Ron Parsons will be speaking at the California Horticultural Society meeting on February 17, 2008. The meeting is at the Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA. The subject of Ron's talk is "Wildflowers and Plants of Central Mexico" and it will include photographs of the various Mexican Calochortus species, as welll as various other bulbs, wildflowers, cacti and other interesting plants. Some of Ron's photos are featured on his website: http:// http://www.flowershots.net/INDEX.html On the third Monday of every month (except December) at 7:15 p.m., members meet in the County Fair Building at The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum for exciting monthly slide/ lecture programs by expert guest speakers, followed by the Plant Forum, a presentation of plants brought in by members for discussion. A drawing of some of the best and newest plants donated by sponsoring nurseries rounds out the evening. Gardeners, professional nurserymen, amateurs and academics all meet to share plant information and experiences. In the past 66 years, over 6,000 different species of plants have been shown and discussed. You can meet the speakers for a walk through Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at 4:00 in front of the Strybing bookstore. If you're not a member, there is a Guest Fee of $5. Ron and his co-author, Mary Gerritsen, will both be there to sign copies of their new book "Calochortus, Mariposa Lilies and Their Relatives".