Since 1933…

Since 1933…

…we’ve been dedicated to bringing together gardeners and 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.


Gardens of the Coast of Chile

with Cristóbal Elgueta (rescheduled from May)
Monday, September 20, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. online 

Cristóbal Elgueta is a forestry engineer and has worked as a landscaper for more than twenty years, inspired by the dynamics and ecology of the plant communities of central Chile, where color, texture, and wildlife accompany a rugged and imposing landscape. His current goal of work and research is that the garden connects whoever lives it with the richness and extraordinary dynamism of nature.


L: Ken Blackford R: Boophone disticha blooms

South Africn Amaryllid Geophytes for California

with Ken Blackford
Monday, October 18, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. online 

A long-time hobbyist gardener with a special interest in cacti, succulents and other xeric plants, Ken was an active member of both the San Francisco and Oakland Cacti & Succulent Societies, volunteering as a docent at the Ruth Bancroft Garden under Richard Turner’s directorship. He was already growing Amaryllis belladonna (Naked Ladies) when Ruth herself, and another docent, Wayne Roderick, helped expand his interests in other South African geophytes in the Amaryllidaceae.

When Ken moved to San Diego he incorporated this group of bulbs into his garden there. He has done experimental hybridizing, including some intergeneric hybrids between some of the closely related Amaryllids. He plans to talk about Amaryllis, Boophone, Brunsvigia, Cyrtanthus, and perhaps a few others, and will discuss their potential for landscape and/or pot use in California. 

Supporting Each Other

Plants do not recognize race, economic condition, or social class. Plants can take root in any spot where they can find 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. Share photos and web 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.