On August 27, 2011, a number of Pacific Bulb Society members got together for an informal greet and picnic in Tilden Park, Berkeley, California. Everyone drove from a lower elevation and it felt as if we were going to have a picnic in the fog, but as we reached the picnic site, we were just above the fog in beautiful sunshine. It was a great meeting with a number of show-and-tell plants and boxes of geophytes (and other plants) that were brought and shared. The meeting was opened to anyone interested and we spent part of the time talking about bulbs and discussed informally about the PBS's role in bulb conservation and working with lawmakers to import and grow bulbs responsibly.
Photo 1 shows the thick fog that many of us drove through to get to the picnic site. Photos 2-5 show everyone gathering around the picnic table eating, chatting, and looking at plants. Photos by Nhu Nguyen. Photo 6 taken by Bob Rutemoeller shows Michael Mace discussing Moraea with Bob Werra.
The photos below were taken by Chuck Burrill, a plant enthusiast. In photos 1-2 Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Werra were talking about something that intrigued everyone surrounding them. Photos 3-4 show everyone enthusiastically looking through the boxes of bulbs and seeds.
The photos below were taken by Chuck Burrill. Photos 1-2 were of PBS promotional material (e.g. the newly minted bookmarks, and back issues of The Bulb Garden). Photos 3-4 were quick snap shots of picnic items that everyone brought to share.
Show-and-tell plants. Photo 1 shows most of the plants that were brought to the picnic from Mary Sue Ittner, Uluwehi Knecht, Nhu Nguyen and Bob Werra. There is also an amazing vase of South African Erica! Photo 2 is of a Clinanthus variegatus 'Apricot' grown by Uluwehi Knecht. Photos 3-4 shows a nice form of Scadoxus membranaceus grown by Mary Sue Ittner and photo 5 shows Tigridia hallbergii ssp. hallbergii grown by Nhu Nguyen. Photos 1-5 were taken by Nhu Nguyen. Photo 6 by Bob Rutemoeller shows Nerine sarniensis 'Corusca Major' grown by Nhu Nguyen.