Welcome to the Southern California Horticultural Society, where passionate gardeners meet to share ideas and learn from each other.


Each year we select an outstanding individual to honor as Horticulturist of the Year, and an Award Banquet is held in their honor.

2014 Annual Award Banquet

Horticulturist of the Year 2014

Donald R. Hodel

Saturday, September 13, 2014
6:00 p.m. Social Hour;  7:00 p.m. Dinner and Presentation

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Don will lead a palm tour before the social hour—tour begins at 5:15 from the Peacock Café. Join us at 6pm for social hour and silent auction. Dinner and presentation begin at 7pm.

Southern California Horticultural Society is recognizing Donald R. Hodel with the 2014 Horticulturist of the Year award. His work has made a significant impact on both residential and commercial landscape horticulture in Southern California.

Dinner reservations must be made before Monday, September 8.

More info on our Awards Banquet page...

Upcoming SCHS Meetings:
  • SATURDAY, September 13Don Hodel will be honored as Horticulturist of the Year at our Annual Award Banquet. * To be held at the LA Arboretum * More Information on our Awards Banquet page.
  • October 9 – Matt Ritter of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will discuss California’s natural history
  • November 13 – Bulb/Geophyte Panel Discussion – Guests TBA
  • December 11 – Holiday Fun & Cookies!
About SCHS

Each month we invite speakers to present a talk or program about their area of expertise. SCHS Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, and usually include a digital or film slide presentation accompanied by handouts. Speakers are happy to answer questions from the audience. We also have an Plant Raffle at each meeting with plants provided by nurseries, botanic gardens or private collectors. Admission is free for members and children and $5 for non-members.

The Plant Forum table is fun! Members are encouraged to bring cuttings or plants from their gardens to display. Contributors receive a free raffle ticket. Later in the evening a local expert will lead a brief discussion about the plants. What an interesting way to learn!

SCHS Publications can be purchased at the monthly meetings. Plants, used and new books and magazines are also often for sale at the meetings.

The new SCHS Member Lodge is our interactive companion website where members can renew their membership, search the membership directory, and share information with fellow members.

Join us today and receive our SCHS Newsletter and Green Sheets (highlights from the monthly Plant Forum) plus the award-winning Pacific Horticulture, the magazine for West Coast gardeners (a $28 value). Many professional botanists, nurserymen & women, landscape architects & designers, students and consultants are also members. Our members grow an astounding array of plants in and around the LA Basin such as annuals, perennials, cacti and succulents, orchids, native plants and more. We also arrange members-only tours of private gardens and other garden related outings.

Intern Presentations

The 2011 presentations from Hallie Schmidt and David Latimer are now posted on our Intern Presentations page as PDFs. It is a pleasure to see how the SCHS can help young, energetic people learn valuable lessons in the world of horticulture.

A Sampling of Past Programs

Our monthly programs feature local and out-of-area world-renowned speakers and gardening experts: