Thursday, February 13 , 2019 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Location: Upstairs Conference Room of the Udall Building, 725 Camino Lejo 

Cost: $10 Member/$15 Not-yet-Member

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Photo courtesy of: On the origin of orphan hybrids between Aquilegia formosa and Aquilegia flavescens – Scientific Figure on ResearchGate.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden Horticulture Director, Scott Canning, celebrates the ecology of color through the story of the co-evolution of columbines (genus Aquilegia) and their pollinators. Arriving on the North American continent approximately 45,000 years ago, Aquilegia migrated across the Bering land bridge into Alaska and radiated south through the Rocky Mountains. The vibrant colors of this genus in North America evolved in response to available pollinators.

About the Speaker: Scott Canning is the Director of Horticulture and Special Projects. Scott has worked in botanical gardens since 1989. He worked at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in sales and marketing from 1989 until 1992, when he moved to Albuquerque to take over a small landscaping business from a friend. He worked at the Albuquerque location of Plants of the Southwest, too, until 1994 when he moved back to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as a curator of the greenhouses. He specialized in Mediterranean-climate plants of the world. In 1998 he became the rosarian for the BBG’s Cranford Rose Garden, comprising more than 5,000 plants of some 1,500 varieties of rose. In 2001 he moved to Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Scott was Director of Horticulture there for 13 years before making his dream come true; moving back to New Mexico. He became the Horticulture and Special Projects Director for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden in April 2014.