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To see video recordings of Zoom presentations indicated below, go to the Western Hort youtube or click on the individual recording links below.

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Rob Badger and Nita Winter, A 27 Year Wildflower Journey: The Making of Beauty and the Beast: California    Wildflowers and Climate Change (September 13, 2023)  Louisa Beck Guest Lecture

Andy Mariani, Growing Stone Fruits in the Home Garden (October 11th, 2023)

Leonel Morales-Bajarano, Plant Propagation: Tips from A-Z (November 8th, 2023)

Ken Litchfield, All Mushrooms are Magical: Experiencing the Phantasmagorical Realm of Fungi

(December 13th, 2023)

Fergus Garrett, Plant Combinations for a Long-Lasting and Resilient Garden (January 10th, 2024)

Jennifer Dungan, Memories of an Extraordinary Garden (February 14th, 2024)

Lori Palmquist, Water in Your Garden – Taking Control (March 13th, 2024)

Five Seasons: The Garden of Piet Oudolf Documentary movie night (April 10th, 2024)



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Madeline Marrow, Year-Round Color with Native Plants (September 14, 2022)

Andy Mariani & Charlie Olson with moderator Robin Chapman,

                        Farming in the Valley of Heart's Delight (Oct 12, 2022)

Lynne Trulio, Beautiful California Biodiversity:The Biodiversity Crisis and What We Can Do About It (Nov. 9, 2022)

Kristin Jakob, A Botanical Art Journey (Dec 14, 2022)

Rebecca Sweet, Refresh your garden design: simple strategies to wake up a weary garden (Jan 11, 2023)

Eric Hsu, Of Heartbreak & Flowers: The Domoto Family & Their Horticultural Legacy in the US (Feb 8, 2023)

John TsutakawaMaking Hypertufa Troughs (March 8, 2023)

Martin Quigley, The Ins & Outs, Ups & Downs of Succulent Container Gardening (April 12,2023)

Rose Lovell, Hardworking Herbs, (May 10,2023)



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Renee Shepherd,Winter Vegetables and Gardening for a Second Season (September 8, 2021)

Abra Lee, Culture and Gardening , "Lift Ev'ry Voice!" (October 13, 2021)

Kenton J. Seth, Crevice Gardens: Stuck in the Cracks (November 10, 2021)

Lynn Chan and David Eger,Gardens to Lure You Out of California (December 8, 2021)  

Del McComb, Growing Gorgeous Gardens from the Ground Up (January 12,2022)

Leslie Buck, Kyoto Garden Apprenticeship Adventures (February 9, 2022)

Kipp McMichael, Succulents At Large: Designing with Larger Succulents (March 9, 2022)

Patricia Rain, Vanilla: the Botany, the History and the Culture (April 13, 2022)

Dave Muffly, Resiliency: Choosing Trees for Climate Adaptation in Coastal California (May 11, 2022)



Marlene Simon, Mix it Up! Grow​​ing Succulents and Perennials Together (September 9, 2020)

  Video of Marlene Simon's Talk  

Barbara Hunt, Landscaping for Wildfire Protection (October 14, 2020)

Lech Naumovich, Restoration of a Summit: Mt. Umunhum (November 11, 2020)

Video of Lech Naumovich's Talk

Robin Chapman, The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley (December 9, 2020) Video of Robin Chapman

Riz Reyes, Houseplants: The Hottest Horticultural Trend (Jan 14, 2021)

Toni Gattone, You CAN Garden for Life!  (Feb 10,2021 handout)

Kelly Dodson and Sue Miliken, Beauty and Botany in the Far Reaches (March 10, 2021)

Saxon Holt, The Supper-Dry Garden: Beyond Mediterranean (April 14, 2021)

Steve Fennimore, When is a Weed a Weed? How to ID and Control Them (May 12, 2021)

    Video of Steve Fennimore

Apryl Uncapher, Rain Gardens: Turning Your Yard Into a Living Landscape (Sept 11, 2019)

