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.


Photo of Wynne by Sabine Steinmetz, photo of Shawn supplied by speaker.

Next Meeting:

"Designer Insights: Artfully Blending Natives and Exotics in the Garden" with Wynne Wilson and Shawn Maestretti

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7:00 at Friendship Auditorium. Click here for directions. 

Just in time for fall planting season, the SCHS welcomes landscape designers Shawn Maestretti and Wynne Wilson to speak at our October meeting. They will explore a thoughtful approach to blending California’s native flora with other beautiful and beneficial plants from around the world. 

Shawn is a designer, plantsman, certified arborist, educator, and licensed landscape contractor.  He has been creating artfully designed gardens throughout Los Angeles since 2006. His method is highly collaborative, with a strong attention to detail and problem-solving. He helps  his clients realize outdoor living spaces they will connect with for many years. Shawn combines his horticultural experience with strong composition skills and environmentally sensible practices, using a varied palette of interesting California-friendly plants to breathe new life and a sense of place into every garden. His system of matching a plant palette to a space and properly hydro-zoning has proven to be a successful process for creating gardens that benefit wildlife.

Wynne Wilson grew up in Southern California, surrounded by citrus and avocado groves that were planted where extensive stands of coastal sage scrub had once flourished. The successful preservation and restoration of habitat have been a major part of her work as a garden designer, using primarily California’s native plant palette and sustainable materials. Wynne has degrees in Environmental Design and Fine Art from The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she also taught design for over a decade. Her award winning landscape design firm Terra Design consists of a collaborative and creative team that pursues projects which promote their personal and professional philosophy of restoration, preservation, and education. They have created gardens from large estates to small commercial/restaurant settings, vineyards on the Central Coast, as well as many residential gardens.

We invite you to join us for this inspiring program. On October 14, we have a chance to tour Wynne's garden in Altadena. Go to our Events Page for more information and registration.

Upcoming SCHS Meetings:

* Thursday, October 11 - Local designers Wynne Wilson and Shawn Maestretti on "Designer Insights: Artfully Blending Natives & Exotics in the Garden"

* Thursday, November 8 - Betsy Collins of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will speak on plants from the California Channel Islands.

* Thursday, December 13 - Jo O'Connell of Australian Native Plant Nursery will speak on selected Australian plants, plus our annual Holiday Party! ***This meeting will be held at the Canoga Park Women's Club ***

Upcoming SCHS Events:

Sunday, October 14 - Coffee in the Garden with Wynne Wilson. We hope you can join us to tour Wynne's stunning garden in Altadena. CITG events are free for SCHS members ($10 for non-members), but advance registration is required. Go to our Events Page to register.

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