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A Brief History of Pacific Horticulture… in Their Own Words

Articles: A Brief History of Pacific Horticulture… in Their Own Words

Much has been written over the past twenty-five years about the evolution of Pacific Horticulture. This brief history, excerpted from the writings of editors and foundation presidents, will, we hope, provide the reader of today with a sense of the magnitude of this project, the dedication of individuals involved in its production and distribution, and the meager resources that have supported it.
George Waters, editor 1976-1997

When, in the 1940s, Sydney Mitchell produced the first issue of the Journal of the California Horticultural Society, he also took the first step on a path that led in 1976 to the introduction of Pacific Horticulture.

In launching the journal, Mitchell and his friends were at the crest of a wave of popular enthusiasm for gardening. The California Horticultural Society they helped into existence was still young, the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 had generated great interest in gardening through the plants displayed there, and Eric Walther was planting the first few acres of a new botanic garden, known as Strybing Arboretum, at the corner of Golden Gate Park…
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