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The Huntington, in San Marino, CA, obtained a grant from...
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Plant Focus

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Quercus douglasii is an endemic California oak tree, affectionately called “the blue oak”.

Society News

Dr. Michael Avishai (1935-2018)

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Dr. Michael Avishai, a leading oak expert, botanist, and horticulturist in Israel and worldwide, passed away last December, leaving a huge emptiness and sadness in the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and beyond.

Another Successful Silent Auction at Davis

The Silent Auction held at the IOS Conference in Davis, CA was another great success. The total amount raised surpassed USD 2,600 and an additional USD 1,000 was received as a private donation to the fund.

2018 IOS Service Awards

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As is tradition every Triennial Conference, IOS Service Awards were presented at the 2018 Conference Gala Dinner, held on this occasion at the Sacramento Library Galleria. 

UC Davis Delivers Outstanding Conference

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The 9th International Oak Society Conference held at UC Davis last October was probably the most ambitious IOS Conference to date—and it was a memorable success.

In Memoriam: Doug McCreary

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Doug McCreary, long-time member of the IOS, died earlier this year.

Bob Berry (1916-2018)

Bob Berry, renowned oak collector and longtime member of the IOS, died August 2, 2018 at the age of 102 in Gisborne, New Zealand. Bob described himself as a sheep and cattle farmer who collected trees as a hobby. His life’s work is Hackfalls Arboretum, a 50-ha plantation of trees and shrubs comprising over 3,000 taxa from 478 genera, including the largest oak collection in the Southern Hemisphere (453 accessions, c 160 taxa) and one of the finest collections of Mexican oaks anywhere. 

Ed Holm (1930 - 2018)

Ed Holm lived in Redwood City, California and was born on 4 September 1930 and died 1 January 2018.

Michel Timacheff (Cannes, 1959 - Waterloo, 2018)

There are meetings that prove to be crucial, primordial encounters that mark our lives. My meeting with Michel Timacheff, an afternoon of October 1999 in Vallauris, was one of them.

Bernard de La Rochefoucauld (1922-2017)

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Bernard de La Rochefoucauld, long-time IOS member with his wife Brigitte, founder of l’Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères, died July 18, 2017, shortly before his 95th birthday.

Earl Cully (1927 - 2017)

Earl Cully, 90, of Jacksonville, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at his home. Earl was a long-time member of the International Oak Society and participated in several of our conferences. Early in Earl’s life he developed a passion for trees and he was nurtured by several mentors including horticulture professor J.C. McDaniel of the University of Illinois, who shared his knowledge and ability to “see” and evaluate woody plants

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