Our monthly meetings are a forum for sharing knowledge and experience in all aspects of gardening and horticulture. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at Friendship Auditorium near Griffith Park (unless noted). We enthusiastically welcome new members, so please drop by.

Our regular monthly meetings are free to SCHS members and $5 for non-members. Children under 18 and students with school ID are free. Ample parking is available.

Next Meeting:
Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:00pm

Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027
Click here for a map to Friendship Auditorium.

Speaking to us in March will be Barbara Eisenstein, a research associate and former horticultural outreach coordinator at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California, as well as a South Pasadena resident and gardener.  She is the horticultural chair of the San Gabriel Mountains chapter of the California Native Plant Society, and founder and head of Friends of South Pasadena Nature Park, and author of the recently published book: Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants.

Barbara will reference the book as she guides us through the process of  transforming a traditional, high water-use yard into a peaceful habitat garden abounding with native plants.  Because there are so many variables in gardening, answers to even simple questions about establishing a native plant garden are rife with caveats and exceptions. Wild Suburbia describes some of these variables so that gardeners will be better able to select the best practices for their own specific garden conditions.

Attendees will be encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences on horticultural practices that worked, and those that did not. For example, how do you water your native plants? What is the best way to get rid of a lawn of weedy Bermuda grass? What were some of your most surprising successes and failures?

Her presentation will conclude with a discussion of how we, as horticultural enthusiasts and professionals, might improve the dissemination of accurate information on sustainable gardening with California native plants.

Following the talk, Barbara will be available to sign copies of her book, which can be purchased at the meeting.   Please join us!

Upcoming SCHS Meetings:

* March 9 - Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants

* April 13 - Scott Kleinrock will speak on the new California Garden at the Huntington Botanical Gardens **This meeting will be held at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino**

* May 11 -
Rebecca Latta, horticultural consultant, will speak about TLC for your trees

Upcoming SCHS Events:

Sunday, May 7: Garden tour of the Woollcott home in Hollywood Hills. Details and registration coming soon!

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