Fresno Cactus and Succulent Society
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center | 5340 N. Fresno Street, Fresno | MAP |
April 6, 2017 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

Presented by Ernesto Sandoval

UC Davis AloesThrough the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory and private gardens, Ernesto Sandoval has been experimenting with a greater diversity of aloes in Northern California. He would like to share his experience with growing and propagating a variety of aloes beyond some of the common species such as Aloe comosa, melanacantha, peglerae, hereroensis and other cool/wet tolerant aloes. He will touch on the more and less available Aloes. Although his talk is focused for Northern California conditions, he will also talk about those that are even more suitable for Southern California. As always, he will bring a selection of uncommon succulents, Aloes, and other plants for your collection and gardens to help the Botanical Conservatory’s programs.

Ernesto Sandoval has been wondering and seeking answers to why plants grow and look the way they do for a long time. When he was about 13, he asked his dad why one tree was pruned a particular way and another tree another way. His dad answered bluntly, “because that's the way you do it.” Since then, he has been learning and teaching himself the answers to those and many other questions, getting a degree at UC Davis in Botany and working from student weeder/waterer to Director over the last 25 years at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. Now he explains and interprets the world of plants to a variety of ages and experiences, from K-12 to professionals and Master Gardeners. He regularly lectures to a variety of western Garden Clubs, particularly to Succulent Clubs, since that group of plants is his particular passion (within his general passion for plants). Ernesto thoroughly enjoys helping others, and gardeners in particular, to understand why and how plants do what they do.

He has long left the “mow blow and go” monoculture landscape gardening world, immersing himself in the world of polyculture and biodiversity by growing several thousand types of plants at the Conservatory, many of them succulents. He promotes plant liberation, encouraging gardeners to grow more plants in the ground. He loves Botany’s technical language but prefers to relate information in more understandable methods of communication. By helping people understand how plants work, he hopes to help us better understand how to and why plants do what they do and how to maximize their growth with less effort.

Dinner: BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, 715 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno, (559) 570-1900, menu. For reservations, contact Rosanna by Wednesday, April 5, 2017 to make reservations at 559.999.0017 or Dinner begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. Reservations under Fresno Cactus Club. Members are invited to attend.