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September 13th, 2023, 7:30pm 

In-person meeting

in the Garden House at Shoup Park

in Los Altos

A 27 Year Wildflower Journey: The Making of Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change

With Rob Badger and Nita Winter

Rob Badger and Nita Winter take you behind the scenes on their 27-year journey photographing wildflowers throughout California and the West.

It began in 1992 when they discovered and fell in love with California's spectacular wildflower blooms in the Mojave Desert's Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve. Photographing these beautiful landscapes and individual flowers evolved into their documentary art project, “Beauty and the Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change.”

Rob’s environmental images have won multiple awards, including

Best in Photojournalism

in international competition. 

Nita began her photographic career documenting her work fighting wildfires

in northern California and later as a National Park Ranger on Alcatraz. 

Their work has been featured in NBC-TV, KQED-TV, Time, Mother Jones, and Sierra magazines, the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times. They are the recipients of the Sierra Club’s 2020 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. 

You can purchase their books an learn more at

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Speaker Dinners are resuming!

Come join our speakers for dinner at

Chef Chu’s before the meeting.

This is an opportunity to talk more intimately with our speakers and ask any questions you might like about their field of expertise.

If you would like to join us, please email Western Hort member Carol Dahout
at by the Monday before the meeting so we can ma
ke a reservation for the appropriate attendance. 

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Plant Sale Table

The September meeting is your first chance

to participate in the Plant Sale Table!

Remember: Fall is for Planting!

Be sure to bring all the plants you have been propagating, any cuttings, books or tools that members may want to add to their collections. All money collected goes to support WHS programs and the scholarship fund. 


Hello WHS members,
Our new year is just starting.

Our membership year extends from September through August.

Dues paid now will be for

the 2023-24 membership year.

WHS has a great list of speakers for the year. Don’t miss any updates.

Please submit your renewal and payment using the Membership form found on our Membership page and mail to
WHS PO Box 166, Mountain View, CA 94042. Membership forms were also mailed out in August to those who have not renewed. You can also pay online. Please go to our membership page on our website


JOIN TODAY and receive:

  • Free admission to monthly programs and links to Zoom presentations and video-recordings (9x per year) 

  • Receive WHS e-newsletter (Sept-May)

  • Members only Holiday Party & Summer Picnic

  • 10% discount at participating business partners

Member Plant Share

You will have the opportunity to bring
actual plants or cuttings to the September meeting 
for sharing information about with others in attendance.

Please be ready with information about the plant’s geographical location, exposure, soil, water and other growth requirements.

If you have plants that you would like help identifying or for which you want some cultural advice, feel free to bring these also.


When you’re nervous about stepping outside of your comfort zone, remind yourself;

“It feels scary because it’s unfamiliar, not because I’m incapable.”

~Michelle C. Clark

Vice president & Board members : These positions are still open. Get to know your fellow WHS members and help keep the society vibrant and well rounded. If you have

an interest in helping in any one of these capacities, or feel you can help in any other way, feel free to e-mail us at or speak to any of the current board members.


Carman's Nursery
Nancy Schramm
8470 Pharmer Road,
Gilroy, CA 95020
hours: Thur, Fri, Sun 10am-5pm
408 841-2313

Pam Callaghan Horticulturist
Landscape Design
707 895-3958

Hammerschmidt Construction
Design Build Residential Remodeling Contractor, Will Install Hardscape
1574 Country Club Drive,  
Los Altos, CA 94024
650 948-4200

J.Moss Landscaping
Irrigation Technician
408 772-0309

NativeVista Gardening
Sandy Morgan
650 799-1217

Sage Creek Horticulture
Environmental Design & Fine Gardening

San Marcus Growers, Inc
Mike Craib, Sales Representative

Terra Sole Nursery LLC

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