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MONTHLY MEETING: 20 South African Plants Every Home Landscaper Should Know About

Speaker: Frank McDonough.

On Monday, September 11, 2017, the San Diego Horticultural Society welcomes botanist and Botanical Information Consultant for Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Frank McDonough.

The current record drought has drawn attention to low water use landscaping in general and to South African plants. Many parts of South Africa, including the exceptionally diverse Cape Floristic Provence, host non-thirsty and usually non-invasive plants that are both visually pleasing and attention getting. Botanist Frank McDonough will discuss twenty stunning, hardy, and currently available offerings that every landscape designer, professional or amateur, should have in their plant palate.

Currently the Los Angeles County Arboretum’s Botanical Information Consultant, Frank McDonough has 35 years’ experience in horticulture. He identifies plants, pests, and diseases for Arboretum staff, the County of Los Angeles, businesses, and private individuals. His televised California State University Dominguez Hills class on gardening and landscaping culture in Los Angeles ran from 2004 until 2008 and garnered thousands of viewers. Frank gives popular classes in plant taxonomy and night photography, a monthly overview of what’s hot in horticulture, and gives specialized tours, including the regularly sold out Fall Foliage and Valentine’s Day Love Plants tours.

The evening’s activities start at 6:00 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego. Parking is free and everyone is welcome. Admission is free for SDHS members and $15 for non-members. For more information, call (619) 296-9215 or visit

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