February 17 Meeting: Passion Fruit Presentation and Garden Tour
Professor Jorge Ochoa has generously invited us to tour his garden at Long Beach City College followed by a talk on passion fruit. Jorge is the director of the horticulture program at LBCC, a passion fruit expert and explorer, and a frequent speaker for CRFG chapters around the state.
This will be the second time Jorge has given our chapter a presentation on passion fruit, the first being in August of 2014. Over the nearly ten intervening years Jorge has continued his travels in Latin American countries searching for new and interesting Passiflora species to bring back and propagate in the college nursery. His new talk will include the results of a recent taste-testing he conducted to select seeds of the best tasting yellow and red varieties of the purple passion fruit, Passiflora edulis.
Note: this meeting is not at the usual time and location.
Saturday February 17, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Long Beach City College
Pacific Coast Campus
1305 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90806
Park in lot #10 on Walnut Avenue: click here for a Google Map centered on the parking lot.
This parking lot has electric car charging stations, most of which are non-operational. You can park in any of the spots where the charging station is covered. The garden entrance is to the south of the parking lot.
Click here for a campus map. Use the Campus Views button to select the Pacific Coast Campus. The talk will be given in the QQ Building. On arrival, we will meet Jorge in the garden, which isn't labeled on this map, but is located just above and to the right of the greenhouse (labeled NN, Horticulture.)
Update 2.16.24 - click here for a closeup of the campus map showing the parking lot and meeting location in the garden.
Attendees are encouraged to bring fresh fruit from their garden and other snacks to share at the tasting table.
The presentation portion of this meeting will be broadcast on Zoom, but the weather may affect the start time. We will initiate the Zoom session at 1 pm and provide updates on when we expect the talk to begin.