Founded 1994
Let's Talk Plants!


With 2,143 plant species, San Diego County has more species of plants than any county in the contiguous United States. The geography of the county ranging from salt marshes, lagoons, coastal sage scrub, grasslands, chaparral, oak woodlands, stream sides, mixed conifer forests, freshwater marshes and meadows, to desert makes gardening here fascinating and complex. The San Diego Horticultural Society is dedicated to educating residents about gardening in this rich horticulture environment with many micro-climates.
Get Involved!

Gardening enthusiasts are invited to join us at our monthly meetings and other events. With the exception of June and December, our meetings are held the second Monday of the month at the Congregation Beth Israel in the UTC area. Each month, we present speakers of local, national, and international renown with specific areas of expertise. In addition to meetings, we host educational workshops, visit local gardens, and organize an annual garden tour highlighting an area or neighborhood in San Diego County. 

The only requirement to joining the San Diego Horticultural Society is a curiosity about horticulture and an interest in learning new things. We're a friendly and dynamic group, and welcome garden enthusiasts from throughout the region, from North County to South Bay. Annual membership starts at just $30.

Each month, we distribute our e-newsletter, Let’s Talk Plants!, which features fascinating articles and information on gardening topics. Even if you can’t attend meetings, our newsletters offer a trove of information. You can find the current and past issues online at

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Hort of the Year  
Every year, the Board of Directors of the San Diego Horticultural Society selects an important member of the local horticultural community to honor as our Horticulturist of the Year. The award recognizes an individual for their achievements, service, and contributions to the field of horticulture. We present the award at a private event in the gardens area of the San Diego County Fair in June. Attendance at the event is free for all SDHS Members; the award presentation takes the place of the June monthly meeting. 

 Donate   The San Diego Horticultural Society has served the local gardening community since 1994. Membership fees cover only a portion of our costs, and tax-deductible contributions help us to expand our efforts to promote horticulture in the San Diego region. Donations of any amount are welcomed and make a difference.
  • SDHS is a California public benefit corporation with no voting members.
  • SDHS's directors are elected by the Board of Directors at its annual meeting.
  • Directors serve a three-year term of office, with vacancies filled by approval of the Board until the next annual election.  Each year 3 new one-year term directors are also elected.
  • Election takes place at the September Board meeting
  • Board meetings are held the 3rd Monday of odd numbered months.
  • All SDHS directors and officers are proud to serve as volunteers.
  • The San Diego Horticultural Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting horticulture in the San Diego area. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The San Diego Horticultural Society sprang from modest seeds sown in 1994 by our founders Don and Dorothy Walker, Steve Brigham, Diana Goforth, Laurie Bussis, Bill and Linda Teague, Adele Snyder, and Kathy Musial. Their vision was to establish a friendly group of garden enthusiasts from beginners to skilled professionals to get together and share information and the joy of gardening. Our first meeting was held at San Diego Botanic Garden, then named Quail Botanical Gardens.
We grew so quickly that in just two months we had to find a larger meeting space. SDHS now has over 1100 members, and our monthly meetings are held the second Monday of the month in the UTC area at Congregation Beth Israel.

Susi Torre-Bueno served as president from 2003 to 2010 and was instrumental in growing the organization and establishing us as a San Diego institution. In 2012, Susi was honored our Horticulturist of the Year.

Jim Bishop served as president from 2011 to 2017 and was instrumental in expanding our technical capabilities to meet the technical challenges of the 21st Century.

Our Mission To inspire and educate the people of San Diego County to grow and enjoy plants, and to create beautiful, environmentally responsible gardens and landscapes.

Our Vision To champion regionally appropriate horticulture in San Diego County.


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