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 otherwise). 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:

The Lore and Legends of Christmas Greens, presentation by Marie Barnidge-McIntyre.

Thursday, December 12 at 7:00pm at the Canoga Park Women's Club.
7401 Jordan Avenue, Canoga Park 91303 (Click here for a link to Google Maps)

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Coming to present a lively lecture at the Southern California Horticultural Society's festive December meeting will be Marie Barnidge-McIntyre, Horticulturist at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. She will speak about the traditional plants used to decorate homes for the Christmas holidays, what cultures influenced these choices, how they evolved and what legends are associated with each species. Regardless of which seasonal holiday you celebrate, hearing about the history of these decorations will no doubt enhance your appreciation for the plants that are an integral part of the winter holidays.

Marie grew up exploring the natural world of foothills and meadows in the San Fernando Valley. Her first job in the field of horticulture was as a nursery consultant, identifying pests and problems as well as designing landscapes. Her next major foray into horticulture was working on an oak mitigation project, where she harvested and propagated acorns, planted the saplings, and then protected them from natural disasters and a variety of wildlife - including out-of-range cattle - while they became established. These experiences served her well when she applied for a position at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site in Long Beach in 1992, and was hired as their first horticulturist. (Read more about this important piece of California history at: https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/about-hub/history-hub/mission-and-focus/)

Although the original position encompassed research, restoration, and maintenance of the gardens and grounds, Marie’s job eventually broadened in scope. She is currently restoring a landscape designed in the 1930s by renown landscape architect Ralph D. Cornell. It has matured and changed significantly and Marie’s goal is to stay true to Cornell’s vision, using materials available at that time in order to insure historic integrity. Marie is also in charge of harvesting materials from the garden that are used to create unique crafts sold in the Rancho gift shop; recruiting and training volunteers to lead garden tours; and simultaneously training and working alongside interns and students. One of her great joys is sharing the many fascinating stories about the plants at the Rancho and the people associated with them.

The SCHS looks forward to hearing some of Marie’s stories and learning how we might incorporate age-old plant-based traditions into our own contemporary holiday celebrations. Please join us for a fun and entertaining evening!

Socializing: 7:00 pm / Meeting: 7:30 pm / Members & Students: Free / Guests: $5

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*Thursday, January 9, 2020 - TBD

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