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:

Robert Allen will give a presentation on "Native Plants and the Critters that Love Them"

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:00 at Friendship Auditorium at
3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles CA 90027. Click here for directions.

July brings Robert “Bob” Allen to the SCHS, to speak on southern California’s native pollinators and their impact on our ecology. He will discuss and demonstrate pollination mechanisms with photographs, revealing stories, and hands-on examples.

The presentation on pollination derives  from Bob’s years of experience as an entomologist, botanist, instructor, nature photographer, and author, combined with his personal interests, studies and research. He currently teaches Botany at Orange Coast College, is  a Research Associate in Entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the author of the field guide Wildflowers of  Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains (published 2013).

Bob will discuss how native plants get pollen from one place to another, what our major pollinating insects are, and how a flower’s structure can provide clues to the identity of its pollinators, among other little known facts. Most of California’s flowering plants  rely on animals for pollination, including our estimated 1,600 species of native bees.

Many people are familiar with Apis mellifera, the Western honey bee.  It is a non-native bee, introduced by colonists to pollinate the crop plants they brought with them, and in fact, cannot physically pollinate many species of native plants.  Since it did not evolve with them, it lacks the necessary structures and behaviors needed to do so.

Native bees, on the other hand, are the most effective pollinators of most native plants. For example, a single female of a native bee in the genus Habropoda, over her lifespan may visit 50,000 flowers, leading to the production of over 60,000 fruits responsible for reproduction, and used as food by other forms of wildlife. Research suggests that flowers of native plants are up to four times more attractive to native bees than non-native flowers.

Bob encourages people to observe  native bees by getting out of manicured gardens and into the wild. He also recommends a visit to the Pollinator Partnership website before and after the program at:  www.pollinator.org. His wildflower book is available from the Orange County chapter of the California Native Plant Society at: https://www.occnps.org/wildflower-book.html.

Please join us for an evening we expect to be both educational and entertaining.   Upcoming SCHS Meetings:
* Thursday, July 11 - Presentation by educator Robert Allen on "Native Plants and the Critters that Love Them"

* Thursday, August 6 - Anthropologist Michael Wilken will speak on his book, Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias

* Saturday, September 28 - SCHS Annual Horticulturist of the Year Award Banquet and Silent Auction at the Los Angeles Arboretum. 2019 Honoree: Mike Evans of Tree of Life Nursery

Upcoming SCHS Events:

SOLD OUT - Saturday, July 13: Horticultural Tour of the LA Zoo Join us for a special behind-the scenes tour of the horticultural collections at the LA. Zoo. Sandy Masuo will be our guide. This free tour is limited to 30 members only. Register on our Events page.

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