Past Webinar: Barrels of Baja with Greg Starr

Greg Starr will take you on a journey through Baja California through the eyes of the genus Ferocactus.

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Date: March 16th, 2024
Time: 10AM Pacific Time (California)

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Barrels of Baja with Greg Starr

In this newly developed presentation, Greg takes you on a journey of Baja California through the eyes of the genus Ferocactus. Ferocactus grow at a wide range of elevations, from near sea level to around 6,000 feet elevation, in Baja California. They are found in sandy soil, near the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California, up to the rock crevices in the mountains throughout the peninsula. While traveling with Ferocactus enthusiast Tim Gregory, Greg and Tim realized that there was a clear need for a comprehensive study of the Ferocactus of Baja California. Join Greg as he takes you on a whirlwind tour to look at the plants, their flowers, and variety of spines and their colors found in the fascinating and captivating genus Ferocactus.

About our Speaker

Greg Starr’s passion for desert flora and fauna is reflected in his long career in horticulture and botany.   He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture in 1979 and obtained his Master of Science in Horticulture, with a special emphasis on botany, in 1985.  Prior to opening Starr Nursery in 1985, Gregg worked extensively in the landscape and horticultural industry, including working at the University of Arizona herbarium for Warren Jones (co-author of Plants for Dry Climates and Landscape Plants for Dry Regions) and Dr. Charles Mason. Greg’s business, Starr Nursery, specializes in Agaves and related plants, as well as other succulents and new introductions of perennials, flowering shrubs, and small trees from arid and semi-arid regions around the world.

Greg has extensive experience in the field and as an author.  He has written two books, Cool Plants for Hot Gardens, and Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers. He is a co-author for the Field Guide to the Cacti and Other Succulents of Arizona. Presently, he is working on Cool Cacti and Succulents for Hot Gardens, which he hopes to finish before summer 2024. 

Articles by Greg have been printed by Cactus and Succulent Journal, Haseltonia, and Desert Plants. Greg has described seven new species of Agave, three new species of Hesperaloe, and was a part of the team that described Thelocactus tepelmemensis.


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Photo Credits: Greg Starr