Gardener and scientist Larry Deaven will share stories, tips and photos for getting a penstemon garden started. This special presentation is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Los Alamos Nature Center and free and made possible by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
Deaven has been growing penstemons for more than 40 years, and he began work on the nature center penstemon gardens in 2015. He received a special projects grant from the American Penstemon Society in 2016 to help support garden construction. The gardens now contain approximately 2,000 plants including representatives from 100 different species and 40 subspecies, color forms or hybrids.
Deaven also worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in human cytogenetics and human molecular genetics until he retired as the director of the Center for Human Genome Studies in 2003. Although his primary education was in mammalian cell genetics, he also studied plant genetics, botany, and horticulture before coming to Los Alamos in 1971.
This presentation is at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email email@example.com or call 505.662.0460.
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35.