"Berkeley's Unexplored Treasure: The UC Botanical Garden" will be the topic of the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club at its online meeting at 7 p.m. next Thursday (Oct. 14).
Guest speaker for the virtual tour will be Lewis Feldman, director of the UC Botanical Garden and professor of plant biology at UC Berkeley. Although the botanical garden is a short distance away, many Tri-Valley residents never have visited.
His talk will cover the following points:
* History of the UC Botanical Garden;
* Background on its special collection;
* Its mission: education, conservation and research; and
* Future directions and goals of the garden.
Club members will be provided with a link to the online presentation; prospective members can email [email protected] to receive the link.
Feldman, a plant development biologist whose research has focused on root development, is a graduate of UC Davis and received his Ph.D. from Harvard. He has devoted his academic career to the UC Berkeley Department of Plant and Microbial Biology (formerly the department of botany).
As director of the UC Botanical Garden, his focus is on ensuring the plant collection is curated and well managed, which includes raising funds to maintain and update the facilities.
To learn more about the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club and its community service and special interest projects, visit www.lavgc.org.