Free lecture on wildflowers

Regional wildflowers are the subject of a free lecture presented by the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society.

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Author Cathy Rose and photographer Stephen Ingram will present their new book, "Rock Creek Wildflowers," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Wildling Museum in Solvang. It's the first lecture of 2016 presented by the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society.

Rose will discuss the alpine and subalpine flora native to the eastern Sierra in a talk illuminated with Ingram's photographs. Copies of their compact guide, which includes rich plant descriptions, name derivations, and stories of the botanists who discovered and described the plants, will be available. 

Many of the genera discussed are found in Santa Barbara County.

Rose, whose botanical studies began in the 1960s in Yosemite with Carl Sharsmith, has led field trips in the deserts, coasts and mountains of California and, for 15 summers, botanical walks in the Tuolumne-Tioga Pass area for the National Park Service.

Ingram, a widely published photographer, is past president of the Bristlecone chapter of the California Native Plant Society and the author and photographer of "Cacti, Agaves" and "Yuccas of California and Nevada."

A book signing and reception will follow the lecture. For more information, call 693-5683 or visit www.syvnature.org.

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