As head gardener of the children’s wing of LA’s Huntington Botanical Garden, Jeff Karsner’s enthusiasm for plants was equal to his enthusiasm for helping children learn. His work with the Huntington meant he helped tend one of the most impressive collections of cacti and other succulents in the world. Jeff was a member of the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry where he created characters made out of living succulents. One in particular, “Sen the Centennial Senecio,” he constructed solely from 9 different varieties of senecio. His goal with his own business was to promote landscapes that thrived with low-water conditions. Jeff will be remembered for so many things, but his beloved Children’s Garden at the Huntington Library will be a constant reminder of his passion and love for nature.