Webinar: The Legacy of Professor Werner Rauh and Travels in Peru with Pamela Koide Hyatt

Pamela Koide Hyatt will discuss the works, travels, and plant discoveries of the late Professor Rauh, as well as her extensive work with "Tillandsias."

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Date: July 20th, 2024
Time: 10AM Pacific Time (California)

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Professor Werner Rauh (1913 – 2000) was the director at Heidelberg Botanical Garden and Herbarium from 1960 until his retirement in 1982. He traveled extensively, until his last expedition to Madagascar in 1994, and continued to visit the Botanical Garden until a few weeks before his death in 2000.  He completed more than 36 expeditions to Central and South America, southern Africa, and Madagascar. From his travels he collected thousands field notes, and herbarium specimens, which are a part of the Botanical Garden and Herbarium. The Werner Rauh Heritage Project, funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation, is a relational database to store all the information found in these field books, as well as link the information to the living collections, herbarium, and the garden’s existing database.

About the webinar

Pamela will begin by discussing the works, travels, and plant discoveries of Professor Rauh. She will examine how all Rauh’s work has been documented in the Werner Rauh Heritage Project. Then, she will discuss her experience of traveling with Professor Rauh to Peru for nearly one month in 1988.  There will be original images from travels with Rauh, as well as updated images of Bromeliads and Cacti from a recent trip to Peru in 2019.

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About our Speaker

Pamela Koide Hyatt, has been exploring and growing Bromeliads, with an emphasis on Tillandsias, for more than half her life. Since starting Bird Rock Tropicals in 1981, Pamela has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Central, and South America in search of Tillandsias.  During these travels she has discovered more than a dozen species new to science, as well as many more natural hybrids. Experiencing plants in habitat and growing for more than 44 years gives her a unique insight into this amazing genus.
 
Pamela grows from seed and hybridizing Tillandsias. It can take up to two years for the seed to be ready to harvest, and growing the plants to maturity can take anywhere from three to twenty years.  Of the more than 3000 hybrids that were made, many have bloomed for the first time over the past few years.
 
One of these hybrids, Tillandsia samantha, was nominated for ‘Plant of the Year’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2012. In 2013, Tillandsia samantha won the ‘Glass Tulip Award’ in the category of houseplants. The Glass Tulip Award is one of the most prestigious awards in Horticulture awarded by FloraHolland.

Additionally, Pamela is an International Bromeliad Judge and has served as President and newsletter editors of both the San Diego Bromeliad Society and the North County Bromeliad Society.  She has served as a Director of the Bromeliad Society International (BSI), and Publications Chairman for the BSI. She is currently on the Scientific Review Panel for the Journal of the Bromeliad Society (BSI).  She recently completed nine years as a Trustee at the San Diego Botanic Garden. 
 
In 1992 she contributed to the revision of the BSI Cultural Manual.  Pamela revised and compiled the second edition (1998), and the third edition (2022) of A Bromeliad Glossary, published by the Bromeliad Society International.  Pamela has been a keynote speaker at the Australian Biennial Conference in 1998, 2003 (in New Zealand), 2007, and 2015.  She has presented at the Japanese Bromeliad Society in Tokyo, 2001, and HortPark in Singapore 2015, the BSI World Bromeliad Conference in Hawaii in 2014, Houston 2016, San Diego 2018, and numerous local societies and plant clubs in the United States.

Pamela has consulted on several different botanical projects.  These include consulting not only at private gardens, but Botanical Gardens in Thailand, Singapore, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego, as well as hotel installations at the Mirage, Bellagio, and MGM in Las Vegas. Currently she is consulting on the installation of epiphytes to be included in the restoration of the Balboa Park Botanical Building in San Diego.

In 2014 Pamela published Air Plant Tilli-Cards™, a set of 100 reference cards for species and hybrid tillandsias.  In 2015, Pamela created and developed the first

Application for IOS smart phones related to Tillandsias. The app, Air Plant Tilli-Cards™, is a reference guide to the identification, cultivation and growing of Tillandsia air plants. The app can be easily updated to include most species and many common hybrids.

In 2017, Pamela began collaborating with Jeff Chemnick, owner of Mexico Nature Tours, to co-lead Ecotours in Mexico to see Bromeliads, especially Tillandsia in habitat.


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