Barbara Cooper and Bella Seiden: Mountain Passes: Four Passes in the Andes

Date: 7:30pm-9:30pm, Apr 10, 2024

Barbara Cooper and Bella Seiden have been gardening together in Toronto for more than 25 years. They have a plant collector’s garden in an urban setting, where they have constructed a tufa garden, crevice and rock garden as well as perennial beds Over the years they have developed aninterest in seeing plants in their natural habitat and have traveled several times to South America, South Africa, and Turkey. They are members of the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society where they are responsible for the Speaker’s Programme.

Mountain passes provide a unique opportunity to visit alpine areas to botanize. In 2020, Bella and Barbara travelled to Argentina to travel with Marcela Ferreyra into the Andes. Together they drove up and into the eastern Andes in Argentina, then crossed over into Chile to explore the western Andean slopes. This presentation will focus on their experience of four very different mountain passes and the flora they found there.