Past 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 San Francisco Botanical Gardens at Strybing Arboretum at 4:00 in front of the Botanical Garden bookstore (9th Avenue & Lincoln Way). If you're not a member, there is a Guest Fee of $5.


January 18, 2010 

The Rhododendron Species Foundation: an up and coming garden and world class collection shown from the perspective of a plant hunter. by Steve Hootman

Steve Hootman is the Co-Executive Director & Curator of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, Washington. He has participated in or led over a dozen expeditions into remote regions of Asia
looking for rare and new taxa of rhododendrons and other plants, and is considered one of the world’s authorities on the genus.

He is also an active collector, authority and promoter of related members of the Ericaceae family including genera such as Vaccinium, Agapetes and Gaultheria. Steve is currently working on his Ph.D. in Botanical Systematics at the University of Washington.
February 15, 2010 

 Public Japanese Gardens in Northern California - by David Newcomer

For over 35 years, David Newcomer has visited more than 300 public Japanese gardens in the United States, Canada and Europe as well as in Japan. In addition, he has completed research on more than 100 Japanese gardens that no longer exist, recovering old photographs, documenting their history and reconstructing maps of the gardens. These sites include Japanese gardens at the major international fairs since 1876.

He will be discussing his first book that features the Gardens of Northern California.

March 15, 2010 

"Fungus Among Us - Observing, Collecting, Growing, and Using Mushrooms for Health, Wealth, and Happiness."  by Ken Litchfield.

Ken LitchfieldKen Litchfield began his professional career as a naturalist in the early '70s at Texas State University where he taught in the biology and art departments, illustrated scientific papers, theses, textbooks, etc., and worked as a botanist on environmental impact studies. He has since illustrated, written, taught, and worked in the fields of art, science, and health. Currently he is the Cultivation Chair of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, teaches "Mushroom Cultivation", "Growing and Using Healthful Herbs", and "Beneficial Beasts in the Garden" in the Landscape Horticulture Department at Merritt Community College in Oakland, and consults variously.

Note:  Ken says with the rains, this is a bumper year for mushrooms of all kinds. He'll be happy to identify yours if you will bring it in to Monday's meeting..

April  19, 2010
“From Trash to Treasure: One Man’s Garbage Is Another Man’s Art.”
by Mary Te Selle

Mary Te Selle is the award-winning garden designer of Quite Contrary Garden Designs. Her work has been featured as a Golden Trowel winner in Garden Design Magazine and she frequently exhibits in the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Her ever-developing growing garden, lectures on a variety of garden topics and busy design practice help feed her passion for design and the interplay of organic and man-made materials in the garden.

Annual meeting and Potluck- Martin Grantham, Speaker

June 21,
July 19
July 2010 program
August 16,


September   Arlie Middlebrook on "Edible California Natives"
October  Tom Ballinger on “Plant Hunting in Borneo”

"to be announced"



Previous Programs

Programs from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011