About Us

We aim to inspire gardeners from British Columbia to Southern California in the art of gardening, and provide the horticultural knowledge to do so successfully.

Pacific Horticulture began in 1968 when three San Francisco Bay Area societies banded together to publish a common journal. Later joined by groups in the Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles, and San Diego, we’ve become one of the most widely respected west coast gardening societies, best known for our quarterly publication Pacific Horticulture. Our five sponsoring societies are stepping stones along the Pacific coast, a shared path to friendship and the commitment to sustaining the quality of life in this region.

Enjoy what we publish here, or become a member for more benefits. Join us directly whether you live in this region or simply share similar interests, and receive discounts on the first-class educational programs and tours we offer. Or, join through one of our sponsoring societies and enjoy a camaraderie centered around the geography and climate where you live.

Staff & Board


Sarah Chase, Administrative Assistant  

Sarah Chase escaped from New Jersey 18 years ago and settled on the West Coast. She has a background in art and design, and a big love of technology. Her work experience includes a variety of general office duties, technical skills and customer support. A self described novice gardener who loves cactus and succulents, she finds Oakland, California the perfect place to call home. Sarah’s other interests include painting, sewing, and being outside with her dog Lulubelle Hounditown.  Lulubelle works at the Pacific Horticulture office as the Comfort Adviser and Break Manager when she is not found napping and snoring.  She also enjoys weeding, digging, and her ball.


Carol Moholt, Executive Director 

Carol Moholt has always gardened near the Pacific coast, as a girl growing up along the banks of the Columbia River in Oregon and as an adult in the San Francisco Bay area. She is most happy living beside the rolling coastal hills of her California home but misses the lush greenery of her northwest roots. An employee in Silicon Valley’s Apple, Inc. for nearly 20 years, she brings a keen appreciation for design and innovation to the Pacific Horticulture community. She honed her planning skills on Mountain View’s planning commission and is committed to finding creative ways to expand public gardens in dense urban settings

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Lorene Edwards Forkner, Editor 

Lorene Edwards Forkner lives and gardens in Seattle where she pursues a good and delicious life filled with family and friends together with all things horticultural, believing that the really good part is in the blending of one’s passions. Lorene is the author of five garden titles including Hortus Miscellaneous, Handmade Garden Projects and The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Pacific Northwest. She became editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine in the spring of 2012.


Board Members

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Steve Gerischer, President, Los Angeles, CA 

Steve Gerischer is a professional landscape designer and part-time teacher and lecturer. He is an accomplished watercolor artist, a member of American Society of Botanical Artists, and currently serves as president of the Southern California Horticultural Society. His horticultural expertise includes residential landscaping, drought tolerant landscaping, organic gardening and roses.


Sairus Patel, Palo Alto, CA 

Sairus is a life-long tree enthusiast and a passionate gardener. Ron Bracewell’s Trees of Stanford and Environs and Matt Ritter’s A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us have been particular inspirations (and are almost entirely to blame for his eucalyptophilia). He has been a guest lecturer and led tree tours for a Stanford course on trees. He has served on the board of Canopy, Palo Alto’s urban forest non-profit, and teaches tree identification there. At Pacific Horticulture, Sairus sits on the board, proofs and researches the plant names for the magazine, and recently served as guest co-editor for an issue focused on the urban canopy. He has embarked on revising and expanding the extensive online Trees of Stanford project. Sairus works in font technology.


Monica Martin, Vice President, San Francisco, CA 

Monica Martin has a BA in English from UC Davis and is retired from a career in business development, training and sales management.  She has long loved gardening and other outdoor pursuits.  She has a particular interest in California natives and maintains gardens in San Francisco and Bolinas, CA.  In addition to volunteering at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, she is a trustee there.


Josh Schechtel, Treasurer, San Francisco, CA 

Josh Schechtel, MD, is a pediatrician working in a neonatal intensive care unit. He is active in plant propagation, garden design and “anything horticultural.” He believes that the secret to a great garden is putting the right plant in the right place


Jill Vig, Secretary, Altadena, CA 

Jill Vig is the Curator of the Water Conservation Garden at the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden and also works as Director of Research for Ryan, Miller & Associates executive search firm. She has degrees in the liberal arts and has completed requirements for a degree in ornamental horticulture.  In a prior life she worked as a photo journalist and magazine editor.


Donald Baldocchi, Colma, CA 

Donald Baldocchi is the owner of Pacific Nurseries in Colma, CA. He studied at UC Davis, graduating with a BS in Environmental Horticulture and has training in and practices Holistic Resource Management on his family’s property. He is active in the local rodeo as well as other outdoor sports


Bob Hyland, Portland, OR 

Bob Hyland has accumulated extensive experience working as a horticulturist, garden designer, and educator on both coasts.  He spent nearly twenty years in leadership roles in public gardens education programs, including Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, the San Francisco Botanic Garden (Strybing), and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He also ran a successful consulting business for public gardens while establishing and operating Loomis Creek Nursery in New York’s Hudson Valley.  Now living in Portland, Oregon, Bob recently opened a retail shop, Contained Exuberance; he serves on the board of the Hardy Plant Society.



Bill Marken, Los Altos, CA 

Bill Marken has achieved a successful career as a garden writer, editor, and consultant, serving as editor-in-chief for Sunset Magazine, Rebecca’s Garden Magazine, EHOW.COM, Garden Design, and Organic Style.  Currently Bill is writing the column “Palette” for Landscape Architecture magazine, and also contributes to Houzz, the web-based home remodeling and decorating business. Since 2000 Bill has been teaching courses in editing and writing in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program. Bill lives in Los Altos, California.



Jennifer Jewell, Chico, CA 

Jennifer Jewell has been writing and teaching about horticulture, natural history, and the environment since 1993. She lives in Chico, California in the northeast section of the Sacramento Valley, where she produces the weekly public radio show, In a North State Garden.  Jennifer is employed as the Outreach Programs Coordinator/Curator at the Gateway Science Museum where she manages the volunteer program, develops educational programs, and curates the Native Plant and Sustainability gardens.  She has authored numerous garden articles for a variety of local, national, and international publications.


Sponsoring Societies

Western Horticultural Society

Started by a group of local nurserymen and women, Western Hort has grown over time to include plant lovers from all walks of life, novices to professionals. Membership is based in a region once filled with extensive orchards and gardens called the Valley of Heart’s Delight; today it’s known as Silicon Valley.


Southern California Horticultural Society

Also started originally by nursery professionals this group counts the formation of the much-loved Los Angeles County Arboretum as one of its achievements. Today membership is open to all who enjoy learning about and growing the astounding array of plants that thrive in the greater Los Angeles area.

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

A hub for novices and professionals in the urban San Francisco community and beyond, SFBG’s mission is to support the botanic garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and in so doing cultivate the bond between people and plants.


Northwest Horticultural Society

Based in Seattle with members throughout the Pacific Northwest, NHS offers programs for beginners and professionals and values learning from one another and outside experts, fostering life-long friendships along the way.


California Horticultural Society

Affectionately known as “Cal Hort,” this San Francisco society is the oldest garden association in California. Lively plant discussions are a highlight of monthly meetings where members have shared information about many thousands of species over its 66-year history.


Contact Us

Pacific Horticulture Society
P.O. Box 5995
Berkeley, CA 94705

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