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


Next Meeting:

Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 7:30pm


What’s New in Renee’s Garden?

Guest Presenter:

Renee Shepherd

Our guest speaker, Renee Shepherd, will give us a preview of hot items from seed breeders and growers all over the world; new and delicious vegetables, savory & sweet herbs and wonderful bouquet flowers. The talk will include interesting heirloom perennials that bloom their first year from seed; the best annuals from seed including new colors and combinations of sweet peas and zinnias; vegetables you may not have thought of growing from seed; and gourmet picks for the cook’s garden.

More info on our Meetings page...

Upcoming SCHS Events:

Saturday, May 10m 2014 –  Bird Walk at LA Arboretum with Eric and Ann Brooks
Details coming soon!

Sunday, June 8 – Coffee In The Garden
This event will feature the gardens of Judy Springer and Gail Cottman. More details to follow soon!

Upcoming 2014 SCHS Meetings:

May 8 – SCHS members Eric and Ann Brooks presents Gardening is for the Birds

June 12 – Hartmut Wisch will speak on Native Bees

July 10 – Ron Rassmussen will speak on the El Moro Elfin Forest in Los Osos.

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: