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where passionate gardeners meet to share ideas
and learn from each other

On the second Thursday of each month, we invite speakers to present a talk or program about their area of expertise. We are once again offering in-person meetings as well as live-streaming on Zoom (with registration).

Meetings may also include Plant Sales, a Raffle and expert discussion of plants brought in to the Plant Forum. Do you have an interesting plant to share? If you can't bring one in person, send in a photo and requested information on our Plant Forum Page.

For more information about the Society, please see our About SCHS page.

Next Meeting: 


Thursday, June 8th, 2023

June schs program

Presented by:

Jeff Chemnick

Owner of Aloes in Wonderland Nursery on


                                                                                                                 Photos provided by speakers


On June 8, the Southern California Horticultural Society welcomes back Jeff Chemnick, owner and operator of Aloes in Wonderland, a specialty nursery in Santa Barbara.  His presentation will describe the work that he and a team of prominent botanists have been doing to produce a field guide for the more commonly encountered and remarkable plants of the state of Oaxaca in Mexico.  For many years, Chemnick has led botanical and ornithological ecotours throughout Mexico with a focus on Oaxaca, sparking his desire to create a field guide of its plants that he believes is “much-needed.”  

In addition to operating Aloes in Wonderland, Chemnick is a research associate at Ganna WalskaLotusland and an authority on Mexican cycads, having published numerous articles and described several species new to science.  Besides working on the Oaxaca field guide, he is currently coauthoring a book on the cycads of Mexico and is also on the IUCN’s Cycad Specialist Group, which determines the status of endangered species.

As a former president of the Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society, Chemnick has been involved for years with the city’s botanical/horticultural community and has given numerous presentations on his worldwide  botanical travels. This evening’s program will give us a snapshot of the in-progress Oaxaca field guide, along with photos of some of the plants that will be included therein as a “teaser” ahead of publication. He is pictured here in the Cañada de Cuicatlán next to a Fouquieria purpusii

Please join us to hear this enthusiastic and entertaining speaker – either in-person or online.  You can drop by or register to attend via Zoom at:  See you there! 

All photos supplied by speaker.

MEETING:  IN-PERSON & ONLINE - This meeting will be in-person at Friendship Auditorium and live-streamed for our YouTube channel. Thursday, June 8, 2023    

Announcements:    7:10 p.m.    /     Plant Forum:   7:15 p.m.    /     Program:   7:30 p.m.



NOTE:    This program will be in-person and live-streamed for YouTube. For the safety of our guests (and in keeping with L.A. County Health Dept. guidelines) we strongly recommend that masks be worn indoors and that vaccine boosters are current. 

MEETING: IN-PERSON & ONLINE - This meeting will be in-person at Friendship Auditorium and live-streamed for our Facebook channel and uploaded to YouTube.

Thursday, June 8th, 2023

Announcements: 7:10 p.m. / Plant Forum: 7:15 p.m. / Program: 7:30 p.m.

REGISTRATION LINK: Click here to register on zoom

This program will be in-person. For the safety of our guests (and in keeping with CURRent L.A. City Health Dept. guidelines) we strongly recommend that guests have updated vaccine status and that masks be worn indoors.

Visit our Past Meetings page to re-watch previously recorded in-person meetings and webinars, download each meeting write-up, and reference any materials provided by our speakers.

Other Events and News

SCHS MAY 20th EVENT - Join us at the Southern California Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale! This FREE EVENT is at Baker’s Acres - home to incredible bromeliads, air plants, and succulents - many of which will be available for purchase.  There will also be other vendors selling a choice selection of plants, garden items, containers and more...  come see for yourself!

Saturday, May 20 from 10AM to 1PM — 18552 Erwin Street, Tarzana, CA 91335 (Street parking only.)

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Southern California Horticultural Society
P.O. Box 94476
Pasadena, CA 91109-4476

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