About the Society

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 six 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.


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.

 


Editor & Staff

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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.


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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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Nancy Swearengen, Advertising Mgr | Bookkeeper 

Nancy Swearengen is a Berkeley native and a graduate of the University of California who began her professional life in the Financial Services industry. After studying botany and ecology as a volunteer at the U.C. Botanical Garden, Nancy later joined the UCBG professional staff where she specialized in interpreting botanical and other natural history subjects and arranged educational field trips and study tours throughout the West. She’s been an active leader in the international Mediterranean Garden Society since the early 1990’s and enjoys contacts with gardeners the world over. Her practical business experience and plant world connections bring extraordinary breadth to Pacific Horticulture.


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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.


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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.


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Board Members

Abby Garner, Los Altos, CA 

Abigail (Abby) Garner is a consultant in medical technology assessment for WingTech, Inc. She has an MA in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. She volunteers as a UCCE Master Gardener giving presentations on various gardening topics and also enjoys handcrafts.


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Andrea Testa-Vought, Palo Alto, CA 

Andrea Testa-Vought is an avid gardener with a special interest in Mediterranean regional plants and drought tolerant and sustainable gardens. She has a BA in Anthropology from University of California Santa Cruz and worked as a Product Marketing Manager for Diasonics. She is a past board member of Friends of the Palo Alto Libraries, is a Fellow of The Garden Conservancy, and volunteers at the Gamble Garden in Palo Alto.


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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.

 


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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.

 


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Bracey Tiede, San Jose, CA 

Bracey Tiede, a retired software engineer, has volunteered with the UCCE Master Gardeners since 1999 and served the Northern California branch of the Mediterranean Garden Society as co-chair.  She is an active member of Western Horticultural Society and California Native Plant Society.  As a founder of the Going Native Garden Tour, she is passionate about native as well as Mediterranean climate plants.


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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


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Greg Graves, President, Graham, WA 

Greg Graves was the head gardener of the Miller Botanic Garden and now is at Old Goat Farm. He has a BS in Environmental Science and an AA in Landscape Design and Ornamental Horticulture. Prior to his current position and passion he worked for Burlington Northern for many years.


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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.


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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.


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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


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Judy Bradley, Portland, OR 

From the time she could walk, Judy Bradley was learning to garden from her beloved horticulturist grandfather. Judy is a recent  transplant to Portland, Oregon after living most of her life in California, and is delving into an exciting new gardening community. She is retired from a long career in fund raising for nonprofits, has served on several nonprofit boards, and received her BA degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University.


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Michael Craib, Watsonville, CA 

Michael Craib has been a sales representative for Suncrest Nurseries, Inc., for the past seventeen years selling to retail nurseries from San Francisco to San Diego.  He studied Ornamental Horticulture and Botany at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  He also serves on the board of the California Horticultural Society and the California Native Garden Foundation.  Michael has interned at Yerba Buena Nursery in San Mateo County and is interested in anything having to do with Mediterranean gardening, plants and design.


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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.


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Pat Wipf, San Francisco, CA 

Pat Wipf volunteers at the San Francisco Botanical Garden and was a trustee there for seven years.  For the past six years, she and Patsy Kobe, along with Bob Fiorello, have been responsible for the ongoing design of its Zellerbach garden.  Pat is also a pastel artist with a MFA in painting.


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Sairus Patel, Palo Alto, CA 

Sairus Patel’s interest in ornamental horticulture spans its literature, cultural communication, and diversity of interpersonal interplay, in addition to the plants themselves. He has discovered that his intrigue in the detail of eucalyptus identification mirrors the minute variation between taxa in the Font Kingdom. Sairus works in typeface technology and serves on the board of Canopy, the urban forestry non-profit in Palo Alto.


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Wendy Welch, Seattle, WA 

Wendy Welch combines a passion for plants and good design with an ardent commitment to environmental stewardship in her landscape design practice. For more than 15 years she has worked with residential clients throughout the Pacific Northwest to create, install, and maintain gardens uniquely suited to each garden owner.  Her award-winning garden installations have been featured at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and she is on the design team of the innovative Seattle Children’s PlayGarden.


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