Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

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Forget-me-nots to Waterleafs: an Introduction to the Families in Boraginales
Saturday April 28
8:30 AM  –  4:30 PM

Do you know your Waterleafs from your Forget-me-nots? Did you know Fiddleleafs are in their own family? The “Borages” (order: Boraginales) are a large and diverse plant group with a worldwide distribution. Different views have persisted regarding their classification, with some advocating recognition of a single, widely variable family, and others proposing several distinct families. However, advanced molecular approaches have dramatically changed our understanding of the classification of this group. This workshop starts with an overview of the plant families and Borage botanical terminology. We will work with herbarium specimens and fresh plant material in the classroom, looking both with the naked eye and through the microscope, and discuss key morphological characters relevant to family-level identification. We then cover some of the major families and representative genera in California. If time allows, we will finish with a review walk through the Garden. This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Borages, but participants should have some knowledge of botany and terminology in order to get the most from it.


Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2018

8:30 am - 4:30 pm


$150.00 Public, $125.00 RSABG Members


Please meet at the East Classroom.


Registration is required. To register, please do so here or at our front kiosk.


If you have any questions or will need special accommodations, please contact Education Assistant, Diana Nightingale at dnightingale@rsabg.org or (909)-625-8767 ext. 251.


Mare Nazaire is a botanist and the Herbarium Administrative Curator with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. She also serves as Taxon Editor for families Hydrophyllaceae and Lamiaceae for Flora of North America (FNA), as well as author of several FNA genera, including Lappula, Mertensia, and Tiquilia. She received her Ph.D. in botany from Washington State University in 2013. As a botanist, Mare has worked in New England, the Southwestern U.S., and the Pacific Northwest. Her current research focuses on the systematics and biogeography of Mertensia, and aquatic vascular plants.




Education Classes Refund Policy 

In the case that a fee-based class or workshop is cancelled, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will refund the full (100%) payment.  

If a registered and paid participant withdraws from the class 72 hours or more prior to the beginning of the event, class, or workshop a full refund will be issued.  

If a registered and paid participant withdraws more than 24 hours but less than 72 hours before the beginning of the class, event, or workshop a 50% refund will be issued.  

If a registered and paid participant withdraws less than 24 hours before the class, or is a ‘no-show’ on the day of the event, class, or workshop, no refund will be issued.

This Refund Policy applies to all classes requiring payment.

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