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,...
The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers always has something in bloom.  There is one entire exhibit room full of delights, the Potted Plants Gallery, that always requires a careful look. In the Gallery at the moment are dozens of orchids...
There is much positive news these days about regenerative agriculture.  Ranchers and farmers are finding new ways to restore carbon to the earth and work with ecosystems rather than plow and destroy them. Learn how holistic rangeland management creates healthier...
It's a great year for California wildflowers and I finally was able to photograph Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve. It was my fourth try in 16 years. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a State Natural Reserve in Lancaster and part of...
The Saratoga Horticultural Research Endowment (SHRE) gives sizable grants that foster the introduction of new and improved plant materials for California gardens and landscapes. The current funding cycle and request for proposals is open until April 16.  Spread the word. Every...
Matthew Stephens arrived in San Francisco from New York.  With a masters degree in Public Horticulture and years of planting literally a million trees in New York City, you would think he knows a lot about gardening. Now, as the...