Join us for
Science and Conservation at the San Diego Botanic Garden
with Colin Khoury
May 8, 2023, 6p in-person
Congregation Beth Israel
or 6:45p on Zoom.
Rosa minutifolia Photo: Rachel Cobb
The San Diego Botanic Garden's ongoing efforts toward the conservation of rare, useful, and other interesting plants - including bamboos, cycads, and several native species - have expanded dramatically in recent years. Our science and conservation programs are coming to take shape as three major areas of emphasis: California native plants, medicinal plants, and food and agricultural plants. Many of these programs are innovative in the ways they merge efforts that are conventionally done in isolation – conservation combined with education, habitat protection with horticulture, and wild plant botany with food security. They are similarly exciting in the ways they bring together local, state, and national agencies and governments, like-minded community and nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, Native American and other Indigenous communities, and industry partners to work for people and for the planet. While we celebrate this growth, we are keenly aware that there is so much more to be done around San Diego and further afield to help conserve, raise awareness about, increase access to, and make wise use of plant diversity. In this presentation I will provide an overview of our current and upcoming plant science and conservation programs aimed at addressing society's greatest challenges, from biodiversity loss to climate change, food insecurity to environmental degradation. Colin Khoury is the Senior Director of Science and Conservation at the San Diego Botanic Garden, in Encinitas, working to conserve plants and educate people about the wonders of plant life. Colin holds a PhD from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and a Master of Science from the University of Birmingham, UK, and has held posts at academic, nonprofit, industry, government, and international organizations in the US, Europe, and South America.
Congregation Beth Israel in the University Town Center area. Directions to the free parking lot (entrance is at the intersection of Golden Haven Dr and Renaissance Ave):
9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122
Park using the lot entrance on Golden Haven Drive. Note: There's a security guard shack to the left, and an elevator inside the building door.