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.


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.


Additions to California Native Plants for the Garden

with Carol Bornstein and Bart O’Brien
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Members will receive log-in details by email

From its publication in 2005, California Native Plants for the Garden has been a horticultural best seller and is now in its 10th printing. From the beginning, the authors of the book (including David Fross) have always wanted to add to the over 525 plants covered in that book. This talk will cover some of their favorite native plants that didn’t make the book’s final cut.

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.