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About Western Hort

    Crocosmia crocosmiiflora "George Davison" (Photograph by Patricia Knight)    

If you are thinking a year ahead, sow a seed.
If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree.
If you are thinking one hundred years ahead, educate the people.

— Kuan-tzu, Third Century, B.C.

In the spirit of this Chinese philosophy, Western Horticultural Society was formed in 1963 by Bay Area nurserymen and gardening enthusiasts, many of whom remain involved in the Society's activities today.




WHS 50th Aniversary
Members Memories


Board of Directors for 2016

  President Liz Calhoon and Carrie Parker
  Vice-president Judy Wong
  Recording Secretary Patricia Larenas
  Corresponding Secretary Richard Tiede
  Treasurer Daxin Liu
  Other Board Members

Chris Egan, Judy Fulton
Katie Wong, Janet Hoffman, Laura Wilson


Each Month's Program offers
A Talk by a guest horticultural specialist including slides or power point display
Discussion of unusual plants brought to the meeting by members.    Plant discussion forms
Plant sale of diverse plant varieties contributed by members and nurseries

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Doors open at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30 pm.
Los Altos Youth Center
1 North San Antonio Road
Los Altos. CA 94022

Meetings are free to members.
Guests are welcome ! Fee $5.00





Annual Louisa Beck Guest Lecture
Features a talk by a highly regarded individual in the horticultural field. This program is funded by a bequest from Louisa Beck, who was a senior research scientist with NASA Ames Research Center and a member of Western Horticultural Society.

Field Trips
An unique opportunity to visit places not open to the public.
A field trip is often arranged to connect with a speaker topic. Previous visits included:
Night time viewing of the SF Conservatory of Flowers with Director Scot Medbury
Presidio nursery of the Golden Gate Recreation Area with Betty Young, Nursery Manager. Included a visit to Crissy Field, one of the restoration sites in San Francisco
Western Hills Nursery, 3 acres of unique gardens of rare and beautiful plants in Occidental
A tour of the South African, Australian, and New Zealand shrubs at the University of California at Santa Cruz Arboretum with Brett Hall, protea expert and the Arboretum's Director of Horticulture.

In June we hold a picnic in a special place. Previous picnics have been at Maison du Lac in Los Gatos and Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto.
In December we have a Holiday Potluck Dinner and Program in Los Altos.
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   The widely acclaimed quarterly magazine Pacific Horticulture comes free with membership.  
For any questions about membership or to change any information on your account  
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Western Horticultural Society
PO Box 166
Mountain View, CA 94042