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An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed
Speaker: Josie Iselin
Wednesday, February 25, 7:30 pm
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library (directions below)

The spectacular flora of the intertidal zone along our coasts is worth every gardener’s consideration; perhaps seaweed is the ultimate California native. Photographer, author, and book designer Josie Iselin will bring together the art and science of seaweed in a talk and slide presentation describing her unique way of building books, why she fell in love with seaweed, and some of the amazing science of the marine algae we find along our Bay Area shores, emphasizing the difference between marine algae and vascular plants. From the monochrome knotweed and bladderwrack of the Maine coast to the more spectacular bull kelp, sea grapes, and nori of the California coast, seaweed is a secret treasure of largely unseen forms. In her book An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed, Iselin reveals the unexpected beauty of seaweed, an often overlooked but fundamental aspect of ocean life that has great value for human health and well-being. Copies of An Ocean Garden will be available for purchase after the presentation ($17.95 plus tax).

Josie Iselin is the photographer, author and designer of seven books, with new projects in development in her San Francisco studio, Loving Blind Productions. She holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. Her books focus on the forms in nature we find at hand, particularly at the beach. Her mission is to produce enticing, original, and well-designed books that combine art and science, leaving the reader with new information about and appreciation for the world around them. She hopes that celebrating the ordinary wonders we find at the beach will bring thoughtfulness and stewardship to this extraordinary place of discovery.

East Bay CNPS membership meetings are free of charge and open to everyone. This month’s meeting takes place in the Garden Room of the Orinda Public Library at 24 Orinda Way (in Orinda Village). The Garden Room is on the second floor of the building, accessible by stairs or an elevator. The Garden Room opens at 7 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Email sr0433@yahoo.com or call 510-496-6016 if you have questions.

Directions to Orinda Public Library at 24 Orinda Way: From the west, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda/Moraga exit. At the end of the off ramp, turn left on Camino Pablo (toward Orinda Village), right on Santa Maria Way (the signal after the BART station and freeway entrance), and left on Orinda Way. From the east, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda exit. Follow the ramp to Orinda Village. Turn right on Santa Maria way (the first signal) and left on Orinda Way. Once on Orinda Way, go 1 short block to the parking lot on the southeast side of the two-story building on your right. There is additional free parking beneath the building as well as on the street. From BART (4 blocks): Exit the Orinda station, turn right and cross a pedestrian bridge, then cross a second pedestrian bridge on the left. Go 1 short block on the sidewalk to the third pedestrian bridge. Go 2 blocks on Orinda Way to the Orinda Library.

Upcoming Meetings

March 25, 7:30 pm, Orinda Library Garden Room
Program TBA
April 22, 7:30 pm, Aleta George: Poet Ina Coolbrith’s Love of California Wildflowers
May 27, 7:30 pm, Bart O’Brien, Director, Regional Parks Botanic Garden

 
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