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Welcome to the Southern California Horticultural Society,
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. When we are able to hold in-person meetings, admission is free for members, children, and students with ID, and $5 for non-members. Meetings also include expert discussion of plants brought in to the Plant Forum table, and we often have Plant Raffles. Plants, used and new books and magazines are usually for sale at the meetings. For more information about the Society, please see our About SCHS page.

Next Event: 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

2020 Horticulturist of the Year Awards
Zoom Webinar


Photo credits: Emery, courtesy of SBBG.org; Kurutz, courtesy of the Kurutz family; Singers, courtesy of Lili Singer.

In lieu of our annual banquet, we will be making this year's Awards in an online presentation.
Our awardees are several important contributors to our industry who have passed on to the Great Garden Beyond.

DARA EMERY was the first horticulturist for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, serving from 1955 until his death in 1992. He was also their first full-time breeder and is regionally renowned for his work with California native plants. A native Angeleno, Emery’s contributions to the advancement of native plant horticulture throughout California are widely recognized.

DENIS KURUTZ was a nationally acclaimed SoCal landscape architect. In his 35-year career, he won two American Society of Landscape Architects awards and received numerous other accolades before passing in 2003. Kurutz gained fame during the 1970s for his re-creation of the AD 79 Villa of Papyri at the Getty Museum in Malibu. His talent is evident in photos of the villa’s plantings, and his myriad artistic skills will be showcased during this evening’s program.

BERT & MANNY SINGER were avid growers and sellers of rare succulent plants who ran Singer’s Growing Things, a San Fernando Valley-based nursery, from 1972 until 1990. A popular destination for plant collectors, the Singers’ nursery specialized in caudiciforms, grew rare and unusual succulents and featured plants new to both science and horticulture.

We look forward to “seeing” you at this special HOTY event!

Announcements at 7:00 pm / Awards and Q&A at 7:30 pm PST / Register here

In years past, our Horticulturist of the Year Awards Banquet has always been a ticketed event with a catered dinner, followed by our Annual Silent Auction, filled with incredible items donated by members and generous supporters from the community.    

While we are pleased to be able to offer free attendance to the HOTY program this year, we will feel the absence of the Silent Auction as it has always been our largest annual fund-raising event.

If you have been enjoying our monthly webinars and would like to help support the SCHS until we can meet again in person, please consider donating any amount you feel you can. Even better, become a member, with levels beginning as low as $15. for the year. You can find details about the various levels of membership on our website at: www.socalhort.org/membership.

Thank you for your attention - we always appreciate your support!


You can view some of our recent recorded presentations and see a list of other past programs on our "Past Meetings" page. You can also read past SCHS Newsletters here.

We are also ramping up our social media presence on Facebook and Instagram (@socalhort).

In these uncertain times, we hope everyone can find some solace
in the beauty of gardens and nature around us.


The Southern California Horticultural Society condemns violence and injustice toward any person based on race, identity or belief. We strive to be a safe and welcoming space for all plant lovers that is inclusive and accessible to everyone in the Los Angeles area.

In solidarity with people of color, we have made donations to the Equal Justice Initiative and to the University of California Master Gardener Fund for Los Angeles County. We encourage others to support organizations of their choice that are dedicated to ending systemic racism and social injustice.

Upcoming SCHS Meetings:

* Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 2020 Horticulturist of the Year Awards honoring Dara Emery, Denis Kurutz, and Bert & Manny Singer.

* Thursday, October 8, 2020 - Webinar: "Growing Asian Vegetables in Los Angeles" with Florence Nishida, Master Gardener and founder of the non-profit L.A. Green Grounds.

* Thursday, November 12, 2020 - Webinar: "Native Restoration Landscaping" with Dennis Mudd, creator of the native-plant database Calscape.

Upcoming Events and News:

No upcoming events at this time.

See our News and Announcements page for job postings, SCHS members in the news, and other relevant news. Have something to announce? Send it to socalhort@gmail.com.

Our Hort Happenings page lists events at local horticultural institutions for the coming two months.

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You can always reach us by mail at:

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

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