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States or region: CO UT WY ID OR WA
With our camping gear, food, hand-lens, penstemon literature and books my wife, Phoebe, and I set off for the APS meetings in Walla Walla in the hopes of finding a few penstemons in bloom along the way. Our route took us from Denver via Flaming Gorge Reservoir, the Uinta Mountains, the Ruby Mountains, Steen’s Mountain and Pendelton, Oregon. We left Denver in the early afternoon and headed west on I-70. We saw many P. secundiflorus and P. virens all along the road and in abundance in the area surrounding the junction of I-70 and US-40. We continued along I-70 through the Eisenhower Tunnel and turned north on State-9 at Dillon. This is a pretty route down the Blue River to Green Mountain Reservoir and finally to its confluence with the Colorado near Kremmling. Continuing nort ....- to download, Link Here

'Summary of the 2005 American Penstemon Society Annual Meeting, Bishop, California' - by Walz, Susie
States or region: CA
The APS-2005 Annual Meeting was held in Bishop, California on June 10-12, 2005, with activities in the White Mountains and the Eastern Sierra. We applaud and thank Phoebe and Bob McFarlane who organized this trip over a period of two years, along with help from members of the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. It was an absolutely fantastic meeting, about 65 attendees. We couldn't have asked for better weather, flowers, or scenery, and as new APS members, we found out what the rest of you already knew -- that the best part of the trip was the people, people who were interesting, kind, energetic, welcoming, experienced, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and very generous in sharing their time and their knowledge with their fellow participants. Friday June 10, 2 ....- to download, Link Here

'Stalking the Wild Penstemons of Utah' - by Gottesman, Leonard
States or region: UT
(Reprinted with permission of the editor of THE DODECATHEON, Delaware Valley Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. January-February 1999 Issue, Volume 23, Number 1) The chapter was treated to a wonderful presentation on October 10th by Noel Holmgren of the NY Botanical Garden. He is a distinguished professional plant taxonomist and is just completing volume seven of the “Intermountain Flora”, a projected eight-volume series. The project was first conceived back in the mid 30s. Penstemon, in the Scrophulariaceae family, is covered in volume four which was published in 1984. In his presentation Dr. Holmgren described a fantastic Penstemon exploration concentrating on the Colorado Plateau in southern Utah. Of the almost 300 Penstemon species, 70 are found in Utah. ....- to download, Link Here

'Putting My Mouth on the Map' - by Pennington, Bob
States or region: NV
A short while ago I suggested on the Penstemon L that it would be a good idea if many of us were to share locations for seeing penstemons. So here goes. Touring the basins and ranges of Eastern Nevada in the summer is one of our favorite vacations, and a great place for finding penstemons as well. Frequently our first stop in Nevada is Cathedral Gorge State Park, on U.S. 93, near Panaca. It is rarely crowded and they provide excellent and welcome hot showers. Just a few miles north on #93 is State Road 320, or the Caselton Loop Road. Driving north on the loop you bypass the mostly abandoned town of Caselton, and then high power transmission lines cross the highway. This is the clue to start looking for Penstemon dolius on the west shoulders of the road, and up a couple of dirt ro ....- to download, Link Here

'Penstemon Touring in the Desert and Beyond' - by Maffitt, Ginny
States or region: CA
It was the best of all possible months and years to go penstemon hunting in southern California. Bob and Phoebe McFarlane must own an excellent crystal ball as they blithely scheduled our trip for June 10-12, 2005… the year the rains came and came. Residents of Bishop told us there was no precedent for the wettest year they were experiencing—ever. And we enjoyed and enjoyed every minute of the days. The Friday evening meet-and-greet was at the UC White Mountain research station east of Bishop. Under shady trees, we enjoyed a bounty of cheese, fruit, cool drinks and wine furnished by Dwayne Dickerson, our new secretary. Now that’s the way to come into office! He’s striving to fill the shoes so ably worn for 17 years by Ann Bartlett. I’m afraid she’ll have society mail arri ....- to download, Link Here


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