Mark your calendar: Our meeting schedule is set for the season.

Posted Apr 17, 2021

All talks are at 7pm on the third Tuesday of the month. Email for the Zoom link and password. 

August 17: Kate Watters –Creating a Pollinator Garden: Backyard Beauty, Biodiversity, and Resilience

Kate is a farmer, floral designer, writer and visual artist who is wild about plants. She makes her livelihood from Wild Heart Farm, a one-acre oasis in Rimrock, next to Beaver Creek. She grows flowers, medicinal herbs, and pollinator habitat, and hosts plant gatherings. She worked in service to wild plant communities for 20 years in the Grand Canyon and across the Colorado Plateau, always aware and curious about plant/pollinator interactions. Kate has developed land-based artist
residencies and workshops and co-curated exhibits with scientists and artists to advocate for pollinators and public lands. To follow her entrepreneurial and artistic adventures arising from the soil visit: and

September 21: Liza Holeski – Plant Defenses Against Herbivores 

Liza is an Associate Professor in Biology at Northern Arizona University.  Her research focuses on plant evolutionary ecology and genetics.  She is interested in plant adaptation to biotic and abiotic environmental factors, plant-herbivore interactions, and the evolutionary genetics of plant defense traits.  Much of her work is in monkeyflowers, but she also works with Populus species. Liza’s presentation will give a general overview of plant defenses against herbivory, describing the forms of defense as well as highlighting some particularly interesting examples.  She will also talk a bit about her research in plant defense in monkeyflowers as she works with a number of natural populations of monkeyflowers in Arizona.

Liza Holeski

October 19: Wynne Brown speaks about the subject of her new book – The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art 

The Forgotten Botanist

Wynne Brown’s latest book is the account of an extraordinary woman who, in 1870, was driven by ill health to leave the East Coast for a new life in the West—alone. At thirty-three, Sara Plummer relocated to Santa Barbara, where she taught herself botany and established the town’s first library. Ten years later she married botanist John Gill Lemmon, and together the two discovered and collected hundreds of new plant species , many of them illustrated by Sara, an accomplished artist. Although she became an acknowledged botanical expert and lecturer, Sara’s considerable contributions to scientific knowledge were credited merely as “J.G. Lemmon & Wife.” 

Writer/editor/graphic designer Wynne Brown is the author of the award-winning books More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Arizona Women (Globe Pequot Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2003, 2012) and The Falcon Guide to Trail Riding Arizona (Globe Pequot Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2006) and the co-editor of Cave Creek Canyon: Revealing the Heart of Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains (ECO Wear & Publishing 2014, 2019). Her most recent book, The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art, will be published in November 2021 by the University of Nebraska Press. She serves as president of the Chiricahua Regional Council and represents Pima County as a member of the Arizona Historical Society State Board of Directors.