Since 1933 . . .

Since 1933 . . .

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


Coming Events

July Meeting

Iris of the Caucasus and Eastern Mediterranean

Monday, July 15, 2019 • 7 p.m.
SF County Fair Bldg – 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco

with Carol Wilson, Ph.D. Associate Researcher, University & Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley

The Caucasus and eastern Mediterranean Basin are rich in Iris, especially from subgenera Iris (bearded), Hermodactyloides (reticulatas), and Scorpiris (junos). Many Iris from this region are not in the horticulture trade but are likely to perform well in rock gardens or be of interest to those that appre­ciate a challenge. Carol Wilson has studied the molecular evolution and morphology of Iris for about 30 years and will present a talk on some of the species from Georgia, Turkey, and Syria.

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August Meeting

The Untapped Treasure Trove of UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Monday, August 19, 2019 • 7 p.m.
SF County Fair Bldg – 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco

with Martin Grantham

For the past year, Martin Grantham has been working at UCSC Arboretum as Nursery Manager, renewing the South African and Australian collections, learning a lot, including the odd pollination biology in Lachenaultia, hybridization and seed production in Leucospermum, and the rooting and growing requirements across all the collections. He will share some of the lessons learned, and a goodly number of impressive plants that light up this public garden over a calendar year.

Recently holding a position at San Francisco State and with many years at the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden, Martin has extensive training in botany that has informed his practice of experimental and ornamental horticulture. He is a total plant nerd with expertise in hard-to-propagate plants.

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