Join Canopy and Dr. Matt Ritter, botany professor and author of the new book California Plants, for a visual tour and celebration of California’s iconic native flora.
There are more than 5,000 native species in California—one in five of which are now rare or endangered. Author Matt Ritter, professor of botany at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, will take attendees on a visual “tour” through the state’s most iconic flora in a lecture based on his new book, California Plants. A richly illustrated field guide to the state’s spectacular native plants, the book also seeks to raise awareness of the unique beauty that’s at risk.
California Governor Jerry Brown writes in the book’s foreword, “Matt Ritter teaches us to better understand how our future is linked to that of all other living things: our soil, our microbiota, and our wonderful and indomitable native plants.” He will also use his beautiful photographs, insight, and humor to share the natural history of California’s fascinating plants. And in recognition of Oaktober, Canopy’s oak month, Dr. Ritter will share stories of the state’s rich oak heritage.
A book signing will follow the presentation. Books available for purchase at the event.
Dr. Matt Ritter is a botany professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, where he studies California’s native plants and trees in the urban forest.
He grew up in rural Mendocino County, California and currently lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife and two children. He’s the author of several books, including a new guide to California’s flora, California Plants: A guide to our Iconic Flora and the best-selling guide to California’s urban forest, A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us (Heyday, 2011). His writing has appeared in several magazines, including a regular column on tree diversity in Pacific Horticulture.
He won the Cal Poly Excellence in Teaching Award and the Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture Award for Excellence in Education. He studies California’s native plants and trees that escape cultivation, particularly Eucalyptus. He’s an avid woodworker, mason, and gardener.
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