Since 1933…

Since 1933…

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

Annual Seed Exchange with a bonus!

We are accepting seeds until the end of November for the  Annual Seed Exchange! This year a generous donor is donating some seeds of limited viability. Requests must be received no later than Tuesday, November 24. Get all the details on our Annual Seed Exchange page.


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.


November Speaker –  Special Date and Time

Adventures and Life of the Plant Messiah

with Carlos Magdalena
Saturday, November 21, 10  a.m. online via Zoom
Members will receive log in details by email

Carlos Magdalena is the Scientific and Botanical Research Horticulturist at Royal Botanic Gardens, at Kew, as well as the author of the critically acclaimed The Plant Messiah, a nickname he got for his ability to bring plants back from the brink of extinction through innovative propagation methods. He will recount his work at the glasshouses, the role of those collections, the plants he works with, and the places he’s visited for several projects. Through all this Carlos has one aim: I want people to know how much we need plants. I want people to be enthusiastic about saving plants from extinction.


Science, Cultivation, and Conservation: the Function of Collectors in the Conservation of Flora

with Nathan Gazineu, Landscape Designer and Compulsive Collector
Monday, January 18, 2021, 6:30 p.m online via Zoom
Members will receive log in details by email

Beginning to collect orchids at the age of five, by age seven Nathan was on TV explaining how to take care of them! At seventeen, he received a collection created in 1979, 700 bromeliads from an important botanist of Rio de Janeiro, Ivo de Azevedo Penna, who had collected many for science for the first time. Now Nathan is all of 26, with a botanical collection of 1700 plants with data, mostly Bromeliads but also Orchids, Aroids, Cacti, Gesneriads, Amaryllids, and the genera Peperomia and Neomarica. Several of these plants in the collection are no longer found in nature, so it is important to maintain it as a way to enable study of the genetics of these plants and therefore their conservation.

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. 

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  1. Can you recommend a horticulturalist, botanist or other specialist who can visit my garden to analyze a couple of plants that have suddenly become ill? These are older plants, easily over 60 years old but always healthy – a rose bush whose buds are shriveling into black lumps and an apple tree – same side of the garden – whose leaves are suddenly turning yellow en masse? I truly appreciate any leads in this.


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