Welcome to the Southern California Horticultural Society, where passionate gardeners meet to share ideas and learn from each other.


Next Meeting:

Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 7:30pm


South of the Border: The Fascinating Maritime Succulent Scrub of Baja California

Guest Presenters:

Jim Riley and Sula Vanderplank

The Maritime Succulent Scrub [MSS] plant community in Northwest Baja California defines the southern end of the California Floristic Province. In addition to containing many familiar California native plants found around the Los Angeles Basin, the MSS also hosts a number of endemic species. The speakers will take us on a journey through this botanically rich area, including a look at its geology and fauna, all through the lens of Terra Peninsular’s two natural reserves. Copies of their new book, Plant Guide: Maritime Succulent Scrub Region, Northwest Baja California, Mexico, will be for sale.

More info on our Meetings page...

Upcoming SCHS Events:

The Secrets of Somis – Revisited

Bus Tour – Saturday, June 27, 2015

Get an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Boething Treeland Nursery, visit Greenwood Daylily Gardens and enjoy a catered lunch (included in price of trip!), and be guided through Richard Baron’s evolving 40+ acre Chinese Garden.

This trip will be on a chartered bus, departing from the parking lot of St. Jane Frances de Chantal church at 13001 Victory Blvd. in North Hollywood at 8 am (updated). We plan to return by 4 – 5pm. Sorry, no private cars allowed on this trip. Further details will be provided upon registration.

Due to the limited space, “first come, first served” reservations will only be allowed through our online system at SCHS MemberLodge Somis Event Page or by contacting the trip organizer by phone: Laura Bauer at 626-437-9459.

Member tickets are $50 each. Non-Member tickets are $65 each. Catered lunch is included.

We expect this trip to fill up quickly, so don't delay registering if you want to go!

For further description of the tour, you can DOWNLOAD FLYER (PDF).

Upcoming SCHS Meetings:
  • July 9 – Jim Riley on plant communities in Baja California
  • August 13 –Bruce Blavin from the California Rare Fruit Growers
  • September 10 – Horticulturist of the Year Annual Banquet (to be held at the LA Arboretum)
About SCHS

Each month we invite speakers to present a talk or program about their area of expertise. SCHS Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, and usually include a digital or film slide presentation accompanied by handouts. Speakers are happy to answer questions from the audience. We also have an Plant Raffle at each meeting with plants provided by nurseries, botanic gardens or private collectors. Admission is free for members and children and $5 for non-members.

The Plant Forum table is fun! Members are encouraged to bring cuttings or plants from their gardens to display. Contributors receive a free raffle ticket. Later in the evening a local expert will lead a brief discussion about the plants. What an interesting way to learn!

SCHS Publications can be purchased at the monthly meetings. Plants, used and new books and magazines are also often for sale at the meetings.

The new SCHS Member Lodge is our interactive companion website where members can renew their membership, search the membership directory, and share information with fellow members.

Join us today and receive our SCHS Newsletter and Green Sheets (highlights from the monthly Plant Forum) plus the award-winning Pacific Horticulture, the magazine for West Coast gardeners (a $28 value). Many professional botanists, nurserymen & women, landscape architects & designers, students and consultants are also members. Our members grow an astounding array of plants in and around the LA Basin such as annuals, perennials, cacti and succulents, orchids, native plants and more. We also arrange members-only tours of private gardens and other garden related outings.

Intern Presentations

The 2011 presentations from Hallie Schmidt and David Latimer are now posted on our Intern Presentations page as PDFs. It is a pleasure to see how the SCHS can help young, energetic people learn valuable lessons in the world of horticulture.

A Sampling of Past Programs

Our monthly programs feature local and out-of-area world-renowned speakers and gardening experts: