The California Garden and Landscape History Society (CGLHS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.

Ruth Bancroft Garden
The Ruth Bancroft Garden, Photo: ruthbancroftgarden.org

Our aims:

  • to celebrate the beauty and diversity of California’s historic gardens and landscapes
  • to promote wider knowledge, preservation, and restoration of California’s historic gardens and landscapes
  • to organize study visits to historic gardens and landscapes as well as to relevant archives and libraries
  • to offer opportunities for a lively interchange among members at meetings, garden visits and other events

Conferences and Other Events:

We hold an annual conference at diverse locations around California. The conference focuses on the landscape history of a region. Lectures, receptions, tours of private and public gardens as well as cultural landscapes are highlights on the conference. Opportunities are offered to visit archives, nurseries, and to network with people of similar interests at receptions, luncheons, and tours.

We also hold one-day events throughout the state. Members come together to explore a cultural landscape, or to celebrate well-known garden designers, or visit an important archive. For example, among the events, in 2010 we visited the Scripps College Campus (Claremont, Calif.) and the King Gillette Ranch (Calabasas, Calif.)

Our Journal:

Eden: The Journal of the California Garden and Landscape History Society is published quarterly. It includes articles based on original research, reprints from other sources of interest to our members, relevant book reviews, news, and a calendar of garden & landscape events throughout the state.

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Shinn Japanese Garden (Photo: S. Raube)