PO Box 166,  

Mountain View, CA 94042


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Join us for monthly Western Hort programs designed to inform, educate and inspire the dedicated plant lover. Admission is $10 for non-members and FREE for WHS members.


Meetings are held 9 times a year on the second Wednesday of the month and feature a lecture and slide presentation by a guest horticultural specialist. Each program also includes a member-led discussion and demonstration of unusual plants, as well as a plant sale of diverse plant varieties donated by members and local nurseries. All are welcome!


Current meeting location:   7pm on Zoom! Instructions emailed prior to meeting.

If you enjoy the talks given at our meetings and want to help the Western Horticultural Society sustain our program, you might like to sponsor one of our speakers! Your donation helps cover the costs of hosting a speaker and we will note your name as sponsor in our newsletter. You can choose the month or speaker of your choice or perhaps you have a speaker you would like to propose? Contact Leslie Dean lesliekdean@mindspring.com with donations or questions.   

April 8, 2020

Designing with Palms: From Tiny Understory Gems
to Perfect Small-Garden Trees

With Jason Dewees

Jason Dewees, author of the AHS Book Award-winning Designing with Palms (Timber Press), will address the many inventive and essential ways palms can contribute to gardens and landscapes in California and the Bay Area. He will discuss less-common (and often better-adapted) species for local climates, and the basic cultural needs many seasoned gardeners remain unaware of. The power of palms in landscape design arises from their iconic architecture. Palms occupy a place at the root of Western horticulture; date palms are the oasis tree. Naturally, the palm's beauty and utility earned it a place inside early Fertile Crescent gardens, the source of our Western garden traditions. Instantly recognizable, palms get lost in the glare of their own beauty while dwelling in our historical unconscious. They're superior performers whose fame might distract from their roles were it not for a director's guidance. Our job with palms is to be that director in the garden. Too often we Californians have leaned on the symbolic value of palms, subjecting them to unconsidered uses. We've been passing over their particular aesthetic qualities and contributions, skipping the lessons of palmier parts of the world, and ignoring the varied cultural needs and tolerances of the 100+ species that can be cultivated in Bay Area gardens.


Jason Dewees is the horticulturist and palm expert at Flora Grubb Gardens. He has consulted on palm collections of the Conservatory of Flowers, UC Botanical Garden, and San Francisco Botanical Garden, trained volunteers and docents on the palm family, grown thousands of palms from seed, planted palms in gardens, consulted with gardeners, landscape architects and designers on using palms in the landscape, and lectured on palms. Jason joined the Northern California Chapter of the International Palm Society at age 17 as their youngest member and offers a very local point of view on palms for Bay Area climates.

May 13, 2020

Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens

With Daniel Nolan


Landscape designer Daniel Nolan will presenting a collection of gardens from his book with Rizzoli, Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens. Each of the gardens represents a different climate and palette of plants that could be used in the Bay Area, from Texas Hill Country to Palm Springs and even Florida. Featuring the photography of Caitlin Atkinson, the presentation will cover some of Nolan’s own work as well as the work of other notable landscape designers and architects.


Daniel Nolan's work is known for combining lush plantings with minimalist hardscapes, and credits his almost 10 years at the famed Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco as his masterclass in plant identification and selection. His work now appears in some of the Bay Area's most beautiful homes and properties and has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Vogue, Elle Decor and Sunset Magazine.

June 7, 2020      Members Only   


Gamble Garden, sign-ups and more information in May newsletter.