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2007 DeDecker Botanical Grant Awards

The Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has recently awarded these grants for botanical projects. The Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant Program annually awards funding for projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of our region’s unique native flora.

Local project recipients are:

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (VESR) Native Plant Project, submitted by Leslie Dawson and Sherry Taylor. Objectives include to enhance Mammoth Elementary School biological science curriculum through hands on learning, continue the current VESR Native Plant Project curriculum, diversify and experiment with new techniques in the VESR nursery, expand the Project to include an adult component. VESR staff would also like to start an adult program that would be titled “Gardening with Mammoth Natives” It would include a tour of the Valentine flora suitable for home gardens followed by propagation, planting, and pruning techniques.   As a final project, the students will restore a site with multiple species of plants.

Graduate Student project recipient:

PHYLOGENETICS OF CALIFORNIA PERENNIAL LUPINUS, submitted by Daisie Huang, Graduate Student, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont Graduate University.Progress Report

Buy a Plant, Fund a Grant

Anne Halford and Diana Pietrasanta, co-chair persons for the California Native Plant Sale indicate that proceeds from the annual September Native plant sale fund the DeDecker Grants. The grant program is a fitting way to remember Mary DeDecker’s many contributions to the people and plants of the Eastern Sierra.