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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
 

 

 
Frederique Lavoipierre
Some of the many beneficial insects
 
 
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SPEAKER PROGRAM

 

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

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

   
 
February 8, 2017
   
 

 

Frederique Lavoipierre

Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Beneficial Insects in the Garden

 

 

At Sonoma State University, Frederique was the founding director of the SSU Sustainable Landscape Program, and developed and coordinated the Entomology Outreach and Garden Classroom Programs. Frederique is the author of Garden Allies, a series for Pacific Horticulture magazine, and is compiling the ten years of articles into a book. She holds an MS in Biology from Sonoma State University, where her focus was on sustainable landscape practices and designing habitat for beneficial insects. In her position at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Frederique combines two of her passions - horticulture and science. 

 

   
 

Did you know there are dozens of species of lady beetles, and that they don’t all eat aphids? Beneficial insects like lady beetles and lacewings, flower flies, minute pirate bugs, and other garden allies can regulate populations of plant-eating insects. Learn how garden design and plant choice influences the community of beneficial insects in our landscapes.

Meet some of the garden allies and their favorite plants, and the compelling reasons why including regionally native flora in our gardens makes a difference to our shared environment. 
 
 
   
         
WHS PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS
 

Hot Plants Picks 2016
[photos by Krishna Penumarti]

 

 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 

HOT PLANT LIST 2014

 

 

 
Western Horticultural Society
P.O. Box 60507,   Palo Alto, CA 94306

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