The Laguna Beach Garden Club is excited to welcome Deborah Shaw to the April 9th meeting,
where she will highlight the biological wealth that humanity enjoys through art. These artworks
discussed are selected for inclusion in The New York Botanical Garden’s Fourth Triennial exhibition,
which is a partnership of the American Society of Botanical Artist and The New York Botanical Garden
and devoted to the biological diversity in cultivated utilitarian plants. The exhibition is scheduled in fall
of 2021 to travel to The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens.
Ms. Shaw will detail how these plants have lessons to teach about the evolution and future potential of
our botanical heritage. Deborah will share fascinating stories by these useful plants as we seek to increase
the resilience of what we grow.
In our recent past, agriculture has focused on an increasingly narrower range of important crops, leading
to greatly reduced genetic diversity. Lack of diversity raises the risk of widespread insecurity from
changing climate, environmental stresses, and susceptibility to disease. Heirloom varieties play a role in
increasing genetic diversity, as do wild relatives. The genetic material contained in a broader range of
cultivated plants and their wild relatives can serve as building blocks for “updating” the resiliency of our
crops and gardens.
There is a great urgency to the issues of plant diversity and environmental crisis. Participate with
the Laguna Beach Garden Club via a special Members Only Zoom on April 9th at 10am, when Deborah
Shaw will share her presentation on the evolution and future potential of our botanical heritage.
The speaker series is available to all members of LBGC. Join today! Membership information is
available on our website www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org. Join the Laguna Beach Garden Club
today to support projects in our community. Currently membership is reduced for the remaining
years speakers and events, check out our website for details. We have more amazing speakers
planned every month as well as the triumphant return of our Gate and Garden Tour 2021! So
many reasons, join today!
Laguna Beach Garden Club Meeting Information:
The Laguna Beach Garden club in accordance with CA state recommendations to reduce the rate
and risk of community spread of COVID-19, will be holding meetings with our speaker series
presenters remotely via Zoom. For more information about LBGC, our Speaker Series and how
you can get involved, check out our website www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org. Detailed
instructions on how to access our Zoom meeting will be emailed to all members prior to the
The Laguna Beach Garden Club
The Non-profit Laguna Beach Garden Club, Inc. was founded in 1928 in beautiful Laguna
Beach, CA and celebrated its 91st anniversary in February. Its members support a wide variety of
projects related to education in gardening, horticulture, landscape and floral design,
conservation, ecology and bird life.
We are members of the California Garden Club Inc., which includes membership in the National
Garden Clubs Inc. We are incorporated and have well defined by-laws with a 501(c)(3)