Pacific Horticulture Society

The Portland, Oregon garden of Bob Hyland and Andrew Beckman. Photo: Lorene Edwards Forkner

The Portland, Oregon garden of Bob Hyland and Andrew Beckman. Photo: Lorene Edwards Forkner

Exploring beautiful gardens connected to the world at large.

We believe in the value of environmental literacy and the power of gardens to enrich lives and heal our environment. We know you feel the same way.

Whether you’ve been with us for years or are new to Pac Hort, we invite you to join us as we move into our next 50 years.

Read PHS’s 2018 Annual Report to catch up with the changes PHS initiated over the past year, and learn more about the partnerships and programming coming to life for gardeners in the Pacific region.

This is an exciting time. We’re bringing cutting-edge horticulture and emerging environmental science to our community through new programs, our much-loved publications, and expanded relationships with place-based organizations from B.C. to Baja.



Pacific Horticulture quarterly magazine has been a trusted resource for West Coast gardeners, designers, and horticulturists for over 50 years.

Stories encourage readers to engage with the landscape, promote environmental literacy, and choose climate-appropriate plants within a framework of good design and beautiful gardens. Our goal is to foster curiosity and respect for natural systems—pollinators and insects, the preservation of healthy soil, and factor in the impact of a changing climate. Our contributors are knowledgeable and experienced gardeners who have their hands in the dirt.

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Contact Us

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

Board Members

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


Richard Hayden, Los Angeles, CA 

Richard Hayden lives in Los Angeles and works for the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County where he is the Special Assistant to the President and Project Liaison engaged in the reimagining of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum and 11 acre landscape. He served as  the Garden Director for the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, a 2.5 acre public garden in Palo Alto, California from 2017 to 2019. He began his career in public horticulture as the Head Gardener for the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of LAC after enjoying  a 25 year career as a Los Angeles based landscape designer.  He is strong proponent and communicator of resilient, organic garden practices including soil health, wildlife habitat, climate appropriate plants and water conservation. He has a BA in Theatre and Film from the University of Michigan, and a certificate in Horticulture and Garden Design from UCLA. Richard is also an ISA certified arborist. (Photo: Nadine Priestley)


Laura Wilson, San Jose, CA 

Laura Wilson is a garden advocate, organizer and communicator with a professional background in horticulture and advertising design. She co-founded Hudson Valley Garden Association, a non-profit organization whose mission was to stimulate passion for gardening and to support and promote local garden resources through educational events and media outreach. Laura was the West Coast Regional Coordinator for the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program in 2016. She volunteers on the Garden Committee at the Steindorf STEAM School (where she dreams of building a garden campus) and sits on the Board of the Western Horticultural Society.


Princess Norman, San Diego, CA 

Diane goes by her middle name, Princess (a namesake of her grandmother), and lives in Ramona, CA., a rural area in the foothills of San Diego County. She has been a board member of the San Diego Horticultural Society and has a strong history of involvement with the UCCE San Diego Master Gardener Program and The Water Conservation Garden (Cuyamaca). Her love of gardening began as a child in Hawaii and grew as she embraced the local native California landscape in her own garden which features an underlying design by Greg Rubin, author of The California Native Landscape. Princess is an avid traveler on PHS tours, which provide her with inspiration and wonder revealed in magnificent gardens and landscapes, and through the friendships made with fellow garden lovers.


Saxon Holt, Marin County, CA,  

Saxon Holt is a professional garden photographer and Fellow of the Garden Writers Association. He owns a self-publishing site for garden photography and an online resource for gardeners in summer-dry regions. As a photojournalist, Saxon seeks out sustainable agricultural and horticultural best practices and focuses on ways we can harmonize with nature.  He lives and gardens in an Oak-Madrone woodland in Marin County.