Previous Programs (2001):

January 15, 2001
Alpine Gems of the Central Sierra Nevada
Join intrepid hiker and photographer Ted Kipping in examining some of the choice plants from the myriad of habitats available in the Sierra Nevada. Mediterranean - Riparian - Montane Forest - Bogs -Mountain Meadows - Alpine Fell - fields - High steppes. Visiting this highly dissected terrain offers us a chance to visit and experience Continental and Alpine Arctic micro climates rising up out of a Mediterranean world. The contrast brings us into contact with new habitats and a wealth of new species - an opportunity and a challenge to Bay Area growers.
February 19, 2001
Winter growing Oxalis and tuberous Pelargonium species of South Africa
Presented by Michael Vassar, of Huntington Botanical Gardens is Curator of Floristic Gardens which includes the Palm Garden, Jungle Garden, Subtropical Garden, Australian Garden and Water Lily Garden. Besides growing over 250 different species of Oxalis, he has a keen interest in growing South African bulbs, Pelargonium species and succulents. He has traveled extensively to photograph plants and will share some of his award winning photos with us.

March 19

Plants for a New Millennium
Presented by Wendy Proud, horticulturist and product manager for Monrovia Nursery, where she is involved in the development and introduction of new plants and is responsible for managing the nursery’s product mix, as well as assisting with the marketing of Monrovia’s 1500 varieties. Ms. Proud is Present Past President of the California Association of Nurserymen Los Angeles Chapter. During a slide illustrated program, she will discuss some of the exciting new plants available.
April 16
From Sakhalin to Taiwan: the forests of eastern Asia
Presented by Mark Flanagan, professional horticulturist for more than10 years for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Wakehurst Place.The temperate forests of Asia, in particular China and the Himalaya, have yielded a treasure trove of garden plants. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has played an active role in introducing plant material from China, in collaboration with a range of organizations including the Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen. In addition, Kew has pursued an active field program in other parts of eastern Asia. Mark has travelled widely in search of hardy plants. During these trips over 700 seed and plant collections were made and many exciting plants introduced to cultivation as a consequence. From Ullung Island, off the coast of South Korea, an outstanding form of Japanese rowan (Sorbus commmixta), from Taiwan new species of cotoneaster and rhododendron, from the Siberian Tiger country of Ussuriland the little known conifer Microbiota decussata and from Hokkaido, the monarch birch (Betula maximowicziana). This illustrated lecture will feature the plants, peoples and landscapes of these fascinating places.
May 7
California Horticultural Society’s Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner
at which time Ruth Bancroft will receive the ANNUAL AWARD in recognition of her many contributions to horticulture over the years. Brian Kemble, Horticulturist & Curator of the Ruth Bancroft Garden will present the program - “The History of the Ruth Bancroft Garden”.
June 18
Cistus species and natural hybrids around the Mediterranean - Olivier Filippi
Olivier and Clara Filippi created their nursery, Pépinière Filippi, in 1984, in the South of France near Montpellier, enthusiastic about the idea of using drought tolerant native plants in "natural" gardens.
Cistus, for them a local native, has always been a particular interest, and they now maintain the National Collection of Cistus Species and Hybrids, comprising nearly 250 different plants.
In this talk, Olivier will review the 60 or 70 of the best forms for gardens, including many naturally occurring hybrids, based upon their direct observations in growing each in their experimental garden. He will also show us their native habitats as well as the landscapes and other plants with which they are commonly associated, such as Teucrium, Phlomis, Artemisia, Lavandula, also figuring prominently in their nursery collection. The Filippi's are also involved in conservation of endangered species (including some Cistus), restoration of habitat, and educational issues on native plants of their local French garrique (the equivalent of our California chaparral).
Visit Oliver Filippi's website at (in French).
July 16
Rock Gardens & Rock Garden Plants - Presented by Dick Dunmire, former Senior Editor of Sunset Magazine and Sunset Western Garden Book. The illustrated program will show many of the common and rare rock garden plants with photographs of rock gardens under construction and some finished rock gardens from various places here and abroad. The principal display will be of rock garden plants, individually and in groups, including many unusual or rare species such as Daphne petraea and Dicentra peregrina. There will also be some pots, troughs, and alpine plants from Edinburgh to Inverewe, Denver and Vancouver and south. The slides for this presentation were made for possible Sunset rock garden stories or for a rock garden book that never materialized.
August 20
Fancy Hibiscus - beautiful new hybrids for non-tropical climates. Charles Black is the owner of Hidden Valley Hibiscus, and a specialist in the hybridization, propagation, growing, and distribution of the fancy new forms of H. rosa-sinensis. Mr. Black has spoken and written on this subject extensively, including articles in Pacific Horticulture and the American Nurseryman. Hidden Valley Hibiscus distributes full size plants to about 100 nurseries and garden centers in California (including northern CA), Arizona, and Nevada and is evolving toward supplying many other growers around the US. They are also focusing on further development of the species through an extensive breeding program, targeting hardier bushes and unique flower colors such as the lavender/purple group.
September 17
Subtropical Style in the San Francisco Bay Area presented by David Feix. Tonight’s speaker David Feix, is a local designer and horticulturist, trained as a landscape architect, who has been designing gardens in California for the past 25 years. Plants were an early interest for David and discovering tropicals as an adult rekindled that initial passion. Various extended stays working in Brazil, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia have all left their mark. Come explore gardens which combine succulents, bromeliads, tropicals and mediterraneans, in a mix that could only be Californian! Is the concept even appropriate for our mediterranean climate? Let me make my case for erasing winter from my vocabulary, and having fun in the process.
October 15
The Natural History of Soqotra presented by Dylan Hannon, Plant Propagator at Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden. In the Arabian Sea, off the Horn of Africa (Somalia), lies the island of Soqotra, one of the most intriguing and beautiful destinations in the world. This talk will feature many of Soqotra’s famous plants and animals, set amidst towering granite spires and limestone plateaus. See Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum (bottle tree), Dendrosicyos socotrana (cucumber tree), Dracena cinnabari (Dragon’s blood tree), Exacum affine (Persian violet) and Punica protopunica (Soqotran pomegranate) in their native habitats on this rarely visited island.

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November 19

Confessions of A Plant Addict presented by Kelly Dodson noted horticulturist and avid plant collector, of Reflective Gardens Nursery near Poulsbo, Washington. His focus is mainly on uncommon plants and species. From seed collected on his expedition to Yunnan, China he has grown the beautiful pink Allium mairei. One of his new introductions is Ficus ti-kona, a ground cover which he believes holds great promise for the Bay area. You will not want to miss this fascinating slide illustrated program.

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