Following are a selection of links that we hope will be of interest to our members. (Please report any broken links to our webmaster).
Pacific Horticulture magazine is a non-profit publication, written by and for gardeners in the west and in related climates around the world. Produced quarterly (January, April, July, October), it is available as a direct subscription or as a benefit of various California and Pacific Northwest horticultural societies.
The California Horticultural Society is an educational, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together gardeners and garden professionals to share experiences. Meets the third Monday of every month (except December) at 7:15 p.m., at The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum.
NHS provides inspiration and education to the northwest gardening community through an ongoing series of lectures, symposiums, workshops and classes.
The San Diego Horticultural Society promotes the enjoyment, art, knowledge and public awareness of horticulture in the San Diego area, while providing the opportunity for education and research. Meetings are on the second Monday of every month (except June), from 6:30pm – 9:00pm at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Theodore Payne is perhaps the one individual most responsible for introducing California native plants to the horticultural trade. A foundation in his name lives on in Sun Valley, CA, selling plants and seeds as well as dispensing invaluable information in their many classes and workshops.
Founded in 1963, the Western Horticultural Society is made up of horticulturists, botanists, landscape designers and architects, nursery people, students and avid gardeners. The monthly programs are designed to appeal to the dedicated plant lover. Meets the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July and August) at 7:30 pm, in Los Altos.
Botanic & Public Gardens
Descanso Gardens is a 160-acre botanic museum and woodland retreat amid California chaparral and Los Angeles urban sprawl. Twenty acres of oaks shade the largest camellia collection in North America. Savor the perfume of historic and modern roses; relax by koi-filled streams near the Teahouse at the Japanese Garden; admire blooming spring bulbs, lilacs and flowering trees; hike among native plants; marvel at colorful seasonal displays; enjoy concerts under the oaks and art at the historic Boddy House. Located near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways in La Canada-Flintridge.
From their main web site, you can visit the Library, Art, and Botanical Gardens. Henry Huntington began developing the Botanical Gardens in 1903; now they span nearly 150 acres. Approximately 15,000 kinds of plants from all over the world make up the botanical collections, many landscaped into a series of theme gardens, including a Children’s Garden. The new Conservatory for Botanical Science opened in October 2005.
Located in Arcadia, the Arboretum is a 127-acre botanical garden and historical site jointly operated by the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information, call (626) 821-3222.
Built in Long Beach in 1844, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is a public museum open for tours, programs and events. The gardens may be toured throughout the year during public hours or by scheduling a special garden tour. Products from their bounty, including jams and seeds, are available through the Museum Gift Shop.
Located on 86 acres in Claremont, California, just south of the San Gabriel foothills, the Garden is home to 70,000 native Californian plants, representing 2,000 native species, hybrids and cultivars.
A 78-acre garden (with over 5 miles of trails) dedicated to research, education and conservation, and display of California native plants. SBBG includes an online store offering hard-to-find books, publications and gifts relating to the native California landscape.
The San Francisco Botanical Garden aims to create, sustain, and interpret a distinct, documented collection of mediterranean, mild temperate and tropical cloud-forest plants displayed in designed gardens and habitats, and to provide a place of exceptional beauty and natural sanctuary. The San Francisco Botanical Garden (at Strybing Arboretum) is open daily, 365 days a year, and is free to the public.
Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on 87 acres, the South Coast Botanic Garden has over 150,000 beautifully landscaped plants and trees from all over the world, but it is particularly rich in plants from Australia and South Africa.
Nestled in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains on the east side of the University of California, Riverside Campus, the Gardens covers 40 hilly acres with four miles of scenic trails; includes more than 3,500 plant species from around the world.