which are their pollinators. In California, we do not have sunbirds, but our nectar-loving hummingbirds seek out the flowers. Gasterias do well in shady spots, although some can also grow in the sun, and will turn delightful colors with higher light levels. The Ruth Bancroft Garden has a large collection of Gasteria species and hybrids, and this presentation will go over these.