On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM, at Room 18 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will feature a program by Bruce Palmer on What’s in a Name? In his program, Bruce Palmer will detail how the genus Rhododendron got its name, what some of the unique characteristics of the genus are and why there are subgenera.
He will also go into information about the Ericaceae plant family, a family which includes heaths, heathers, blueberries, huckleberries, and rhododendrons.
Bruce Palmer began his career as a science and math teacher at Ferndale High School in Humboldt County in 1960. In 1968, he had the opportunity to start the biology program at the University of Hawai’i’s new Maui Community College. Bruce taught lower division biology courses there for 25 years, retiring in 1993 as Chief Academic Officer (Dean of Instruction) of the college. Bruce and Nelda moved back to Humboldt County at that time. Since Bruce’s retirement, he has remained active in his field by volunteering at the Humboldt Botanical Garden, being an active member of the Eureka Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, and by writing a column on biological terms for the Eureka Chapter’s monthly newsletter, and quarterly word articles for both the Journal of the American Rhododendron Society and the Botanical Guardian of the Humboldt Botanical Garden. Bruce was the recipient of the University of Hawai’i Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Education in 1975 and the American Rhododendron Society’s Gold Medal in 2015.
Information on the De Anza Chapter, and the rest of the American Rhododendron Society can be found at: