I am proud and pleased to serve as a member of the SLO Botanical Garden board, as I serve as Department Head for the Cal Poly Horticulture and Crop Science Department and also as Director of the Cal Poly Gardens and Leaning Pine Arboretum. We have and should continue to have a highly complementary and collaborative working relationship. I fully support the great goals and plans for the SLO Botanical Garden. My brother worked for Walt Disney as a designer/engineer, so I know what Disneyland is all about. The plans for the SLO Botanical Garden are nothing like Disneyland. How ridiculous.
The Leaning Pine Arboretum is a wonderful teaching and educational facility for training horticultural professionals, including public- garden professionals who will work at such places as the SLO Botanical garden. Though we welcome people to visit the Leaning Pine Arboretum and the other horticlutural gardens and facilities at the Environmental Horticulture Unit, and we occasionally have public programs, we do not strive to be primarily a public garden with an emphasis on public educational programs. That should happen at the SLO Botanical Garden. We are a complement to the SLO Botanical Garden and vice versa. Both facilities make the Central Coast a better place to live and work. Some of the best and greatest cities (small and large) in the U.S. and around the world have more than one great garden for the public to enjoy.
I thank all those who support both the SLO Botanical Garden, the Cal Poly Gardens and Leaning Pine Arboretum, and all the other public gardens in our region.