Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens is launching its Spring Speaker Series with a presentation on February 21 at 7 p.m. by Gary Lyons, the curator of the desert garden at the Huntington Library. Lyons is an internationally recognized drought-tolerant garden designer, scholar and conservationist. He will speak on the significance of drought tolerant landscapes referencing the Huntington Library’s desert gardens, which is one of the oldest collections of cacti and succulents in the world, as well as Casa Romantica’s own drought tolerant gardens.
“The Desert Garden” presentation by Gary Lyons is the first presentation in Casa Romantica’s 10-part 2013 Speaker Series, which will bring experts and educators to the Casa to speak on topics ranging from horticulture, ecology and natural history, to literary and visual arts, history and topics of local significance and interest. The 2013 Spring Speaker Series continues on March 14 with a presentation by author and historian Doug Westfall on “The Ranchos of Orange County,” followed by a presentation on April 18 by Master Gardener Jodie Cook on “The Edible Landscape”, and an evening with impressionist painter, Gianne Harper, on May 16.
2013 represents Casa Romantica’s 10 year anniversary as a fully-fledged arts and cultural center.
Tickets to individual presentations in Casa Romantica’s 2013 Spring Speaker Series can be purchased by calling 949.498.2139 ext. 10. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $5 for Casa Romantica members and free for students and children.