We envision a resilient world dependent on the thoughtful cultivation of plants

Our History

We are forward-thinking. For over 50 years West Coast gardeners looked to the pages of our award-winning quarterly journal for information and inspiration on growing plants in the distinctive Mediterranean climate of the West Coast. Our heritage is a point of pride and what got us here today. We honor that heritage by carrying it forward to focus on the future and what is to come.

Pacific Horticulture magazine

The rich history of Pacific Horticulture was captured in the pages of its journal. Pacific Horticulture grew to be a trusted resource read by gardeners, designers, and horticulturists on the West Coast and around the globe beginning in 1968.


Articles about Pacific Horticulture’s History

A Brief History of Pacific Horticulture… in Their Own Words, By Gary Bernhardt, Jan. 2001

A brief history, excerpted from the writings of Pacific Horticulture’s editors and foundation presidents.

Our Sponsoring Societies, By Chris Tebbutt, Oct. 2001

Pacific Horticulture was originally published by the Pacific Horticultural Foundation. This brief story describes each of the original five sponsoring organizations.

The Days of Compost and Conservation, By George Waters, July 2001

As part of a celebration of silver, honoring twenty-five years of Pacific Horticulture, our editor emeritus concludes his series on the origins of the magazine and its contribution to Western horticulture.

Sunday in the Garden with W. George Waters (1925-2018), By Richard G. Turner, Jr. & Russell Beatty, Sept. 2018

The authors reflect upon nearly forty-years of friendship with George Waters, who served as Pacific Horticulture’s editor from 1975-1996.

Celebrating our 35th Year!, By Richard G. Turner, Jr., Jan. 2010

Pacific Horticulture’s editor, Richard G Turner Jr, reflects on 35 years of publication.

From Our Sponsoring Societies, by Chris Tebbutt. A docent tour of the Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, led by a volunteer from the Strybing Arboretum Society. Photograph by RGT

Journal of the California Horticultural Society, April 1945; California Horticultural Journal, April 1968.
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