Topic: Rare Proteas and Other Plants of South Africa’s Fynbos
Speaker: Sunshine Brosi, Professor, Biology Department, Frostburg State University
Dr. Brosi will present on the botanical diverse plants of South Africa’s Western Cape including endemic plants of Table Mountain, Cape Peninsula, and the fynbos. She will take you on a tour of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town including beautiful Protea species. The Botanical Garden is home to the Garden of Extinction which collects, cultivates, and propagates threatened plants making plant material available to seed banks, gardeners, and for reintroduction programs. The Garden of Extinction holds some 1,500 South African plants that are, or may soon be, extinct in the wild. Many of these plants are endangered due to agricultural encroachment for items you might buy including oranges, rooibos tea, and South African wine.
This free program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm; the public is welcome to attend.
Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Drive a short distance and turn left, following signs for the Compton Parking Lot.