Urban Wilderness To Food Forest: Growing the Natural History Museum’s Nature Gardens
Speakers: Carol Bornstein
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)
Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)
The vibrant new Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened to the public after several years of planning, design, demolition, and planting. Asphalt parking lots and tired, water-thirsty lawns have been transformed into 3.5 acres of habitat for urban wildlife. And just a few months ago the last section of the Nature Gardens was opened– an all-native pollinator garden! Join us as Carol Bornstein, the gardens' director illustrates this wonderful transformation with emphasis on the great number of well placed and imaginatively used native plants. She will also describe some of the many animals that are now visiting the site as well as the varied education and research programs now possible on the museum's grounds, right in the heart of Los Angeles.
Carol Bornstein joined the museum in December, 2011 as Director of the Nature Gardens. She has championed the landscape value of California's native plants and the benefits of designing gardens in harmony with nature for decades and oversees the long-term care and development of this newly created, 3.5-acre landscape. During her 28-year tenure at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, she oversaw display development, curation, and maintenance of the garden’s living collections as well as management of two onsite nurseries and the plant introduction program. She is co-author of California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining the California Lawn. She received her B.S. in Botany at the University of Michigan and her M.S. in Horticulture at Michigan State University.