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. PHS members receive print versions of all our publications as well as discounts on our superior educational programs and inspiring garden events, as well as reduced pricing on international and domestic PHS tours.

Become a member, renew, or extend your membership today, or give us a call at 510-849-1627.

Our Journal


Pacific Horticulture is a trusted resource for West Coast gardeners, designers, and horticulturists whose work adds beauty and inspires environmental stewardship.

All of our stories encourage readers to engage with the landscape, promote environmental literacy, and choose region-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

Staff & Board

Pamela Berstler

Pamela Berstler, Executive Director 

Pamela Berstler is an experienced landscape expert who co-founded and continues to manage G3, Green Gardens Group, an EPA WaterSense Partner and professional certifying organization that conducts outreach and education on the Watershed Approach to landscaping for homeowners and professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Pamela is a widely recognized thought leader in growing living soil as a solution to climate change.

For the past decade, Pamela has been very active with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. In 2016, G3 was named recipient of APLD’s National Leadership in Sustainability Award. In 2014, Pamela received the APLD National Service Award for her work as Legislative/Advocacy Chair of the California Chapter.  She served as President of the APLD California Chapter in 2013 and as a member of the Executive Committee from 2009 – 2016.


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.

Michelle Squitierie

Michelle Squitieri, Office Manager 

Michelle Squitieri grew up in San Francisco and Marin. She found literature at the College of Marin and transferred to Berkeley where she got three degrees in English, taught composition and literature as a grad student, and wrote a dissertation on poetry.  Michelle is experienced in office work, has worked as a private investigator, and taught for five months in southern France. For three years she taught in the writing program at UC Davis before returning to Berkeley where for 14 years she worked as a union rep for lecturers and librarians. Michelle’s husband often teaches UC Davis summer abroad courses in the UK and Europe; during those trips she has officially served as volunteer support staff, and unofficially as a co-teacher.

Michelle lives in North Berkeley and gardens a plot in the Northside Community Garden, where she served as a Garden coordinator for the past two years. Pamela has a large Amazon parrot and enjoys swimming, walking, and riding her bike. She’s an avid reader, “I have too many books and not enough time to read.”


Board Members

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, 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.


Linda McKendry, Hidden Hills, CA 

Linda McKendry was bitten by the gardening bug as a toddler growing up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania where she quickly grew to savor the taste of fresh vegetables grown by her grandfather.  Adulthood took her to a career in sales and marketing but after moving to Southern California, Linda took courses in horticulture and garden design at Pierce College, UCLA, and The Los Angeles Arboretum.  Now Linda runs a comprehensive landscape design and consulting business in Hidden Hills, California. Linda was a founder of the APLD in Los Angeles/Orange County and served on its board for seven years.


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.



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.


Sue Goetz, Tacoma, WA,  

Sue Goetz is a garden designer, writer, and speaker. As owner of The Creative Gardener she works with clients, from garden coaching to full landscape design, to personalize their outdoor spaces. Sue is the author of The Herb Lover’s Spa Book and her writing has appeared in Seattle-Tacoma based publications, the APLD magazine, Pacific Horticulture, and Fine Gardening. Sue also sits on the board of the Northwest Horticultural Society.


Loree Bohl, Portland, OR,  

Loree Bohl is a life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest. She fell in love with the vibrant horticulture community in Oregon while designing and planting her home garden in 2005. Her love for agaves, cactus, and all things spiky–along with the fact that a pug runs free in the garden–was the inspiration for the name of her blog, Danger Garden.


Jennifer Jewell, President, 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.