This just in from the Botanic Garden:

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is pleased to announce Alicia Funk as our featured speaker for the historical Dara Emery Memorial Lecture at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on Saturday, October 6, at 4:30pm. Author of  Living Wild: Gardening, Cooking and Healing with Native Plants of the Sierra Nevada, with Karin Kaufman, Ms. Funk will discuss the many uses of native plants in making delicious food, tea, medicines, and even household items. The event features a wine and hors d‟ouevres reception preceding the lecture. Some of the appetizers to be served include recipes from the Living Wild book, giving participants the opportunity to sample these native plant treats. The general public is welcome to attend this informative talk on living sustainably and books are available for purchase in the Garden Shop. Ms. Funk will be on-hand to sign books and answer questions. Reservations are required and the cost is $20 for SBBG members and $25 for non-members. Contact the Registrar at (805) 682-4726 ext. 102; via email: or register online at under “classes”.

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