Gardening with Succulents in
Presented by Ernesto Sandoval
Many succulents are fine candidates for our outdoor gardens here in Northern California. Ernesto will
show you that there are many kinds of cacti, aloes, and other succulents that are appropriate for release
into our gardens beyond being grown in containers. After growing all sorts of succulents in his home
garden, also at the University, and observing successful succulent culture in other peoples gardens in
Northern California for over 20 years he'd like us to liberate more of our succulents from the
challenging life of containers and free them to grow better and faster in the ground.
Ernesto Sandoval grew up pushing lawn mowers in the San Fernando Valley of the City of Angels for
his father's gardening business. Leaving the fast paced life of the
"mow, blow, and go" style of gardening in LA for the slightly slower
life of College at Northern California's UC Davis in 1990 he soon
discovered the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. The world beyond
manicured lawns grew before his eyes, especially the world of succulents.
After making himself indispensable by volunteering to learn how to do all
of the duties involved in maintaining a mostly potted plant collection in
a greenhouse he was hired as the Curator in 1996 upon graduating with
a B.S. in Botany. Wanting to represent his botanical and horticultural
training he set out convert his rental to a small arboretum with a
specialization in drought tolerant plants, especially succulents. He hopes
to proselytize to us to see that succulents are just swollen perennials of
all sorts of sizes just like the "flimsy and leafy" perennials that most of us
know and many are completely suitable for our gardens. At the very least
he hopes to edu-tain us his visually pleasing selection of plant pictures.
Let's give Ernesto a warm welcome back to Fresno!
UC Davis Botanical Conservatory
Plants: Ernesto will have plants available for purchase.
DINNER: The Thai House
1069 East Shaw, Fresno, CA | Phone: 559.221.7245
Contact Rosanna Rojas by April 2, to make reservations.
Phone 559.999.0017. Email: email@example.com
Members are invited to attend. Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m.