Each September, the Southern California Horticultural Society honors someone who has made a significant impact on horticulture in Southern California, normally with a dinner banquet and presentation, instead of holding a general meeting.
This year, John Dourley, Bill Baker, and Virginia Hayes will receive posthumous awards.
JOHN DOURLEY (1922-2015)
John was the Director of Horticulture at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden from 1967 through 1987. He began his career there with almost no prior knowledge of California native plants, but by applying sound horticultural principles he became a recognized expert, making new contributions at RSABG and getting involved in Southern California’s horticultural community. The Arctostaphylos cultivar ‘John Dourley’ remains one of the most popular mid-sized manzanitas for California native gardens.
BILL BAKER (1947-2009)
Bill was a nurseryman and plant hunter. His San Fernando Valley nursery, California Gardens, specialized in bulbs, bromeliads, epiphytic cacti and succulents. His world-renowned hybrids and selections continue to be coveted by gardeners and landscape designers, including two of his finest: Dyckia ‘Brittle Star’ and Agave ‘White Rhino’.
VIRGINIA HAYES (1950-2018)
Virginia was the Curator of the Living Collection at the Ganna Walska Lotusland for 25 years. She was regarded as a world expert on lotus (Nelumbo) and lived in a small house on the grounds for two decades, developing the plant records, library cataloguing, photographic archives, as well as Ganna Walska’s history and personal archives. Hayes’ many and varied contributions did much to catapult Lotusland into the national and international limelight.
Join us on this evening as we honor John's, Bill's, and Virginia's contributions to Southern California horticulture. Please note there will be no Plant Forum this evening.