The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a 90-year-old living museum of plants. In contrast to display gardens, its collection is a teaching and research facility that focuses on global plant biodiversity and the evolutionary history of plants. It has been influenced by the interests of faculty, academic research, gardening trends of the 21st century, teaching resources, and conservation considerations.
Mildred E. Mathias, the garden's namesake, was an extraordinary botanist who explored the world to collect, identify, and propagate an astonishing array of plant material. A scholar and a colleague of Theodore Payne, Ralph D. Cornell, Jack and Bill Evans, and other luminaries of early botanical exploration and development of mid-century southern California, Mathias was one of the very first women to become a faculty member at UCLA in 1951.
To celebrate her remarkable story during Women's History Month, CGLHS has arranged this rare opportunity to learn about the work and contributions of Mathias from MEMBG Manager of Education, Events and Outreach Jules Cooch, followed by a short film, and an introduction to the botanical treasures hidden in the Biological Special Collections. After a specially-guided tour of the garden, lunch with our members and friends in the garden is included and concludes the event. For more information about the garden, see: https://www.botgard.ucla.edu/
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Note: This California Garden & Landscape History Society event will take place in a public botanical garden with uneven paths and steps, and some changes in garden levels with no handrails. We remind each of you to be responsible for your own health and safety by wearing comfortable shoes, being aware of your surroundings, watching your step, and asking for assistance whenever needed. Your attendance on this tour constitutes your acceptance of these terms.
PHOTOS: Top: Mildred Mathias with Gunnera in Costa Rica, 1987 (courtesy Jane Marshall). Middle: Puya venusta (blue); Senna racemosa (yellow); Bottom: garden entrance (all courtesy MEMBG)