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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. 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, March 9th, 2023

SCHS Monthly Meeting:

Renee Shepherd

founder of Renee’s Garden seed company

“Garden to Table from Seed”

Photo provided by speaker                                                                                 

On March 9, the SCHS is excited to host Renee Shepherd, founder of the well-respected and hugely popular Renee’s Garden website (, which sells seeds and dispenses invaluable advice on “growing your own” veggies, herbs and ornamentals.  This program will be oriented especially to those beginning “Foodie” gardeners who want to cook  a wide range of fresh, seasonal meals from their own garden.

Shepherd will be sharing how to plan and enjoy a bountiful, colorful and delicious kitchen garden throughout the seasons featuring vegetables and herbs chosen for fabulous flavor, easy growing, productivity, and top nutrition. She will include specific varietal suggestions, information on how and where to find seeds of many cultures and countries, as well as preparation and cooking ideas for using your harvests for satisfying everyday meals.

After receiving a PhD from UC Santa Cruz and teaching in its Environmental Studies department, Shepherd founded Renee’s Garden to offer her selected choices of seeds sourced from seed growers both large and small around the world.  In addition to sourcing the seeds she offers for sale, Shepherd also writes the descriptions and growing information for all the company’s seed packets, writes gardening articles and creates recipes, and has published three kitchen garden cookbooks: Recipes from a Kitchen Garden,  More Recipes From a Kitchen Garden and her newest: Renee’s Garden Cookbook.

We are pleased to offer this program featuring Shepherd, a pioneering innovator in her field who lectures widely at national and regional garden shows, just ahead of spring and prime-growing season. In addition to bringing us her expert knowledge, Shepherd will also provide free seed packets as give-aways for the first 75 people to arrive for the live program.

We’re sure you won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear this popular speaker in-person or online. We hope you will join us for the evening!

Held in-person at the Friendship Auditorium

*** We are still having technical difficulties with our live/Zoom presentations. We will start the March meeting on Zoom, but if we have not solved the feedback and video feed issues, we will stop the livestream. We will record the presentation and it will be made available within a week to everyone who signs up to view it on Zoom.***

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. / Announcements at 7:10 p.m. /
Plant Forum at 7:15 p.m. / Program begins 7:30 p.m. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
NOTE: 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.

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 Join SCHS.

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

Other Events and News

Saturday, March 18:
2023 Horticultural Yard Sale
at Baker's Acres in Tarzana. Vendors will have a seasonal selection of plants and garden items for sale at this FREE event. Plants from Baker's Acres incredible collection will also be for sale. 10am - 1pm, 18552 Erwin Street in Tarzana

Thursday, March 9:
Renee Shepherd, founder of Renee's Garden seed company, will speak on "Garden to Table from Seed" (Live and Online)

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

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