Ron Vanderhoff

Joined: Jul 27, 2015 Last Active: Oct 24, 2020

Botanical focus, especially of the native and naturalized flora in and around Orange County, CA. I am involved in rare plant mapping, range extensions, phenology, invasive plant detection and response, plant conservation, herbarium collections, interpretation and education.
I am currently V.P. of The California Native Plant Society in Orange County (field trip, invasive plant and rare plant chair/co-chair).
General Manager and V.P. of Roger's Gardens, a large garden and outdoor living retailer in Newport Beach.

My interest in plants has been lifelong and really grew from a long and deep interest and curiosity of the natural world as a whole. Along the way, I have had significant diversions into other facets of our local natural history, especially birds and insects, but plants have been a constant area of deep interest since my earliest childhood memories.

My interest in plants is universal, including cultivated plants as well as wildland plants. Unlike some, I see these two,groups,of plants as complimentary, not separate, exclusive or competitive. Garden plants teach incredibly valuable lessons about nature, natural systems, ecological functions, pollination, habitat and more. Nature shows up in gardens, especially those that are well crafted and intelligently planned. In an increasingly urban world it may be a garden that becomes someone’s “window” into nature. Gardens and garden plants are how I got started and probably many of you.

I believe the frontier of both cultivated gardens and of wildlands is a much bigger intersection of the two, not a separation. The future of gardens is to not only look pretty and be decorative, but to support ecological functions, increase biodiversity, offer habitat and restore the planet. Meanwhile, wildlands and those who love them, need to penetrate much deeper into our urban lands with locally native plants, more intelligent fuel management practices, better invasive plant management, great education and especially an “inclusive” and helpful approach to unknowing home gardeners.

The distinction between “gardens” and “wildlands” must blur. That is our frontier - it’s all about plants.

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