Spring Garden Tour
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Saturday, April 2  
9 AM to 4 PM

This year's tour showcases nine 
wonderfully diverse private gardens 
in Carmel Valley and Del Mar

Garden Descriptions                Featured Plants 

Volunteer - Members Only

February Meeting 
Dave Ericson
Think Outside the Box: Thirty Design and Horticultural Techniques for Creating Perfect Pairing, Focal Points and More…

Monday,  February 8  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

Dave Ericson, horticulturist, landscape designer and mentor, shares his experiences designing creative landscapes throughout Southern California for over 40 years.

Thinking outside the box will be the primary focus of Dave’s presentation. Drawing from his lifelong experience in landscaping and gardening, Dave will present thirty different design and horticultural techniques, covering topics ranging from irrigation and drainage design to advanced design and maintenance techniques. 

Doors open at 6 PM.  Shop our vendors, renew your membership, check out the plant forum table or mingle. The presentation starts at 6:45
  • Members free 
  • Guests $15
  • Parking free for everyone

Garden Tour
Tour Guide: Robert Kopfstein
Gardens of Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
March 13-18, 2016

Registration Closes Feb 12th!

Every other year SDHS hosts a multiday out of town tour for members. Our tour for 2016 is March 13-18 to visit the gardens of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Our tour guide is president of the San Diego Bromeliad Society, Robert Kopfstein.        

Our home for all 5 nights is the Posada de Roger , a quaint Mexican-style hotel in downtown Puerto Vallarta surrounded by beautiful gardens and authentic Mexican architecture. The hotel is within walking distance of many markets, shops, and cafes in the area and is located one block from the main beach in Old Town. 

The tour visits the Vallarta Botanic Gardens, the old mining town of San Sebastian de Oeste, Cabo Corrientes the southernmost point of the Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags) on the Pacific coast of the Mexican state of Jalisco, and several other gardens and locations. This is a small tour and expected to sell out quickly.

March Meeting 
Stephanie Shigematsu, Danny Simpson, Christy Powell  & Michael Letzring
100 Years of Zoo Horticulture 

Monday,  March 14  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

Don’t miss this special presentation by the San Diego Zoo Horticulture team on 100 years of zoo horticulture.

They will discuss the many landscape changes and developments in the last century that contributed to the San Diego Zoo being named in 2015 the number one zoo in the world by the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards!

The presentation showcases the significant horticulture events, starting in 1916 with the founder  Dr. Harry Wegeforth's dream to create "a capacious sylvan zoo with a luxuriant growth of trees" to today's accredited horticulture collections and far reaching conservation efforts.  The speakers explore the zoo’s early history, significant horticulture events, showcase the extensive plant collections, the critical browse program (growing plants for animal health and welfare), and review their involvement in international plant collaborations and conservation efforts, illustrating how the San Diego Zoo still flourishes after 100 years.

Doors open at 6 PM.  Shop our vendors, renew your membership, check out the plant forum table or mingle. The presentation starts at 6:45
  • Members free 
  • Guests $15
  • Parking free for everyone

A Day at the Huntington  
Wednesday, April 20 7:00 AM -7:30 PM
Bus Tour to the Huntington Botanical Garden


Hop aboard our private motorcoach for a full-day excursion to the Huntington Botanical Gardens.   We'll start with private small group docent-led tours of the Chinese Garden, among the largest Chinese-style gardens outside China. Designed to promote the rich traditions of Chinese culture, the garden is truly a cross-cultural effort. Architects and artisans from China worked alongside California builders and gardeners. As a result, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance combines the botanical with the artistic and scholarly.

Lunch is on your own at either the Cafe or the legendary Rose Garden Tea Room. Afterwards you have the afternoon to explore the rest of the Huntington Botanical Gardens or Museums on your own, including the new California Garden (shown at top). 

We'll head back to San Diego in late afternoon, arriving early evening.

$89 SDHS members
$99 non-members

SDHS is a Pacific Horticulture Partner 
Join or Renew Today  

Pacific Horticulture believes in the power of gardens to enrich people’s lives and inspire environmental stewardship. 

A west-coast based organization founded in 1968, Pacific Horticulture brings horticulturists, designers, and passionate gardeners together to share knowledge through our publications, seminars, and tours.  Pacific Horticulture magazine is widely recognized for its horticultural accuracy, engaging text, and beautiful photographs. As part of their mission to inspire west coast gardeners their website offers an archive of past articles dating back to 2000, available to anyone that visits their website.

SDHS members can join at a special rate $24/year - a savings of $16 off retail price. Membership includes a one-year subscription to the magazine; advance notice for tours and special events; and the popular electronic newsletter. 

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Monthly Meetings

Mon, March 14, 2016 6:00 PM (PDT) • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mon, April 11, 2016 6:00 PM (PDT) • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mon, May 09, 2016 6:00 PM (PDT) • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Garden Tours

Sun, March 13, 2016 8:00 AM (PDT) • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Sat, April 02, 2016 8:15 AM (PDT) • Del Mar and Carmel Valley
Sat, April 02, 2016 9:00 AM (PDT) • Carmel Valley & Del Mar

Featured Gardens

Fri, March 04, 2016 2:00 PM (PST) • Del Mar Fairgrounds


No workshops currently scheduled. Contact Workshops@sdhort.org if you would like to host a workshop.

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