Plants and Habitats of the Siskiyou Mountains of Southwestern Oregon and Northwestern California
Speaker: Linda Ann Vorobik, PhD

Wednesday, November 19, 7:30 pm
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library (directions below)

Linda Ann Vorobik will present a photographic travelogue of an area she knows well: the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon and northwestern California. She has been visiting this region yearly since her dissertation research on plants in the genus Arabis. The group she studies includes the federally endangered Arabis macdonaldiana and its nearest relatives. Linda will provide an update on the taxonomic status of this interesting group of plants, and of course she will share images and stories of favorite places and plants in the Siskiyous.

Linda Ann Vorobik is a PhD botanist and botanical artist who now lives at her family home on Lopez Island, Washington, but who maintains an affiliation and does research through the University and Jepson Herbaria at UC Berkeley. She is currently working on illustrations for A Flora of Santa Catalina Island and finishing a research project on the status of the federally endangered Erysimum menziesii and its nearest relatives. Most know her from her five-year editorship of Fremontia, the CNPS journal, and as illustrator of over 1/3 of the botanical drawings in The Jepson Manual.

Linda’s art and silk scarves will be available for viewing and sale before and after the talk, and Linda will donate 35 percent of sales to East Bay CNPS. For more information about Linda’s art and activities see

East Bay CNPS membership meetings are free of charge and open to everyone. This month’s meeting takes place in the Garden Room of the Orinda Public Library at 24 Orinda Way (in Orinda Village). The Garden Room is on the second floor of the building, accessible by stairs or an elevator. The Garden Room opens at 7 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Call 510-496-6016 or email if you have questions.

Directions to Orinda Public Library at 24 Orinda Way:

From the west, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda/Moraga exit. At the end of the off ramp, turn left on Camino Pablo (toward Orinda Village), right on Santa Maria Way (the signal after the BART station and freeway entrance), and left on Orinda Way.

From the east, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda exit. Follow the ramp to Orinda Village. Turn right on Santa Maria way (the first signal) and left on Orinda Way.

Once on Orinda Way, go 1 short block to the parking lot on the southeast side of the two-story building on your right. There is additional free parking beneath the building as well as on the street.

From BART (4 blocks): Exit the Orinda station, turn right and cross a pedestrian bridge, then cross a second pedestrian bridge on the left. Go 1 short block on the sidewalk to the third pedestrian bridge. Go 2 blocks on Orinda Way to the Orinda Library.

No meeting in December (happy holidays!)

Waldo rockcress (Arabis aculeolata). Photo by Linda Vorobik. A. aculeolata
is a rare California native.

Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata). Pen and ink with watercolor by Linda Ann Vorobik.