Janet Sluis, New and Noteworthy Plants From the Sunset Western Garden Collection (Oct 9, 2019)

Brian Lavin, Growing Rare Fruit from Around the World (Nov 14, 2019)

Jennifer Jewell, The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants (Dec 11, 2019)

Aaron Ryan, Professional Secrets for Successful Succulent Propagation (Jan13, 2020)
Cynthia Sandberg, Tomato Mastery: Best Practice for Productivity and Healthy Plants 

                       (Feb 12, 2020 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

Jason Dewees, Designing with Palms: From Tiny Understory Gems to Perfect Small-Garden Trees (Apr 8, 2020)

Juanita Salisbury, Build It And They Will Come: Creating a Native Garden Buzzing With Pollinators 

                       (May 20, 2020)   Video of Juanita Salisbury's Talk  

Pamela Berstler, Rehydrating US: The Watershed Landscape Approach (Sept 12, 2018Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

Richard Hayden, Lush Landscapes with Little Water (Oct 10, 2018)

Antonio Sanchez, Inviting California to Dinner: CA Native Foods (Nov 14, 2018)

Ryan Guillou, Flora of Jordan - Diversity at the Edge (Dec 12, 2018)

Frank Niccoli, Planting Under Trees (Jan 9, 2019)

Aaron Dillon, Citrus Varieties and How To Care For Them  (Feb 13, 2019)

Dan Hinkley, From Shadows To Sun, The Making Of Windcliff (Mar 13, 2019)
Ann Northrup, Bugs You Hope To See Less of in the Garden (April 8, 2019)
Lara Hermanson, Growing Community in N. California Agrihoods (May 8, 2019)


Corey Barnes, Plant Exploration in Southwest China (Sep 13, 2017 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

Roberta Barnes, Pruning: Making the Cuts That Count (Oct 11, 2017)

Lisa Waud, Beauty From Blight: The Flower House Project (Nov 8, 2017)

Phoebe Cutler, Renovation of a Mission Garden (Dec 13, 2017)

Kate Frey, Habitat Garden, By Design (Jan 10, 2018)

Mike Evans, Natural Gardens in Small Spaces (Feb 14, 2018)

Sue Bell, Producing Food & Beauty Around Your Home (Mar 14, 2018)

Theresa Lynsgo, Improving The Soil (April 11, 2018)

Pete Veilleux, Eriogonums (May 9, 2018)



Christopher Woods, The Spell of the Sensuous (Sep 14, 2016 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

Rolando Uria, Salvias of Northern Argentina (Oct 12, 2016)

Brian Kemble, A Succulent for Every California Garden (Nov 9, 2016)

A Celebration of Dick & Helaine Dunmire (Dec 14, 2016 Holiday Party)

Nancy Garrison, Designing Fruit Trees into the Garden (Jan 11, 2017)

Frederique Lavoipierre, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Beneficial Insects in the Garden (Feb 8, 2017)

Jeff Rosendale, Mediterranean Climate: Create Beauty with Appropriate Plants and Less Lawn (Mar 8, 2017)

Bart O’Brien, Flora of the Oaxaca region of Mexico (Apr 12, 2017)

Daxin Liu, Fragrant Plants Throughout the Season (May 10, 2017)




Jeffrey deJong, Historical Influences of Gardening (Sept 9, 2015 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

John Whittlesey, Native Plants for the Garden and the Pollinators They Attract (Oct 14, 2015)

Bobby Markowitz, Strategic Planning: How to Target Net Zero Water Use for Your Garden (Nov 11, 2015)

Jane Stocklin and Susan Woodman, Gamble Garden: Landscape of Optimism (Dec 9, 2015 Holiday Party)

Patricia St. John, Garden Design Process (Jan 13, 2016)

Drew Harwell, Vegetables for All Seasons (Feb 10, 2016)

Wendy Proud, Transforming the Landscape of Waterwise California (Mar 9, 2016)

Ted Kipping, Victor Reiter’s Garden (Apr 13, 2016)

Kora Dalager, The Ultimate Small Container Garden (May 11, 2016)




