Volunteer at our Garden Exhibit at the Fair
Volunteer as Garden Host
Morning and afternoon shifts available

 June 6 to July 5

Our Exhibition Garden with installation team and awards

Have you reserved your spot as a Garden Host Volunteer at our exhibit during the San Diego County Fair? Be part of our largest outreach to the San Diego Community. Answer questions and distribute information for a few hours about our exhibit, water conservation, the San Diego County Water Authority and the San Diego Horticultural Society and you will get free entry to the Fair. 

Members Only


Learn More about the SD County Fair exhibit:

Click on button below to download File:

Exhibit Handout:

Exhibit Handout 

Signs in the Garden:

Exhibit Sign Ideas to Take Home Alcazar Garden Spanish Gardens 


Awards we won  Awards we gave 

San Diego County Water Authority Files:

Letter to Garden Volunteers  - Information and links to SDCWA sites and Free Tools

Nifty Fifty - Plants for WaterSmart Landscapes 

SDCWA Postcard  

Residential Rebates - List of Water Authority Rebates and Programs 

July Meeting 
Martin Grantham
Rush to Restios: Choices for San Diego Gardens
Monday,  July 13  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM


Martin Grantham, SFSU botanist who formerly curated the restios collection at UC Santa Cruz, has visited South Africa, where these plants originate, and test grown some 100 different species.

Martin’s presentation focuses on the plant families most closely associated with Fynbos communities, the Restionacae, or Restios, along with Proteas, Ericas, and a number of the more unusual, attractive, and grow-able plants.  The Western Cape is one of the world’s 5 Mediterranean Climate zones, so the plants there experience summer drought. But the Cape has the highest rainfall of the 5 zones, so we must be selective of which plants we can successfully grow in California. 

The presentation starts at 6:45

  • Members free 
  • Guests $15
  • Parking free for everyone

2015 Horticulturist of the Year 
Kathy Puplava
First Balboa Park Horticulturist

We are proud to recognize Kathy Puplava as our 2015 Horticulturist of the Year Honoree. Kathy was the first Balboa Park Horticulturist. In 1980, Kathy was hired at the Wild Animal Park t and eventually became a plant propagator in the nursery. In 1985, she transferred to the San Diego Zoo. She was hired by the City of San Diego, Park & Recreation Department in 1988 as the first Balboa Park Horticulturist.

In the 1980s, she was a founding member of a network group called Professional Women’s Horticulture and Landscape Association. 

In 1998, The San Diego Foundation funded a grant to conduct a Balboa Park Tree Survey to not only map, but also to catalog the trees and evaluate the health of the urban forest. And in 2001 with Paul Sirois, they published the Trees and Gardens of Balboa Park. The goal of the book was to help that visitors develop an appreciation of the Park by using the book as a field guide to locate and visit the trees and gardens.

Learn about Kathy Puplava

SDHS is now a Pacific Horticulture Partner 
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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. 

Click Here to Join Today - Enter Discount code SDHS2015 for the special SDHS member rate

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Monthly Meetings

Mon, July 13, 2015 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mon, August 10, 2015 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mon, September 14, 2015 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Volunteer - SD Fair Garden Host (Choose Week Below)

Tue, June 30, 2015 9:30 AM • SD Hort Society Exhibit at the San Diego Fairgrounds

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Sat, July 11, 2015 9:30 AM • Poway

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