Since 1933…

Since 1933…

…we’ve been dedicated to bringing together gardeners & garden professionals, through meetings and other events, to share their experiences.


With public gatherings still out of the question, we’ve gone digital. Please join us from the comfort of your home using the computer application Zoom on your desktop computer, tablet or smartphone. Cal Hort Members will automatically receive meeting invitations by email. If you would like to become a member visit our membership page for more information and check out our article on how to join the meetings using Zoom. If you have any more questions about using Zoom, you can contact Council Member Ellen Frank.

We also invite you to join us at Friends Who Like California Horticultural Society to share ideas, ask questions, offer answers, and share resources. And above all we want to see your photos—of common everyday plants or rare specimens, flowers, foliage, whole beds, scary or beneficial insects, signs of plant disease, whatever you have.


The 2019 San Diego Superbloom

with Jim Bishop
Monday, March 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Members will receive log-in details by email

In 2019 Southern California experienced a wildflower superbloom and it was much more than just California poppies. Jim Bishop and his partner Scott set out to view as much of it as possible between January and July, spanning 25 sites from the deserts, mountains, inland valleys to the coast.

Though Jim Bishop spent 28 years in the software industry, “…my first love has always been been plants, gardening, and gardening design”. He finally “found his people” when he attended the very first meeting of the San Diego Horticultural Society (SDHS) in 1994. Jim went on to served on the SDHS board for two years before assuming the Presidency. He held that position from 2012-2018. In 2019 Jim was named the SDHS Horticulturist of the year. His blog, My Life with Plants, documents some of his travels and past gardening experiences.

Supporting Each Other

Plants do not recognize race, economic condition, or social class. Plants can take root in any spot where they can find a sufficient sunlight and moisture. Appreciating and nurturing plants can reduce stress, provide food, and promote community.

Nurturing plants can be for everyone, everywhere.  Spending time around plants—gardening, spending time in a park, hiking through trees, or playing in a meadow—is good for mental health, promoting relaxation and relief from stress and worries. There are physical benefits to sunlight, fresh air, soothing scents. 

Whether you have a full garden, some house plants, or a few herbs on your windowsill, we encourage you to take time to appreciate the surroundings, smells, and textures, along with sharing your interest with others. Send photos and website links, offer horticultural help and advice, talk to young people about gardening, growing food, and the role plants play in our world. We can help shape the future for good.