Since 1933…

Since 1933…

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

Next Monthly Meeting


Digital Meeting via Zoom

Orchid photos used by permission of Ron Parsons

Spring Orchids of Mallorca

with Ron Parsons
Monday, July 20, 7 p.m. online via Zoom
SF County Fair Bldg – 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco

With public gatherings still out of the question, we are going digital. Please join us this month on our regular meeting day and time from the comfort of your home using the computer application Zoom on your desktop computer, tablet or smartphone (more about this below). We are hosting Ron Parsons, highly acclaimed photographer and orchid enthusiast, as he takes us on a virtual visit of Mallorca, Spain.

Ron has been growing orchids for more than 40 years, and has been interested in species orchids for most of that time. He loves to photograph orchids and most other flowers whenever he can, whether on trips to see them in nature or in collections. Indeed, he has more than 80,000 digital images, most of which are of orchids, and he still retains a slide library of more than 100,000 botanical images, of which some 4000 photos that have been published in magazines, periodicals, journals, and books. He loves to travel to see orchids in the wild, and does so as often as possible.

Members will receive more information about joining the meeting using Zoom. If you have any more questions about downloading, installing or using Zoom, you can contact Council Member Ellen Frank .


Supporting Each Other

The California Horticultural Society supports the struggle for justice and equality.


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. 


Upcoming Events

In accordance with current restrictions on gatherings, we have cancelled all previously scheduled public Cal Hort meetings and events.

We will post updates about any planned activities, to be held online or in person,  on  this site and our Facebook page.

In the meantime we invite you to join us on Facebook at Friends Who Like California Horticultural Society  to share ideas, ask questions, offer answers, and share resources. And above all we wan 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.

In Memoriam

Ted Kipping 1945-2019

Read a tribute by Cal Hort President Bart O’Brien

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