Nancy R. Morin presents “Point Arena Lighthouse Wildflower Wonderland”.
The land immediately around the Point Arena Lighthouse has been protected from grazing for many years and hosts one of the best displays of coastal bluff shrubs and grassland wildflowers on the coast. Just beyond the lighthouse there is also a surprising diversity of other habitats, with wetlands, moist banks, woodlands, and various grassland types. There are exciting and beautiful plants to discover throughout the year in our area.
Nancy received her Ph.D. in Botany at University of California Berkeley, was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian, then worked in various positions at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis for 15 years, after which she was Executive Director of the professional organization for botanical gardens and then executive director at The Arboretum at Flagstaff. She moved to Point Arena full time in 2004 to continue her research on the bellflower family and to work on a massive multi-institutional project to publish a Flora of North America north of Mexico. She is president of the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and president of Friends of Coast Community Library.