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.

Next Meeting:
Treasures of the Sierra Madres: an Armchair Ecotour of Mexico's Greatest Botanical Hits with Jeff Chemnick

Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00pm
at Friendship Auditorium near Griffith Park.
Click here for map and directions to Friendship Auditorium.

Our speaker for February is Jeff Chemnick, owner and operator of Mexico Nature Tours, specializing in botanical (and ornithological) ecotours throughout Mexico, with a focus on the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. Additionally, Jeff is a respected authority on Mexican cycads, and has published numerous articles and described several species new to science. Currently, he is co-authoring a book on the cycads of Mexico. slated for publication in 2019. He is also a member of the IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Cycad Specialist Group, which determines the status of endangered cycads worldwide.  Jeff is also a popular speaker, and some of his extensive plant  knowledge will be shared with us in a visual narrative presentation featuring highlights from his many botanical travels.


Jeff is also widely known for his considerable horticultural expertise as owner and operator of Aloes-in-Wonderland, a specialty nursery and garden occupying 4.5 acres in Santa Barbara where he has lived since 1981. A past president of the Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society and former chair of the Society’s Annual Plant Sale, he has been involved for years in his local botanical/horticultural community.

At the Ganna Walska Lotusland botanical garden in Santa Barbara, Jeff is a research associate and serves on several committees, including acting as the chair (and auctioneer) of their Exceptional Plants Auction, Sale, and Plant Party. Additionally, he teaches the Lotusland docent training course on cycads.

We encourage you to attend what promises to be an educational, as well as entertaining, presentation. In Jeff’s own words, he invites us to “Sit back, relax, and enjoy the parade of remarkable plant diversity as we go hither and yon to visit a variety of habitats and localities to bear witness to the amazing flora (and more) that awaits the traveler willing to venture south of the border down Mexico way!” ‑ from the comfort of the Friendship Auditorium, of course. We look forward to spending the evening with you.

Upcoming SCHS Meetings:

* February 8 - Horticultural travel program with Jeff Chemnick on his recent trip to Mexico.

* March 8 - TBD

* April 12 - Succulent Panel Program at the Huntington

Upcoming SCHS Events:

No events scheduled at this time.

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