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In addition to research associated with the day to day activities of a botanic garden, the Gardens actively pursues and receives grants for specific research and development projects. Currently the Gardens is developing a wheelchair accessible pathway and garden that links Lilac Lane with the AARS Rose Garden. The pathway traverses a steep slope through the California North Coast plantings and, for the first time, allows a loop route for people in wheelchairs to tour some of the Gardens' mid level, main features. This was funded by the Friends of UCRBG and the Botanic Gardens and includes memorial donations for garden columnist Lorraine Small and Professor Brian Mudd. A separate grant from the Elvinia Slosson Foundation is supporting the improvement of plantings, paths and interpretive signage in the adjacent South African Garden.

Building on the long term breeding and selection activities of Director Emeritus Louis Erickson, current Director Giles Waines is working on the development of dwarf, low winter-chill lilacs. This is supported, in part, by grants from the Elvinia Slosson Foundation, the International Lilac Society, the Horticultural Research Institute and Monrovia Nursery Company, on behalf of Martin Usery. Members of the Idyllwild Garden Club have contributed to student research with lilacs. Another grant from the Elvinia Slosson Foundation, awarded in 1999, will allow the continuation and expansion of the Cantua breeding project. Cantuas, or magic-flower-of-the-Incas, are being bred at
UCRBG for heat resistance and a wider variety of flower forms and colors.

Details of these important research and development activities will be updated as new information becomes available.

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