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.


L: Ken Blackford R: Boophone disticha blooms

South African Amaryllid Geophytes for California

with Ken Blackford
Monday, October 18, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. online 

A long-time hobbyist gardener with a special interest in cacti, succulents and other xeric plants, Ken was an active member of both the San Francisco and Oakland Cacti & Succulent Societies, volunteering as a docent at the Ruth Bancroft Garden under Richard Turner’s directorship. He was already growing Amaryllis belladonna (Naked Ladies) when Ruth herself, and another docent, Wayne Roderick, helped expand his interests in other South African geophytes in the Amaryllidaceae.

When Ken moved to San Diego he incorporated this group of bulbs into his garden there. He has done experimental hybridizing, including some intergeneric hybrids between some of the closely related Amaryllids. He plans to talk about Amaryllis, Boophone, Brunsvigia, Cyrtanthus, and perhaps a few others, and will discuss their potential for landscape and/or pot use in California. 


Cal Hort Plant and Book Sale

In-person and in place of our normal November meeting
Sunday, November 14 • 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

San Francisco County Fair Building, Ninth Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco

This special in-person plant and book sale will feature plants that have been specially grown for this sale including many species not normally or readily available as well as plants propagated from Ted Kipping’s garden.

The books are from Ted Kipping’s extensive library and we will be offering them at very reasonable prices to make them available to all. The topics include nature, gardening, travel and botany. Many of these were not part of the first sale in February 2020.

We’ll need volunteers to help set up, sell and clean up on the day of the sale and transport plants if needed and we’ve got a nice gift for you if you can help us out.

See the October Bulletin for more details.


End-of-the-Year Party! (on-line)

Monday, December 6 • 6:30 p.m.

All Cal Hort and Western Hort members invited!

  • Join all our Cal Hort and Western Hort friends for a relaxing fun evening to celebrate this past year and welcome in 2022. 
  • Fun games, a little competition, prizes and of course we will “share” virtually what ever appetizers, cocktails or deserts we are each enjoying during the on-line party.
  • The Plant Forum will turn into a sharing fest of sorts. What is your favorite plant of all times? Your best garden memory, favorite tool, favorite garden? What was special in your garden in 2021—first time for a plant to bloom? started a new section? started collecting a particular plant? Reflect and think about what you would like to celebrate or share!

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.