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


Next Meeting:

The El Moro Elfin Forest in Los OsosThursday, July 10, 2014, at 7:30pm


The El Moro Elfin Forest in Los Osos

Guest Presenter:

Ron Rasmussen

Dr. Rasmussen is currently the President and Chair of the Los Osos/Morro Bay Chapter of Small Wilderness Area Preservation, Inc., which is in charge of preserving the Los Osos Elfin Forest. His talk will cover the history of the forest, the success of the restoration efforts (rescue from Human and Non-Native Plant invasions), and information on the unique native plants and animals that live there.

More info on our Meetings page...

Upcoming SCHS Events:

None scheduled.

Upcoming SCHS Meetings:
  • August 14Lucy Tolmach will speak on restoring a fruit tree orchard. *This meeting will be held at the LA Zoo *
  • SATURDAY, September 13Don Hodel will be honored as Horticulturist of the Year at our Annual Award Banquet. * To be held at the LA Arboretum *
  • October 9 – Bulb Geophyte Panel Discussion – Guests TBA
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: