April 21: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch & Lecture: Gardens, Garden Centers and Gardeners
Conserving Nature Together
Ron Vanderhoff, General Manager of Roger's Gardens, will discuss ways that the garden industry and the gardening community can work together to become stewards of the planet.
Ron is a lifetime horticulturist and botanist in Southern California. In addition to his role as Vice President at Roger’s Gardens, Ron holds leadership roles with groups such as the CA Native Plant Society, CA Invasive Plant Council, CalFlora, and others. Ron will share examples from his own horticultural and botanical life and explain the impacts from the gardening choices we make. Ron will simplify such topics as biodiversity, climate change, and invasive species and offer advice so that our garden spaces can have a positive impact on the planet. Prepare to learn about gardens as habitat, organics, California’s water resources, urban forest ecology, and other fun, science-based insights. In an urban world, gardens are the window into nature, and as garden leaders, our opportunity is to help others peer through that window and to ultimately embrace nature.
Presented by South Coast Plaza