Creating and Preserving Healthy Grassland Ecosystems

A Benefit for Pacific Horticulture Society

It’s Pacific Horticulture Society’s much-anticipated Spring Fundraiser! Take this unique opportunity to support the mission and programming of PHS, and join us for a special day of exploration and learning at Gabilan Ranch, a private cattle ranch outside of San Juan Bautista, CA.


Saturday, May 11, 2019
10am-5pm
Gabilan Cattle Company, San Juan Bautista, CA

Minimum Donation:
$250 for PHS members
$300 for non-members (includes new membership to PHS)

Register online here or call 510-849-1627 for more information.


Learn how holistic rangeland management creates healthier grasslands and helps reverse climate change by building soils and drought resilience. Observe first hand how plants have evolved to grow optimally under the existing circumstances of their native environment – foraged by grazers, trampled as herds race to escape predators, benefitting from animal waste, and withstanding summer dry conditions. Leave with an expanded appreciation and understanding of nature’s complex web, and consider how we – as gardeners – can more closely mimic nature in our own landscapes for the benefit of all: plants, planet, and people.

This unique experience is hosted by longtime PHS supporter and board member, Don Baldocchi. Event includes lunch, a brief history of the property, an in-depth discussion about holistic land management with ranch manager, Jeff Mundell, a guided tour of the cattle operation, and hike to the property’s most scenic locations. The day concludes with casual cocktails on the ranch house porch.


PACIFIC HORTICULTURE SOCIETY  promotes horticultural and environmental literacy by increasing awareness of how the power of gardens enriches people’s lives and helps heal the planet. Proceeds from this event will help fund PacHort’s programming on cutting-edge horticulture and emerging environmental science and producing the high quality plant-driven content we’re known for.


– Registration is required and space is limited
– Rain or shine; bring rain gear
– Dress for outdoors: wear layers, jacket, hat, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes
– This is a private home/working ranch, wheelchair accessibility may be limited
– Hike is not on a trail and includes both uphill/downhill elevation
– Pets not permitted
– Directions will be provided upon registration
– Guests will be asked to sign a liability waiver upon arrival

Hotel rooms are available for out-of-town guests at nearby Hacienda de Leal Hotel in San Juan Bautista at a special PHS discounted rate. For more information and to secure your reservation, call the hotel directly at 831-623-4385.

Cancellation/refund policy: Thank you for supporting the Pacific Horticulture Society. If you need to cancel your reservation, a 50% refund can be issued if requested prior to one week before the fundraiser date; no refunds can be given within one week of the event. We appreciate your donation, and encourage you to send a friend in your place if you can’t attend.

Register for Creating and Preserving Healthy Grassland Ecosystems here.

If you would like to support Pacific Horticulture Society but aren’t able to attend, please consider making a one-time contribution or recurring monthly gift to support the future of PHS to and sustain our work. Donate today.