Our monthly meetings are a forum for sharing knowledge and experience in all aspects of gardening and horticulture. They are scheduled on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are broadcasting our lecture series as webinars. These are free, but you must register below to access the webinar at the scheduled time via Zoom. We are also broadcasting live on our Facebook page. If you miss a webinar, we are also posting them our YouTube channel. You can view past lectures here: Past Meetings

When we are able to hold in-person meetings, they are usually at at Friendship Auditorium near Griffith Park (unless noted otherwise). Our regular in-person 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. We enthusiastically welcome new members, so please drop by.

Next Meeting:


Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm PST

Native Restoration Landscaping

This Zoom Webinar lecture will begin with Announcements at 7pm and a Plant Forum at 7:15pm. The Lecture and Q&A will begin at 7:30pm PST - Register here!

In November, as planting season is in full swing, the Southern California Horticultural Society will be hosting a webinar program by Dennis Mudd, a self-taught native plant enthusiast who founded the Calscape website in 2010 with the goal of enabling small scale nature restoration efforts in California. The site is primarily focused on showing which plants are likely to be native to any location in the state. It allows users to create plant lists, research nurseries and other resources to obtain specific plants, as well as providing information on how to grow them.

This evening’s presentation is meant to give native plant gardeners the information they will need to recreate nature in their gardens through biomimicry plant selection, irrigation, mulching, weed control and pest control practices. It will include photos of native plants and associated wildlife, chosen to represent what can be attained through living surrounded by nature. Mudd believes that nature is the most beautiful and environmentally responsible model for landscaping in California and would like to convince traditional gardeners to give nature restoration landscaping a try. He is hopeful that homeowners restoring nature in their gardens can slow, and one day even reverse, the loss of biodiversity being caused by widespread development in California.

In 2014, Mudd donated Calscape to the California Native Plant Society and led development of the site in partnership with CNPS and the Jepson eFlora group at UC Berkeley until 2019. Calscape is currently the largest California native plant website with over two million unique users. In addition to the website, his favorite recommendations for gardeners are: California Native Plants for the Garden by Carol Bornstein, David Fross and Bart O’Brien; Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy; and the international website www.iNaturalist.org.

Currently, Mudd is the co-director of the Smart Food Foundation, a non-profit that provides healthy food, cooking and nutrition education to low-income communities in San Diego. When not working in his native garden in Poway (which won the San Diego Home and Garden’s Garden of the Year Award in 2012), he might be enjoying nature on his mountain bike, as he is also a member of the UC Cyclery racing team.

We are looking forward to seeing and hearing Mudd’s presentation and getting new ideas to potentially inspire our own nature restoration gardening projects. Please consider tuning in for this timely and fascinating topic.

Announcements at 7:00 pm / Plant Forum at 7:15 pm / Lecture and Q&A at 7:30 pm PST


In regards to the Coronavirus outbreak, we would like to remind everyone to follow these CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of illness:

1) Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
2) Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
3) Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
4) Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
5) Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

Upcoming SCHS Meetings:

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - Webinar: "Mission Possible: Growing Roses Organically" with Steve Gerischer, Vice President of the Southern California Horticultural Society.

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