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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 offer 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.


Thursday,  December 14th, 2023

Avocados: Their Natural History and How to Grow Them


Annual Holiday Celebration

with Eric Focht of UC Riverside

This is an In-Person Event

On Thursday, December 14, the Southern California Horticultural Society will celebrate the holiday season with a live gathering at Friendship Auditorium, which will include food, activities and a tasty talk on avocado growing.

Our program for the evening is titled “Avocados: Their Natural History and How to Grow Them in Southern California”, and will be presented by guest speaker Eric Focht of UC Riverside.  He has been working there since 1999 in various capacities dealing with avocado research and breeding and is currently in the Botany and Plant Sciences Department.

We will be hearing from Focht about his in-depth work, which since 2005, has been overseeing the day-to-day breeding aspects of the avocado program.  He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Plant Biology and will share some of his expert knowledge and insights on growing these fascinating – and delicious – fruits!   

Since this live monthly meeting is in December, in addition to featuring a speaker presentation, we will have time before and after to enjoy socializing, as well as sampling sweet and savory potluck fare provided by members – perhaps something with avocados? And, following the program, attendees may pick up garden-themed treasures to take home from our popular “freebie” giveaway table filled with members’ donations!  (Details about the potluck and give-away table will be printed in the December newsletter.)   

You are invited to join us for this festive evening that will offer a variety of fun with something for everyone – you won’t want to miss it!  We hope to see you there.

Thursday, December 14 

Friendship Auditorium 3201 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027


Doors open:  7:00 p.m.


Speaker:  7:30 p.m.

Give-Away Table:   TBA after speaker's presentation

Doors open 7:00 p.m.

Program at 7:30 p.m.


Upcoming Events:

Thursday, December 14
In person at Friendship Auditorium
Eric Focht of UC Riverside will speak about Avocados and we will have our Annual Holiday Celebration

Thursday, January 11, 2024
In person at Friendship Auditorium
Wrtiter and journalist Naomi Hirahara will speka about the history of Japanese-American influences on the gardens of Los Angeles.

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.

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

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