Bill McNamara and Peter Raven, Asian Flora (Sept 10, 2014 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

Bart O’Brien, Drought, Climate Change, and Native Plants –What’s New? (Oct 8, 2014)

Tom Sauceda, New Zealand Plants for Coastal California Gardens (Nov 12, 2014)

Richard & Bracey Tiede, Gardens of Morocco (Dec 10, 2014 Holiday Party)

Sean Hogan, New Plants from Near and Far (Jan 14, 2015)

David Feix, Bay Area Style Gardens (Feb 11, 2015)

Pau Discoe, Fences and Gates of Japanese Gardens (Mar 11, 2015

Greg Starr, Cool Plants for Hot Gardens and Agaves: Living Sculptures (Apr 8, 2015)

Katie Wong, Upgrade Your Garden – Download Rare Fruits (May 13, 2015)




Nicholas Staddon, Too much is Not Enough (Sep 11, 2013 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

Helen Popper, Maintaining Native Plants Throughout the Seasons (Oct 9, 2013)

Dylan Hannon, Bulbs for the California Collector (Nov 13, 2013)

Robert Warren Trees and Plants that have Changed the Bay Area (Dec 11, 2013)

Panayoti Kelaidis, Great Gardens of Central Europe (Jan 8, 2014)

Jason Martinez, Magnificent Magnolias at San Francisco Botanic Garden (Feb 12, 2014)

Andrew M. Sutherland, Invasive Pest Species and the Urban Landscape (Mar 12, 2014)

Christy O'Hara, Hearst Castle: The History and Design of the Gardens (Apr 9, 2014)

Martin Grantham, Ferns for the California Garden (May 8, 2014)




Annie Hayes, So You Want a Fabulous Spring Garden (Sep 12, 2012 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

Jeff Chemnick, Hither and Yon In Mexico (Oct 10, 2012)

John Valenzuela, A Cultural History of Northern California Fruit Varieties, People and Places (Nov 14, 2012)

Nancy Norris, Miniature Landscapes (Dec 12, 2012 Holiday Party)

Kathy Echols, Garden Myths  (Jan 9, 2013)

Barrie Coate and Dick Dunmire, Panel Discussion, (Feb 13, 2013)

Ernesto Sandoval, Growing Plants In Containers and In the Ground (Mar 13, 2013)

Toni Corelli, Pigeon Point Lighthouse; Native Plant Restoration (Apr10, 2013)

Mimi Clark, Summer into Fall; A How-To Guide (May 8, 2013)




Bart O'Brien, Reimagining the California Lawn (Sep 14, 2011 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

Nan Sterman, Garden Treasures from Arid Mexico and the South West (Oct 12, 2011)

Dr. Matt Ritter, Small Trees for California Gardens (Nov 9, 2011)

Ted Kipping, Slideshow (Dec 14, 2011 Holiday Party)

Marcia Donahue, Planting Sculpture, Sculpting Plants (Jan 11, 2012)

Patricia Knight, The Botanical Obsession; Prints and Porcelain (Feb 8, 2012)

Shelagh Fritz, The Gardens of Alcatraz (Mar 14, 2012)

Dr. Russell Wagner, The Wonder of Mesembs: Ice Plants, Living Rocks, and Flowering Stones (Apr 11, 2012)

Renee Shepherd, It's a Seedy Business (May 9, 2012)




Katherine Greenberg, The Evolution of a Native Garden (Sep 8, 2010 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

Richard Merrill, Managing the Landscape and the Garden as an Ecosystem (Oct 13, 2010)

C. Todd Kennedy, The Unlimited Orchard; the Finest Fruits You Can Grow (Nov 10, 2010)

Jennifer Dungan, Can you see my Garden from Space? Satellite Photos (Dec 8, 2010 Holiday Party)

Andrea Hurd, Mallorcan Masonry: Dry Stacked Stone Walls for Beauty and Habitats (Jan 12, 2011)

Don Mahoney, The Best New Plants for Shade (Feb 9, 2011)

