Annual Award Banquet

Each year we select an outstanding individual to honor as Horticulturist of the Year (HOTY), and hold an Award Banquet in his/her honor. Our big social event of the year is set in one of our local botanical gardens, so guests can enjoy a lovely summer evening surrounded by plants and friends. The HOTY banquet also includes our annual Silent Auction, where guests have the chance to bid on hand-picked horticultural treasures gathered throughout the year.

2017 Horticulturist of the Year

Randy Baldwin


The 2017 banquet will be held on Thursday, September 14
at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
(here is a link for directions to the Arboretum)

Join us at 6:00pm Social Hour and Silent Auction (closes at 7pm).
Dinner and presentation begin at 7:00pm. Banquet tickets are $45.00

For more information and registration, see our Events page. To register with a check by mail, you can download this flyer: 2017 HOTY flyer FINAL.pdf

The Southern California Horticultural Society is pleased to honor Randy Baldwin with the 2017 Horticulturist of the Year award. Randy is perhaps best known as President and General Manager of San Marcos Growers, a wholesale nursery in Santa Barbara recognized in the landscape industry for the diversity of plants it grows and the on-going introduction of new plants suitable for cultivation in California. However, his achievements extend far beyond the nursery as he has served the horticultural community in a wide range of capacities, including as a founding member of the Santa Barbara Horticultural Consortium, work with PlantRight, an invasive plant prevention organization, and as a member of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Advisory Committee, to name only a few. He is also active in several plant societies, a civic consultant on landscape water use, a published garden photographer, instructor and popular speaker for over 35 years.

Randy currently serves as a board member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA) and the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC). He is on the Plant Collection Committee at Ganna Walska Lotusland and the Landscape Design Review Committee for UCSB.


Prior to beginning his career at San Marcos Growers in 1981, Randy completed a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Botany at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His early introduction to the natural world was facilitated by hiking and camping trips with his family and youth groups, and as a neighborhood for-hire-gardener in South Pasadena. One notable achievement which is still appreciated today was his Eagle Scout project of building trails at the Theodore Payne Foundation.

In his spare time Randy speaks to groups about the plants that he grows and writes the web pages for the San Marcos Growers horticultural website. Randy and his family live in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse on the nursery property, surrounded by demonstration gardens consisting of many summer-dry plants for which San Marcos Growers is known.

It is our pleasure to present Randy Baldwin with this year’s award; and we invite you to join us in celebrating his numerous and diverse contributions to the horticultural world.

For questions about this event, please contact Steven Gerischer at 323-257-3629

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