The Covid-19 pandemic began as spring started, but spring was not cancelled - only humans needed to stop and think about our every move.  Public gardens needed to close as the virus peaked and needed to assess risks to...

Go Find Beauty

Once upon a time, before the COVID virus kept us sheltering in the place, we might have spent an April day visiting gardens or traveling to some special place where we were sure to be thrilled by spring. Now most...
Can't get out to visit gardens?   Visit our Public Gardens photo galleries for a virtual visual reminder of the beauty to be found in the plant world. Almost everybody seems to be required to shelter in place these days....
Professional flower photographer shares some tips from photo shoot
The Wildlands Conservancy opened the first phase of the Southern California Montane Botanic Garden at Oak Glen Preserve in San Bernardino Mountains in the spring of 2014. I first heard about the preserve at a California native plant conference where...
A recent report from the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) indicates 7 trillion particles of microplastic are entering the San Francisco Bay per year through stormwater. SFEI report. Almost half of this can be traced to the rubbery polymers of...

The Summer-Dry Project

The Summer-Dry Project is an all encompassing mission to help gardeners have success in summer dry climates. The project has evolved from a catchy phrase to redefine mediterranean gardening techniques, to books, a website, and now The Summer-Dry Project is part...

Botanical Alaska

Botanical Alaska is a tour with Pacific Horticulture Society organized by Betchart Expeditions. It is a land tour of the native ecosystems and botanic gardens from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula to Fairbanks including Denali National Park. It is...

Photographers in Alaska

On the recent Pacific Horticulture Society tour of Alaska everybody was a photographer. The Botanical Alaska tour was organized through PacHort, and unlike many of our tours, instead of gardens, this one concentrated on natural areas and wildflowers. But like...

Western Hills Turns 60

Western Hills Garden is celebrating its 60th anniversary and having party May 25 and 26. Begun as a homestead in 1959 by legendary plantsmen, Marshall Olbrich and Lester Hawkins, it became one of the most influential gardens on the West Coast,...