Passionate about plants, the places they grow and the people who grow them.

Passionate about plants, the places they grow and the people who grow them.

California Horticultural Society has been dedicated to bringing together gardeners and garden professionals, through meetings and other events, to share their experiences since 1933.

February Meeting

The Heat Dome of the Northwest and
How Native Species Coped with
the Adverse Climate Effect

with Paul Bonine, Xera Nursery, Portland, OR


February 20, 2023 – 6:30 pm
Live On-line via Zoom (members will receive link by email)

Continuing our look at the effects of changing climate on our gardens we’ve invited Paul Bonine to discuss the heat dome over the Northwest in June of 2021 and how it has affected the plant world. Paul has done a lot of studies of the immediate effects and the effects over time of these events and will talk to us about how to deal with them in the moment and how to adapt our landscapes for the future.

Paul Bonine is a garden writer, lecturer, and co-owner of the wholesale and retail specialty plant nursery Xera Plants, in Portland, Oregon. A lifelong plantsman, Bonine has worked in the nursery industry for nearly twenty years and has consulted for NPR, the Sunset Western Garden Book, and The Oregonian.

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 colors, textures and, and to share 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 all help shape the future for good.