Cliff Low, Fertilizers, Amendments, Organic, Conventional, Oh My! (Mar 9, 2011)

Jim Dixon, Transforming the Sense of Place: Redefining Space with Shape, Color, and Texture (Apr 13, 2011)

Kristin Yanker-Hansen, Year Round Cut Flowers From the Garden (May 11, 2011)




Bill McNamara, Plants on the Move (Sep 9, 2009 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

Robert Kourik, Roots Demystified (Oct 14, 2009)

Patrick Anderson, Bringing Succulents into the Garden (Nov 11, 2009)

Aaron Dillon, Nursery History (Dec 9, 2009 Holiday Party)

Saxon Holt, The Aesthetics of Sustainability: What is Good Garden Photography? (Jan 13, 2010)

Kathleen Navarez, Propagation Methods (Feb 10, 2010)

Sherri Osaka, Sustainable Landscapes (Mar 10, 2010)

Deva Luna, Alternatives to Lawns (Apr 14, 2010)

Kristin Yanker-Hansen, Year Round Cut Flowers From the Garden (May 14, 2010)




Judith Larner Lowry, Landscaping Ideas of Jays: The Interface Between Ecology and Art in the Restoration Garden (Sep 10, 2008 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

Dave Egbert, Big Ideas for Small Gardens (Oct 8, 2008)

Ryan Hall, What's New in Cordyline & Other Great Plants for Mediterranean Gardens (Nov 12, 2008)

Nancy Schramm, Nursery Child: Growing up at Carman's Nursery (Dec 10, 2008 Holiday Party)

Ellen Zagory, The UC Davis Arboretum: New Programs, Gardens, and Plants (Jan 14, 2009)

Dick Dunmire, Rock Gardens and Rock Garden Plants (February 11, 2009)

Jason Dewees, Palms for Central California Gardens (March 11, 2009)

Rosalind Creasy, Edible Landscaping: The New American Garden (Apr 8, 2009)

Rebecca Lance, Rock Garden Strategies for Waterwise Gardens (May 13, 2009)


Carol Bornstein, California Natives for the Mixed Border (Sept 12, 2007 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture)

Dennis Makishima, Aesthetic Pruning of Small Trees and Shrubs in the Urban Setting (Oct 10, 2007)

Tom Bessman, Innovations in Landscape Water Conservation (Nov 14, 2007)

Allan Ridley & Helen McKenna-Ridley, Travels on the Eighth Continent; A Natural History Adventure in Madagascar (Dec 11, 2007 Holiday Party)

Barbara Worl, Bits and Pieces of a Life in the Garden (Jan 9, 2008)

Ernie Wasson, Foliage plants: the Backbones of the Garden (Feb 13, 2008)

Rosemary Nightingale, See, Smell, Hear, Taste & Feel: Herbs, the Useful Plants (Mar 12, 2008)

Patrick Worley, Peru, a Plant Lover's Journey (Apr 9, 2008)

Jeff Rosendale, Plants, People & Art: Putting Them Together in a California Garden (May 14, 2008)




Nevin Smith, Life on the Wild Side: Exploring the California Outback

                          (Sept 13, 2006 Louisa Beck Guest Lecture )

Andy Mariani, Stone Fruits for the Bay Area: History, Cultivation, and Varieties (Oct 11, 2006)

Bill (William A) Grant, What is Wrong With My Roses? (Nov 8, 2006)

Betsy Fryberger, A Taste for Citrus (Holiday Party Dec 5, 2006)

Ron Parsons, The Splendor of California Wildflowers (Jan 10, 2007)

Paul Heiple, Weeds: What Horticulturalists Find in Pandora's Box (Feb 14, 2007)

Daisy Mah, The Gardens of William Land Park, Sacramento, California (Mar 14, 2007)

Martin Grantham, Exploring South Africa's Western Cape for New Plant Gems (Apr 11, 2007)

Bob Hornback, Variegated Plants: Horticulture Goes Hollywood (May 9, 2007)

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