Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center | 5340 N. Fresno Street, Fresno
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
Methods of Succulent Propagation at
the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory
Presented by Ernesto Sandoval
Ernesto’s presentation includes a brief tour of the techniques used at the
Conservatory to propagate a variety of succulent plants from seed (sexually)
and from stems, leaves, and rarely roots (vegetative). Techniques for better
seed germination and methods of vegetative propagation such as a variety of
stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, grafting and leaf cutting will be discussed.
Bio: Ernesto Sandoval has been wondering and seeking questions to why
plants grow and look the way that they do for a long time. 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 throughout the year and particularly to
Succulent Clubs throughout the State and elsewhere since that group of
plants is his particular passion within his general passion for plants. He
describes himself as a "Jose of All Plants, Master of None." Ernesto
thoroughly enjoys helping others, and gardeners in particular, to understand
why and how plants do what they do.
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's been learning and
teaching himself the answers to those and many other questions by getting a degree at UC Davis in Botany
and working from student weeder/waterer to Director over the last 23 years at the UC Davis Botanical
Conservatory. He's long left the "mow blow and go" monoculture landscape gardening world and has
immersed himself in the world of polyculture and biodiversity by growing several thousand types of plants
at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, many of them succulents. Several of his favorite garden projects
involved converting lawns and or water loving landscapes to drought tolerant and diversity filled gardens!
He likes to promote plant liberation by encouraging gardeners of all sorts to grow more plants in the
ground when possible. He loves the technical language of Botany but prefers to relate information in more
understandable methods of communication!By helping people to understand the workings of plants he
hopes to help us better understand how to and why our plants do what they do and how we can maximize
their growth with less effort. Let’s give Ernesto a warm welcome back to our club!
For more information: Ernesto Sandoval
UC Davis Botanical Conservatory
Plants: Ernesto will be bringing a variety of rare and interesting plants to sell.
- No Dinner This Month -