Hi, In the past some of the members of this group who live within driving distance of the San Francisco Bay area have met at the meetings of the California Horticultural Society when there was a speaker talking about bulbs. This is true of their February 20, 2012 meeting so I am providing detail for anyone who might be interested. February 20, 2012 Meeting Bulbs of South Africa by Ernesto Sandoval Do you like bulbs? Ernesto Sandoval, director of the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, will be talking about his experience growing South African bulbs. Come see his photographs and learn about the diversity in foliage and flower, as well as the horticultural needs of these bulbs and some of the reasons why South Africa has so many of them. Also, Ernesto will be bringing bulbs and other botanical beauties for you to buy for benefit of your garden and that of the Botanical Conservatory. Nerine, Lachenallia, Albuca, Cyrtanthus and an assortment of other bulbs including a few CA natives will be available, as well as less common aloes and other succulents from South Africa and elsewhere. Nearly all of these species are quite suitable for and tested in Northern California. Monthly meetings are held at the San Francisco County Fair Building, Ninth Avenue at Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park. Free parking is available behind the San Francisco County Fair Building on Lincoln Way. Each meeting you can attend one or more of these events: 4:00 pm – Botanical gardens walk with the featured speaker. Meet at the entrance to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. 5:30 pm – No-host dinner will take place at Park Chow Restaurant, located at 1240 Ninth Avenue in San Francisco. 7:15 pm – Announcements, Plant Forum, and Program Meeting will be held at the San Francisco County Fair Building. Cal Hort members may attend for FREE. Non-members – a donation of $5 is requested.