Saging the World




4:00 - 6:00 PM

Join us for a film screening and conversation about white sage, "smudging," and plant conservation that could change how you relate to the plants in your communities and the Native Californians who have cared for these landscapes for millenia.

Please note: registration for this event closes at 5 PM on Friday, November 10th.


4:00 PM - Short ethnobotanical tours and White Sage planting activity (while supplies last)
5:00 PM - Film Screening
5:20 PM - Panel discussion with
Nicholas Rocha - Chairman of the Gabrielino-Shoshone Nation
Kimberly Morales Johnson - Tribal Secretary, enrolled member of the (Gabrieleno Tongva) San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians
Naomi Fraga - California Botanic Garden Director of Conservation Programs

Indigenous communities have tended a relationship with white sage for thousands of generations. White sage (Salvia apiana) only occurs in southern California and northern Baja California, Mexico. Today, poachers are stealing metric tons of this plant from the wild to supply international demand. Saging the World spotlights the ecological and cultural issues intertwined with white sage, centering the voices of Native advocates who have long protected and cherished this plant.

The short documentary was produced by Rose Ramirez, Deborah Small, and the California Native Plant Society to foster awareness and inspire action for white sage. For more information on the film and ways to support white sage, visit

This event is "Pay What You Will."  (Suggested donation $5-$25: all proceeds support CalBG educational and conservation efforts). To make a donation please enter the amount in the "Make an Additional Donation" box in your shopping cart.

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