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Drought-tolerant Hummingbird Sage colony on West Sulphur Mountain Road trail
February 2014

"Wild About Ojai" presents Chumash Ethnobotany

I'm honored to be part of this special weekend of Chumash education

Join Jan Timbrook in the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Offices at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, for a fascinating exploration of how Pre-Columbian Chumash peoples used and thought about plants.

Then on Sunday, February 9, join me for the first Herb Walk on the Fox Canyon Trail on the new Valley View Preserve. 

An anthropologist and ethnobotanist, Jan is Curator of Ethnobotany at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.  She has been with the museum for more than thirty-five years and is one of the top experts in Chumash studies.  She has collaborated on four books, and has authored a dozen scientific papers on topics ranging from herbal medicine to environmental management by the Chumash.

This double Wild about Ojai event is free for OVLC members and $10 for non-members. Become a member today! A family membership is just $35 per year.

Registration is required as space is limited. To register contact Marti Reid at 649-6852 ext 2 or marti@ovlc.org

Sweeping view of the Ojai Valley from Valley View Preserve. Photo by Les Dublin

February Calendar

Tell us what you want this year

We're taking requests! Now is the time, as we plan the 2014 schedule, to tell us what you would like to do, where you would like to go. Was there a special guest you missed last year that you would like us to bring back? Or one who you feel still has more to teach you? What are you most interested in learning about? Please email us. We aim to please.

Check out the great books in the
Herb Walks Store

We believe our handpicked selection of books on CA native plants, local herbal medicine and related topics is the best this side of the Amazon. Don't believe us?  See for yourself!

Do you see the hummingbird (wings a blur) drinking from a Hummingbird Sage flower?
Learn about drought-tolerant

I never promised you a rose garden.......
but a sage garden you can still have

With the drought on everyone's mind these days, what's a gardener to do? Plant drought-resistent natives, that's what. And that's why we've invited Jessica Thompson, founder and owner/contractor of Green Goddess Gardens, to join us for an Herb Walk on West Sulphur Mountain Road trail on Sunday, February 23.

After earning a B.S. in Horticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1988, Jessica studied and received a certificate in Permaculture. She then got her Contractors State License in Landscaping and started her own business.

Jessica uses California natives whenever possible in her naturalistic "water-wise" landscapes and is eager to share her years of experience with you and me.

So please join us for the first official Herb Walk of the year. Register here.

Sue Reinhart to present S.B. class

Sue Reinhart, creator of the T ri-County Medicinal Plant Cards, will teach a class on "Seasonal Medicinal and Edible Plants" for Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education on Saturday, March 1. Learn more here.


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