California Botanical Society


Banksia ericifolia ('Fireworks') Banksia ericifolia (Fireworks)
Photo: Miranda Melen
IMG_2120 Banksia Field     Photo: Miranda Melen
thumbnail_DSC_0020 Kathleen Kay

Grevillea banksii x bipinnatifida (Grevillea 'Superb') Grevillea banksii x bipinnatifida (Grevillea Superb)   Photo: Miranda Melen
IMG_0228 Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle)
Photo: Miranda Melen
IMG_0200 Protea nitida (Wagon Tree)
Photo: Miranda Melen
Lupinus albifrons Bonny doon Lupinus albifrons,
Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve
Photo: Brett Hall
thumbnail_IMG_6426 Hosackia gracilis, Upper Marshall Fields Photo: Brett Hall
IMG_0199 Protea nitida (Wagon Tree)
Photo: Miranda Melen

2022 California Botanical Society
Annual Banquet, Mixer and Meeting

Please join us on Saturday, April 30, 2022
at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
& Botanic Garden

COVID-19 Protocols

Our 2022 annual banquet and related events will be held in compliance with University of California COVID-19 policies and requirements. Each attendee must show proof of vaccination with vaccination exceptions only as permitted by such policies. We will also require masks indoors when appropriate.


10:00 AM - Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve field trip (optional)
1:00 PM - Upper Marshall Fields field trip (optional)
3:00 PM - UCSC Arboretum tour and book signing of Field Guide to Manzanitas, 2nd Edition
3:00 PM - Banksia Field informal meeting spot for socializing
5:00 PM - Mixer (Ticket/Cash Bar) with Rachel Meyer of Shoots & Roots Bitters & Annual Meeting (outdoors)
6:00 PM - Dinner (outdoors) and presentation (indoors)

Banquet Presentation

The evolution of serpentine specialists and generalists in the California flora
Dr. Kathleen Kay, Associate Professor and Jean H. Langenheim Chair in Plant Ecology and Evolution, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz

Annual Banquet

Our annual banquet will be a buffet dinner (vegan and gluten-free options available) and is $25 for student members of the Society, $60 for non-student members (which helps subsidize the student rate), and $100 for non-members (includes one year membership to the Society). Late registrations after April 15 will be accepted if space is available at an extra charge of $10. Registration will be online only.

Sponsors of Student Tickets

Morgan Sitckrod
Justen Whittall

Online Registration Only

2022 Annual Banquet (late fee included)
Dinner choice
Other Dietary Requirements

Field Trip to Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve SOLD OUT!

2022 Field Trip

Banksia Field Informal Meeting Spot

An area of Banksia Field where our mixer and banquet will be held will also be designated as an informal gathering spot where members can socialize and picnic (if you bring your own drinks, snacks, blankets and portable chairs) before we formally start our meeting.

Location of Banquet

UCSC Arboretum, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Banksia Field

Mixer (Ticket/Cash Bar)

Rachel Meyer from Shoots & Roots Bitters and a research director in conservation genomics at the University of California, will be mixing botanical cocktails for us from arboretum plants, including gin & 'coastal redwood forest' tonics, mezcal/tequila 'flower power' margaritas, bourbon 'sage-scrub' sours, and pickled mushroom vodka martinis. Beer and wine will also be available. Attendees will receive two free drink tickets upon registration. Additional drinks must be purchased.

Field Trips

Copies of Field Guide to Manzanitas, 2nd Edition will be available for purchase
Maps to field trip locations with parking information will be provided
Bring your own lunch

10:00 AM - Field Trip 1: Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve (about 1/2 hour drive from Arboretum)
Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve is an upland Ponderosa Pine, Knob cone, Santa Cruz Cypress and rare maritime chaparral oasis. This assemblage of communities and associations is unique. Portions of the reserve burned in 2008 and in 2020.
Limited to 30.
Leader: Brett Hall
Fee/Registration: $5/person. Pre-registration required.
Start time: 10:00 AM
Meeting place: UCSC Arboretum at 10:00 AM to carpool to Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve
or meet at Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve at 10:15 AM. Use 975 Martin Rd, Bonny Doon, CA 95060 or 37.050836,-122.138466

12:00 PM - Lunch (bring your own)

1:00 PM - Field Trip 2: Rare coastal prairie vegetation at Upper Marshall Fields (5 miles from Arboretum)
Marshall Fields is a rare coastal prairie habitat with scattered ponderosa pines transitioning into redwood, Douglas fir, coast live oak, tan oak forest with scattered knob cone pine and Shreve oak. It’s very exceptional!
Limited to 30.
Leader: Brett Hall & friends
Fee/Registration: $5/person. Pre-registration required.
Start time: 1:15 PM
Meeting place: Carpool from Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve or meet at Upper Marshall Fields at 1:15 PM. Use 37.021821, -122.085137

3:00 PM - Return to Arboretum

UCSC Arboretum Tour

Book signing of Field Guide to Manzanitas, 2nd Edition and informal guided tour(s) of the Arboretum which is beautiful in late April. Come and see our collections from around the globe and California. If you are planning to come for a tour, please send an email to and so we can make plans.

Camping Opportunity

The UCSC Arboretum can accommodate 20 tent spots comfortably (with a maximum of 30) at no charge. Camping is on a need-basis with preference to students. For reservations and other information concerning the limited availability of camping arrangements for both Friday and Saturday nights (April 29 and 30), please contact Brett Hall.

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IMG_0230 Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle)
Photo: Miranda Melen
IMG_0198 Protea nitida (Wagon Tree)
Photo: Miranda Melen

thumbnail_IMG_5373 Photos by Rachael Olliff Yang


IMG_4271 Photos by Liz Rennie