Our local mountains are home to a plentiful and varied assortment of Dudleya. Each of the 11 species and 6 subspecies inhabiting the Santa Monica’s and San Bernadino’s can be found within an hour’s drive from central Los Angeles. For the past four years, John Martinez and Nils Schirrmacher have photographed these succulents in habitat, trekking slopes and canyons to uncover our native treasures. The introduction to the breadth of our local Dudleya will feature their photos and impart lessons learned in the field.
Aside from maintaining his plant collection, John Martinez, a native of Southern California, divides his time between gardening, golf, photography, occasional fly fishing, and grandchildren.
Nils Schirrmacher has been collecting succulents since 1999. From his Los Angeles apartment, he’s building a collection of seed-grown plants that includes members of the Aizoaceae, or mesembs. This pursuit led him to join the Mesemb Study Group in 2014. Nils has had several gallery exhibitions of his work and by day, he works as an Art Handler.
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