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Founded in 1963, the Western Horticultural Society is made up of horticulturists, botanists, landscape designers and architects, nursery people, students and avid gardeners. The monthly programs are designed to appeal to the dedicated plant lover.
We invite you to join our group of plant and gardening enthusiasts  


Dick at the Plant Discussion Table
The 27 Strings Bluegrass Band
  • Please bring a dish for eight to share - side dish, salad, entree or a dessert.

    Bring your own plate and eating utensils

  • If you can help set up the room for our party,
    please come early around 4:30 -5pm to help us.

  • Please bring canned food for donation
    to a Local Food Bank






Los Altos Youth Center
1 North San Antonio Road
Los Altos. CA 94022

December 14, 2016
This program is for Members and Guests Only
**Please RSVP by December 10th to Carrie Parker or Liz Calhoon


A Celebration of the lives of Dick & Helaine Dunmire

.....with Music by The 27 Strings



Dick was a founding member of Western Horticultural Society in 1963 and passed away in November 2014. An avid gardener, he shared plants from his garden at the monthly meetings and along with a few others was a “walking plant encyclopedia” at the meetings. After completing his Master’s in English and teaching at University of Kansas, the Dunmires returned to California in 1959. He worked at Montebello Nursery in Los Altos, which deepened his knowledge and passion for horticulture. Sunset editors would come into the nursery and after freelancing a number of articles for Sunset, they asked him to join as a staff writer and editor in 1963. Dick’s first assignment was editor of the massive 1967 Western Garden Book with the garden editor of the magazine. After the book, Dick continued on as a writer/editor and botanical/horticultural expert with the magazine until retiring in 1989, although he continued to work on all editions of the Sunset Western Garden Book through 2001. His wit, astounding recall and plant knowledge enlivened many a WHS meeting!




The 27 Strings Bluegrass Band plays traditional as well as contemporary bluegrass. They are known for their strong vocals, great harmonies, and fast-paced fiddle tunes.

Dick’s family has generously donated books from his library which will be available for sale to benefit the Western Horticultural Society.

WHS will provide the Turkey and a Ham kindly shared by Annelise Krinsky

Also hors d'oeuvres, wine, hot cider and non-alcoholic beverages


Western Horticulture Society
PO Box 166, Mountain View, CA 94042