I joined chapter delegates from all over California and into Baja – we met at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and the meeting was fascinating. The diversity of issues combined with passion was inspiring.
The picture above is of César Garcia, president of the Baja chapter, with Lesley and Bill Hunt who represent the East Bay chapter in a variety of important functions.
We sat outside for meals, and for the breakout sessions. I ran one on horticulture, of course, and we found some very interesting information: chapters are connected in varying ways and at varying levels with other organizations, water authorities and political leaders. Over time, we will coordinate efforts to improve our presence in the larger local context. We will also work on a smooth flow of information between chapters, and with the organization staff.
Pesticide use in nurseries was another topic that will take some work – we need data in order to work with nurseries and towers to remove harmful materials from their inventories.
And, finally, our message is being honed to clearly present our point of view, and so that we can deliver it with clarity to differing audiences.