THURSDAY - APRIL 2, 2015 - 7:00 PM (DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center - 5340 N. Fresno Street, Fresno


Greg Starr Greg Starr has had a long-standing fascination with the genus agave and has dabbled in growing them since the mid-1980’s. Greg first heard Dr. Howard Scott Gentry speak about agaves in 1983 shortly after his Agaves of Continental North America monograph was published. It was Dr. Gentry’s presentation that inspired Greg to want to learn more about these amazing plants.

He has spent the past ten years traveling throughout the southwestern United States and Mexico photographing many of his favorite species, some which were new to science and not even included in Dr. Gentry’s book. The seed for Greg’s book - Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers was sown when he came to the realization that there was a need to publicize these recently described species and to update horticultural first presented in Mary Irish’s book on Agaves, Yuccas, and Related Plants.

Living Sculptures Greg was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, has grown to love the desert and its flora and fauna. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, and after working in the landscape industry he went back to the University to study Botany and further his education in horticulture. Greg worked for Warren Jones (co-author of Plants for Dry Climates and Landscape Plants for Dry Regions) and Dr. Charles Mason at the University of Arizona herbarium. Greg made his first foray into the world of collecting in 1979 when he traveled with Warren and Bill Kinneson to Texas where he saw firsthand, in habitat, the many plants he had only experienced in the nursery or landscapes. He emerged from the University in 1985 with a Master of Science in Horticulture with a special emphasis on botany.

He opened Starr Nursery in the summer of 1985, and has specialized in low water use plants for landscaping in southern Arizona. Greg has traveled extensively in Mexico and the southwestern United States to study the plants for their potential landscape use in desert regions of the world. He has also traveled to South Africa and recently to Madagascar in search of juicy succulents.

Come out and join in the festivities as Greg shows pictures of and talks about some of the most appealing agaves that make sculptural statements in the landscape. Greg will show you pictures of plants in habitat some even with their incredible flower stalks! Greg will bring plants for you to purchase.

Pre-meeting dinner with Greg at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse,715 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA
Phone: 559.570.1900. Menu:
Reservations: Contact Rosanna Rojas by Wednesday, April 1, Phone 559.999.0017.
Email: Members are invited to attend. Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m.

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