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

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.


Board Members

Linda McKendry, Agoura 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 Agoura 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


Richard Hayden, Palo Alto, CA 

Richard Hayden is the Garden Director for the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, a 2.5 acre public garden in Palo Alto, California. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2017, He was the Head Gardener for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and enjoyed a long career as a Los Angeles based landscape designer. He also serves on the board of the Western Horticulture Society and the Bay Area District of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. 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.