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Feb 8th, 2023, 7:30pm 

In-person meeting

in the Garden House at Shoup Park

in Los Altos

Of Heartbreak & Flowers:

The Domoto Family &

Their Horticultural Legacy

in the United States.

With Eric Hsu

How many of you have relished a Japanese persimmon in autumn and enjoyed a camellia blossom in winter? Neither would have existed on our shores if not for the presence of Japanese immigrants who sought better opportunities here.

The Domoto Nursery, a second iteration 

started by the former California Horticultural Society president Toichi Domoto, continued the tradition of selecting and breeding ornamental plants, many of which are still cultivated in Bay Area gardens.

A native of New York, Eric Hsu was inspired to pursue plants as a passion and a profession after becoming involved in his Taiwanese grandparents’ vegetable garden. His current interest in Asian American history

in horticulture stems from his longstanding concern about overlooked voices, especially of minorities, and the need to keep the stories alive and relevant. Eric currently works as the Plant Information Coordinator

at Chanticleer near Philadelphia, PA.

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Member Plant Share

You will have the opportunity to bring
actual plants or cuttings to the January 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.

Plant Sale Table

The popular plant sale table is back.
Select from member propagated plants

as well as a variety of succulents for sale.
All money collected goes to support WHS programs and the scholarship fund.
A special thanks to Carol Dahout for becoming the manager of the table!!

Our membership year extends from September through August. Dues paid now will be for the 2022-23 membership year.


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


Western Horticultural Society is pleased to announce two $1000.00 horticultural scholarships to be given to two inspired, deserving students who show a keen commitment to their horticultural studies.
The purpose of this scholarship is to support those who wish to deepen their horticultural knowledge. Please see our Scholarship page for more details.


We are in need of some new board members.

The vice-president position has been open for the past year. We are also in need of a corresponding secretary.

Please consider serving on the board to help bring fresh ideas and keep our organization functioning smoothly.

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

at our meetings.


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
Landscape Contractor
1574 Country Club Drive,  
Los Altos, CA 94024
650 948-4200

J.Moss Landscaping
Irrigation Technician
408 772-0309

Terra Sole Nursery LLC

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