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.


UAbove: Fritillaria gibbosa (Կնճիթաթերթիկսապատավոր) native to Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Transcaucasia. Photo by Tamar Galstyan.

Armenia: Nature and Climate

with Tamar Galstyan
Monday, July 19, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

The flora of Armenia has diversity and richness from its geography. At a crossroad of two major ecosystems, Caucasian and Irano-Turanian, there are many species of value which can be grown readily here in California, as well as endemics of interest.for botanical tourism.

Tamar Galstyan graduated from the University of Fine Arts and Theater, the department of Theory and History of Drama. But her second education, studying ecology, brought her closer to what she really loves, plants and the protection of nature, as well as what makes a plant rare. Living in a compact area covered with many mountains and gorges, she has been able to travel the length and breadth of Armenia and has learned its flora. For a decade, she has also guided botanical trips in Armenia, Georgia, and Iran.

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.