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As George Waters has explained in previous articles tracing its history, Pacific Horticulture is published by the Pacific Horticultural Foundation. This non-profit foundation was established in 1968, sponsored initially by three horticultural societies in the Bay Area, with groups in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest joining at a later date; Pacific Horticulture is offered as a benefit of membership in each. Here we offer a brief story about each of our five sponsoring organizations that continue to support the foundation and to guide the direction of the magazine.

Two predecessors of Pacific Horticulture, published by the California Horticultural Society between 1940 and 1975
California Horticultural Society
FREDERICK COE

In 1932, the vagaries of our usually stable Bay Area weather led to the founding of the California Horticultural Society. That winter, a mass of cold air drove temperatures well below freezing for a number of days in early December; the ground froze several inches deep in shaded areas. Many plants, including established trees were damaged or killed outright.

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