Programs from 2007

February  19, 2007

Mariposa Lilies
 Presented by Ron Parsons, noted flower photographer and author.


March 19, 2007 Cycads

Presented by Maurice Levin of Jurassic Garden at A&A Cycads.  

Maurice will discuss the great diversity of Cycads including many threatened and unusual species.
Many specimens will be on display.

April  16, 2007  The New Impatiens
 Presented by Derik Pitman noted authority on the genus Impatiens and the new and exciting species that are emerging from the Old World. 

With cool summers and warm winters Impatiens are perfect plants for Bay Area gardens.  Derik Pitman will be showing slides of some of the nearly 170 species from his collection.   He works with the San Francisco Botanical Gardens and is introducing many new species of Impatiens in cultivation.  He is Founder of the International Impatiens Society and has created the educational website  He has also authored several articles on Impatiens for Pacific Horticulture as well as given lectures on his passion.
May  21, 2007


PRESENTED BY Inge Hoffmann, Internationally recognized horticulturist.

RECIPIENT OF THE 2007 AWARD for her contributions to the knowledge, discovery and introduction of palms. She has been a hub for palms and succulents not only in the Bay Area but also worldwide.  Through her seed distribution business, she has contributed  to the cultivation of hundreds of new palm species, and the discovery of many. Inge has also authored many articles for various cactus and succulent journals.



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 18th.  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.  The Society will provide ham and turkey.


June 18, 2007

A Pattern Garden: The Essential Elements of Garden-Making

Presented by Valerie Easton

Valerie Easton, Seattle Times garden columnist, will speak about her new book from Timber Press, published in February. Patterns are the basic language of design, and can be used to make gardens warm and inviting. They're the difference between why some gardens enchant, and others only impress. If you can't recognize and name what it is you love about a certain atmosphere and place, it's impossible to reproduce it in your own home and garden. Valerie will explore the 14 essential design elements including enclosure, exposure, destination, focal points, water and scale that help gardeners design individual and compelling outdoor spaces.

July 16, 2007 

 Rooftop Landscaping

Presented by Glen Patterson, noted horticulturist and landscape designer of Vancouver, British Columbia.  He will share the art of roof  gardening  with the inclusion of many unusual and quite exotic trees, shrubs, perennials and rock garden plants.  Included will be: the advantages of roof top gardening: pathways, ponds for fish and rocks for the joy of including a rock gardening hobby.

August 20,  2007

Helleborus – [Christmas or Lenten Rose] Presented by Charles Price, noted hybridizer  of  Hellebores. Breeding Hellebore X hybridus for the landscape. Aiming for showy color in the winter landscape, not just a pretty flower for close-up viewing. Co-owner of  Withey Price Landscape and Design, Seattle, Washington.

September  17, 2007

Native Treasures: Gardening with the Plants of California

Presented by Nevin Smith,  noted  horticulturist and Horticultural Director of Suncrest Nursery, Watsonville.  Our speaker takes a very personal approach to individual plants and their specific features.  His abundant talents as a plant explorer and selector, propagator, nurseryman, author and photographer are reflected in his new book Native Treasures, Gardening with the Plants of California.


October 15, 2007 

Gardening in the Bay Area with Bromeliads

Dan Arcos and David Feix members of the Bromeliad Society of San Francisco and noted growers have agreed to give a joint presentation on this fascinating group of plants.

November 19, 2007

Treasures of the Andes  -  Bulbs of South America

Presented by Diana Chapman, bulb specialist and grower.  Telos Rare Bulbs

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