Our monthly meetings are a forum for sharing knowledge and experience in all aspects of gardening and horticulture. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at Friendship Auditorium near Griffith Park (unless noted). We enthusiastically welcome new members, so please drop by.

Our regular monthly meetings are free to SCHS members and $5 for non-members. Children under 18 and students with school ID are free. Ample parking is available.

Photo courtesy of the speaker

Next Meeting:

Mike Evans of Tree of Life Nursery on "Ugly is Not a Turf Replacement"

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 at Friendship Auditorium at
3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles CA 90027. Click here for directions.

March, with its transitional nature, is the perfect time to welcome speaker Mike Evans to the Southern California Horticultural Society, to present a program about beautiful and practical options for replacing tired lawns with sustainable planting alternatives.  As the founder and president of Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano, which has been producing and selling California native plants for over 40 years, Mike has experience in native plant production, design, landscaping and ecological restoration.  He also writes extensively for the nursery’s website and blog, and recently led two years of horticultural training for the garden staff at Disneyland. Tree of Life promotes a style of authentic horticulture, specifically the concept of appropriate landscaping with native California plants.

Mike was born and raised in Southern California and demonstrated an early love for the outdoors.  He worked with retail and wholesale nurseries before establishing Tree of Life in 1976.  The 40-acre nursery specializes in native California plants and produces more than 500 species and varieties.  In 2007, it was honored to receive two awards: Horticultural Award from the California Native Plant Society and the California Glory Award from the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Tree of Life provides plants for landscaping and ecological restoration at the wholesale level, but plants are also available for sale to the general public through Casa ‘La Paz’.  Their website, www.CaliforniaNativePlants.com, provides information on the use of native plants in the garden.

In this presentation Mike will focus on his advocacy for a present-day California that deserves to look like the true California.  He believes that replacing useless turf in our landscapes provides a perfect opportunity to plant a real garden, with a real purpose... one that is both sustainable and truly beautiful. A well-designed California natural garden will always pass the test of time, and continually provide valuable habitat for birds, beneficial pollinators, and other friendly wildlife species.

In addition to his talk, Mike will be bringing plants from Tree of Life for purchase.  Just as we move from a wet winter into spring, many of us are looking for new planting options for our own gardens, and this program is sure to give us plenty of inspiration to create something lovely that is meaningful as well.

** A PDF version of Jennifer Hinostroza's houseplant recommendations from her January talk is available to download on our Past Meetings page.

Upcoming SCHS Meetings:

* Thursday, March 14 - Mike Evans from Tree of Life Nursery will speak on replacing your lawn: "Ugly is Not a Turf Replacement"

* Thursday, April 11 -
Matt Candeias of In Defense of Plants podcast and blog.

* Thursday, May 9 - Nan Sterman, garden expert, author and host of A Growing Passion, will present a program based on her landscape design book: Hot Color, Dry Garden

Upcoming SCHS Events:

No special events at this time.

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