DATE: April 25, 2018

TIME: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

LOCATION: The Studio

Polyscias Bisattenuata

Cost: $30 per person includes presentation and lunch provided by Insalata’s

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Chipper Wichman, President, CEO and Director of the National Tropical Botanical Garden headquartered on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The talk will address the importance of tropical plant species and why protecting tropical biodiversity is critical for our planet. A focus will be NTBG’s Impact in Hawai`i and across the globe.

About Chipper Wichman

For his entire adult life, Chipper Wichman has worked to preserve the precious natural and cultural resources of Hawai‘i where he was born and raised. He began work at the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) in 1976 has served as the President and CEO of NTBG since 2003, overseeing five gardens and five preserve and programs that have a global impact. One of Chipper’s greatest accomplishments is the creation of the 1,000-acre award winning Limahuli Garden and Preserve, where he and his wife Hau’oli developed a biocultural management program based on traditional Hawaiian ahupua‘a practices and knowledge. Chipper has become a globally recognized leader and on April 29 this year, he will receive the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America, for his contributions to horticulture and plant conservation.