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Robert "Bob" L. Saso 1943-2002

Robert "Bob" L. Saso 1943-2002

The Santa Cruz, California community of herbalists lost a dear friend on January 21st of this year. Bob Saso, herb gardener extraordinaire, passed away at the young age of 58 after fighting colon cancer for several years. Bob stayed close to home with his community herb work and so his name may not be familiar to the herbalist community at large. However, many are likely to be familiar with Bob's parents, Virginia and Louie Saso of Saso Herb Garden fame, formerly of Saratoga, California. The senior Sasos have touched many lives within the herbalist community, sharing their boundless wisdom and love for the cultivation of medicinal plants. Saso Herb Garden has been an icon in the growing medicinal herb movement for decades, educating many apprentice students and hosting herbal medicine classes for more than 25 years.

Bob followed in the footsteps of his parents on a parcel of land in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains, teaching people how to grow medicinals, teaching others about the beauty of plants, and otherwise simply loving the land. For more than 20 years Bob cultivated herb gardens in Felton, California where he welcomed people to share in his botanical bounty. Bob's enthusiasm to teach the community about herb cultivation led him to start a nursery and the Sierra Pacific school. He was also an avid softball player. His coed team of family and friends, the Blue Jays, won a championship in his honor in November. He is survived by his wife Susan, and their seven children and stepchildren.

Services for Bob were held on February 2 at St. John's Catholic Church in Felton. The church was filled to overflowing with friends and family members, attesting to the number of people who loved and respected him. Memories of Bob's enthusiasm, great smile, and beautiful gardens continue to inspire all those who had the honor of knowing him.

Contributions in Bob's name may be made to the Hospice Caring Project of Santa Cruz, 6851 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003.