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Basic Botany of our Favorite California Wildflowers: Structures, Pollination, and Seed Dispersal

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Speaker: Andrew Gardner

Professor Andrew Gardner, Associate Professor of Biology and Stanislaus State and a member of our chapter, will prepare us for wildflower season by highlighting basic botany of our favorite spring flowering plants (and trees)!

If you are not sure what the names and purposes are of each part of a beloved wildflower, and want to know more about how pollination occurs, this session is for you!

Professor Gardner has tentatively identified some plants/flowers to discuss. If you have a suggestion please send it to Cynthia at

Current list (subject to change)
milkweed species TBD
western redbud
oak species TBD
grass species TBD
buckwheat species TBD
California poppy
Matilija poppy
calico flower (his research project)
sunflower species TBD
blue elderberry

Dr. Gardner is an associate professor of Botany at Stanislaus State University and also runs the Plant Diversity Lab. The lab also curates the Stan State Herbarium and manages activities on the Trans-CA Pathway.

On Darwin Day 2022, Dr. Gardner gave a zoom presentation on pollination in general. You can watch it on YouTube. His talk starts at 4:22.

Professor Gardner’s LinkedIn profile highlights his career so far:
“I use molecular phylogenetics to explore the evolution of plant lineages. I am an assistant professor at CSU Stanislaus. Previously, I was the postdoc on an NSF-funded research project with Rachel Jabaily (Rhodes College) and Dianella Howarth (St. John’s University). During my Ph.D., I studied the evolution of Oxalis with Eve Emshwiller at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. My research emphasizes mentorship and outreach, and I am constantly improving my biology teaching with diverse assessment strategies.”

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

*All presentations are recorded and placed in our YouTube channel @NSJV_CNPS [] and added to the webinar playlist)



February 13
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:




North San Joaquin Valley