Meeting Location: Desert Botanical Garden – Dorrance Hall

Meeting Time: 2:00 p.m

Presenter: Jeremy Spath

Jeremy Spath has felt inspired to see Agaves in their natural habitat since his first trip into the field more than 15 years ago. 

Presentation: Agaves in Nature and Our Garden

This review covers Jeremy’s search for the beautiful Agave habitats of the Americas.  It additionally covers growing them in cultivation, with a particular emphasis on selecting exceptional clones.  After leaving the San Diego Botanic Garden several years ago, he began working for Rancho Soledad Nursery in Rancho Santa Fe, California.  There he worked with hybridizing Agaves to create new and beautiful plants for the nursery.  Now Jeremy owns his own nursery, Hidden Agave, in Escondido, California where he continues to grow, hybridize, and tissue culture Agaves; as well as continually seeking his muse and the endless habitats where they reside.  Jeremy also recently published his new book Agaves, Species, Cultivars, & Hybrids available on his website: The book is a sweeping review of the genus that dives deep into the world of Agaves both cultivated and in their native habitat.  Co-authored with Jeff Moore of Solana Succulents, this 350 plus page book, offers over 1500 images and informative information about these stunningly beautiful and architectural plants.  Cultivars and hybrids are included, discussions on the majority of the species, as well as many newly discovered ones! 

The talk will feature select Agaves in their natural habitat, as well as discuss Agaves in cultivation including the process of hybridizing and tissue culturing these distinctive living sculptures.

From top to bottom:

  • Jeremy Spath with Agave montana in Tamaulipas at 10,000 ft.
  • Agave impressa in Nayarit
  • Agave shawii ssp. goldmaniana in Central Baja, California
  • Gardening with Agaves