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.


November 21

"From Sculpting Stone to Landscapes"
by Peter Hanson
presenterA fascination with form and beauty led Peter on a journey from
carving stone into sculptures, fountains and furniture, to designing the garden spaces they inhabit. This evolved into an awareness of the potential for a garden space to be experienced as a sculpture “in itself,” not merely as a visual object, but as a space to live in and
move through. Garden elements such as plants, walls, paths and trellises can transcend their functional roles to become sculptural forms that participate in the over arching sculptural gestures of the space. In this way, garden design is elevated to the level of “art” while remaining grounded in the needs and aspirations of outdoor living.

October “Around the World in 80 Oaks”
by Emily Griswold, Asst. Director of Horticulture, UC Davis Arboretum
Oct11.jpg.... oakJust in time for acorn season, fall is the perfect time to celebrate the wide world of oaks.  With around 500 species growing in habitats across the northern hemisphere, oaks have much to offer northern California gardeners.  Emily Griswold, Assistant Director of Horticulture at the UC Davis Arboretum, manages Shields Oak Grove, the largest collection of mature oaks in the southwestern U.S.  She will share stories about her work to improve the grove and her travels to Mexico, Texas, and other locales to see oaks in their native habitats.  She will also bring a broad variety of acorns to the meeting to share with fellow oak enthusiasts.

September Plants for Winter Bloom
by Annie Hayes and David Feix
A wealth of bloom during the winter months? Yes! Here in the Bay Area it’s easy to achieve. Annie Hayes (Annie’s Annuals & Perennials) and garden designer David Feix will showcase some of their favorite cool season Mediterranean basin, South African, and cloud forest plants. Lots of exciting ideas for jazzing up your winter garden.

August Food Forest to Urban Ecosystem Agriculture
by Scott Kleinrock
From food forests to urban ecosystem agriculture, this is an introduction to gardening like a force of nature. In this talk, Scott Kleinrock, Ranch Manager at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and
Botanical Gardens, will share theory, images, and stories of his explorations of edible gardens constructed on principles of resilient ecosystems at the Huntington Ranch. Included will be plenty
of tips on how to establish these gardens systems at home in everything from designed edible landscapes to wild orchards.

July Erica in South Africa (An Evolutionary Explosion)
by Martin Grantham
Erica is by far the largest genus in the South African flora showing a degree of geographic concentration unmatched by any other plant group anywhere in the world. Estimates of species number range from 650 to over 800. The stupendous diversity of Erica in South Africa boggles the minds of botanists and overwhelms horticulturists, yet Erica is easily propagated and more adaptable to California soils than many other South African plant groups. Although flowers are small, they’re produced in profusion and come in every hue . . . but blue. Join Martin Grantham in taking a look at a range of Erica species in the wild and in cultivation.

June Some Rhododendron Species for the Rest of the Year
with Ted Kipping
There are over 900 species of Rhododendrons and many thousands of hybrids. Nearly all of them are stunning in flower but too often drab when not. However, there are scores of species and also many fine hybrids which offer visual interest for the rest of the year. The Bay Area is an exceptionally good area for growing these wonders. Join fellow plant devotee and compulsive photographer, Ted Kipping, in a celebratory perusal of so many of these treasures for our area.

May Annual Dinner and Awards.... (starts at 6:30... no walk for this meeting)
Randy Baldwin Honors Plants and People...
In 1972, Randy Baldwin’s Eagle Scout project was building foot paths at the Theodore Payne Foundation. Founded and incorporated in 1960, the Theodore Payne Foundation promotes the understanding and preservation of California native flora. Those paths led him down the road to a career as co-owner and manager of San Marcos Growers. He has been fortunate to establish friendships with many knowledgeable horticulturists, who in turn, introduced him to countless wonderful plants. Randy’s talk will honor the people and the plants that have influenced him.
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April Mesembryanthemaceae, Aizoaceae, and Other Swear Words in the Ice Plant Family
by Russell Wagner
Russell Wagner, former editor of Cactus and Succulent Journal and book publisher of his own Little Sphaeroid Press, grows a wide variety of succulent plants in his Oakland greenhouse. Russell spent 15 weeks in South Africa, the heart of Mesemb country, last year, exploring both summer and winter-rainfall regions. His talk will show plants in habitat and grown in cultivation.

March Chile—from Desert to Forest
by Kathy Musial

The long, narrow country of Chile holds habitats ranging from the Atacama Desert in the north—to temperate rainforest in the south—to alpine in the Andes along the country’s eastern edge. Kathy Musial is Curator of Living Collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens where she has worked for 28 years. She just returned from a visit to Chile in September 2010 and will be telling us about this journey.

February Unusual Citrus for the Garden by Luen Miller, Monterey Bay Nursery

January The Ethno Botany of California Native Plants by John Kipping

Previous Programs

Programs from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011