Annual Award Banquet

Each year we select an outstanding individual to honor as Horticulturist of the Year (HOTY), and hold an Award Banquet in his/her honor. Our big social event of the year is set in one of our local botanical gardens, so guests can enjoy a lovely summer evening surrounded by plants and friends. The HOTY banquet also includes our annual Silent Auction, where guests have the chance to bid on hand-picked horticultural treasures gathered throughout the year.

2016 Horticulturist of the Year

Carol Bornstein


The 2016 banquet will be held on Thursday, September 8
at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
(here is a link for directions to the Arboretum)

Join us at 6:00pm Social Hour and Silent Auction.
Dinner and presentation begin at 7:00pm. Banquet tickets are $45.00

For more information and registration, see our Events page. To register with a check by mail, you can download this flyer: 2016 HOTY flyer.pdf


The Southern California Horticultural Society is recognizing Carol Bornstein with the 2016 Horticulturist of the Year award. Her work as a writer and co-author of the award-winning California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining the California Lawn: Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs, has helped shape the future of responsible gardening across California and beyond. Her extensive knowledge of climate-appropriate and California native plants, combined with sound design strategies, is at the heart of her work educating the public in sustainable landscape design.

Currently, Carol is responsible for the daily operations of the 3.5-acre Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, as well as the oversight of the museum’s Citizen Science and Live Animal programs. These gardens were designed to create habitat for urban wildlife, allow visitors to experience nature in an urban setting, assist museum scientists in documenting biodiversity in the Los Angeles Basin, train citizen scientists, and present a model of sustainable landscaping.

For many years, Carol was a strong directing hand at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a 78-acre garden devoted to the study, display and conservation of California’s native flora. She designed and developed award-winning display areas like the Home Demonstration Garden, Dudleya Exhibit (a North American Plant Collections Consortium collection), and the Japanese Tea House Garden composed of California native plants. She was also responsible for transforming the garden’s famous Meadow Display into a representational exhibit of native grassland communities.

As a horticulturist, Carol has introduced many popular selections of California native plants into the nursery trade. Among her favorites are Catalina Silverlace, Constancea (formerly Eriophyllum) nevinii ‘Canyon Silver’; Wooly Aster, Corethrogyne (formerly Lessingia) filaginifolia ‘Silver Carpet’; and Manzanita, Arctostaphylos ‘Arroyo Cascade’. Through her efforts, these plants and other introductions uniquely suited to California gardens are widely available to designers and home gardeners alike.

We are pleased to honor Carol Bornstein with this year’s award, and invite you to join us in celebrating her many distinguished achievements in the field of horticulture.

For questions about this event, please contact Steven Gerischer at 323-257-3629

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