I began realizing just how little I knew about the diversity of life as I continued working at the Huntington. The various books and papers that I continued to read also showed me more that I didn't know. The realization that I still had a lot to learn motivated me to become active in educating the public about what I have seen and learned during my experiences in both the field and the gardens. Luckily, southern California has a number of botanical societies that allowed me to fulfill this desire to educate. My first presentation was about my first trip to Namibia (available here: Hunting for Hyacinthaceae) and I presented it to the Sunset Succulent Society in Marina del Rey, California. After that, I was hooked. I gave the same presentation to different audiences at the Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society in Los Angeles, CA and then to the Central Coast Cactus & Succulent Society in San Luis Obispo, CA. To this day, these opportunities continue to motivate me to learn and travel as much as I can and then share this knowledge with the public. It is a win-win situation in my mind since I'll also be able to further my research while traveling. Ledebouria have truly become a passion and it has not gone unnoticed.
With time, my passion for Ledebouria was hard to miss and everyone knew I was mad about these little bulbs. Eventually, I was invited to speak at the Huntington's Succulent Symposium in 2013. The symposium is an annual event that occurs around Labor Day weekend. It features speakers from around the globe discussing topics that mainly pertain to cacti and succulents, but also on the areas where these fascinating organisms live. I was so excited to finally get to talk about only Ledebouria and why research on this group is important and how one completes such work. If you're interested, you can find the talk here (Succulent Symposium 2013). Ignore the overlapping pictures. Also, I was a bit naive at the time and didn't quite understand a lot of things. That's besides the point though. I was excited to teach and excited to share ideas I had about this wonderful group of bulbous plants.