Future Programs:

Meetings start at 7:15 p.m. in the County Fair Building at The San Francisco Botanical Gardens You can meet the speakers for a walk through Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at 4:00 in front of the Strybing bookstore. If you're not a member, there is a Guest Fee of $5.

Click on titles of previous programs for written recaps of the presentations

Previous Programs

January 16, 2006

California Wildflowers in Their Glory
Presented by Ron Parsons, noted flower photographer, lecturer, horticulturist, and author.

The speaker has been photographing California wildflowers for almost 20 years and has never seen such an abundance and diversity of flowers as in 2005.

February 20, 2006

California Native Plants for the Garden
Presented by

Carol Bornstein, Director of Living Collections and nursery Santa Barbara Botanic Garden;

Bart O’Brien; Director of Horticulture and Curator of Living Collections at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California. 

Highlighting their new book California Native Plants for the Garden, the three authors will discuss their favorite plants and the program will be illustrated with beautiful photos of native flora included in book.

March 20, 2006 

 Flowers of Greece and the Mediterranean Basin

Presented by Dr. Bob Gibbons, noted botanist and author  of  more than twenty books on botanical subjects, including field guides to flowers of  Southern Europe and Northern Europe.

April  17,  2006

The Savage Garden--Growing Carnivorous Plants

Presented by Peter D’Amato Co-owner of California Carnivores  and internationally noted authority and author on  carnivorous plants.

His nursery, California Carnivores, was started in 1989, and houses the world’s largest collection of insect and animal eating plants in the world, several hundred varieties.  He is author of the Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants, which won the American Horticultural Society’s Book Award, and is in its sixth printing.  He and his nursery have appeared many times in the media, from numerous TV shows to newspapers and magazines. The slide illustrated  program includes the great diversity of species and their natural habitats. A display of many specimens will be of special interest. 

May 15, 2006 

“The Best Year for California Wildflowers 2005”
Presented by
Dr. Glenn Keator, noted botanist and author,
recipient of the 2006 Annual Award for his outstanding contributions to our knowledge of California’s native flora.

Silent Auction of rare plants. Call Elsie Mueller at [800-884-0009] for reservations. Fee is $5 per person to cover event costs. Advance reservations must be made no later than Friday, May 12th. Your dinner ticket & name tags will be held for you at the door. Bring your favorite dish [enough to serve 8]; your table setting & own silverware; plants for sale.

June 19, 2006

“Mosaic designs for enhancement of gardens” [Luscious stonework for gardens]

Presented by Jeffrey Bale

A presentation of the finest stonework that he has encountered during his travels in Asia, North, Central and South America, and the work it has inspired him to build for gardens in t he Western United States. Specializing in pebble mosaic and artistic stone construction, he has designed and built several gardens with a strong emphasis on the structural component, treating it as a sacred art form. The talk will include images ranging from Vastu puranic temple design in India and Cambodia, Inca stonework, Portuguese and Spanish mosaic, and visionary works by self-trained artists in various countries, in addition to Jeffrey’s own work and the processes he uses for construction of walls, patios, paths, steps, and fountains.


July 17, 2006

"Ferns from Around the World and for Bay Area Gardens"
(including how to grow your own from spore)

Presented by horticulturist and plant explorer Martin Grantham

 Martin Grantham will show a wide range of ferns encountered in his botanical travels from rock ferns (cheilanthoids) to tree ferns. He'll point out many that grow well in the SF Bay Area. Since some of the best ferns are rarely offered by nurseries, he'll include a discussion of home propagation. Unusual ferns will be available to the horticulturally adventurous for purchase.

August 21, 2006

Developing new plants

Presented by Dr. Scott Trees,  Director of New Crops, Ball FloraPlant, Guadalupe CA

September 18, 2006

“ When Plants Cascade”

Presented by Ted Kipping, noted plant and tree fanatic.
October 16, 2006

“Love it, Grow it, How to propagate plants for fun and profit”

Presented by Kathy Echols

November 20, 2006

“The Effect of Global Climate Change on California Horticulture”

Presented by Dr. Michael Loik, Dept. of Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz.

California is a trendsetter and the world’s seventh largest economy. We also emit a lot of global warming pollutants. What is in store for California’s future climate? How will it impact California’s amazing flora? How will it impact the horticultural community? Michael Loik of UC Santa Cruz will provide some answers to these questions and pose a few for you to think about for yourself.

Dr. Loik has conducted extensive research on the biology of stress tolerance of cacti, yuccas, creosote bush and sagebrush. He has also published on the impacts of climate change on desert and montane ecosystems of the Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts, as well as the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada.

Programs from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004,  2005