2015 Spring Garden Tour

Gardens Then and Now

Saturday,  April 11, 2015 9:00 AM  to 4:00 PM 

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Rediscover the Romance of San Diego’s Garden Legacy

We are partnering with the San Diego Floral Association for this year's Garden Tour that commemorates the Centennial of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park.

The gardens selected for our tour showcase some of the best private home gardens inspired by the Exposition with landscapes that feature outdoor living spaces marked by patios, fountains, pools, tile work and plantings that will take you back to our romanticized Mission past.  Join us to visit what originally drew so many people -- and perhaps you -- to San Diego and see how this legacy has been preserved and enhanced in gardens in neighborhoods near Balboa Park.  

SDHS and SDFA members who VOLUNTEER to help with the tour receive FREE ADMISSION to the tour. 

Avoid the ticket purchase lines and receive the tour map in email on April 9 by purchasing tickets online in advance.  You'll be able to start the tour at any garden.  SDHS and SDFA members receive a $5 discount on tickets.

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March Featured Garden 
Guided Nature Walk at San Elijo Lagoon

Saturday,  March 7th  1 PM  - 3 PM

Join us for and early spring a guided nature walk of San Elijo Lagoon.  You'll learn about the native plants and learn about the ecology of this lagoon that makes this a special place. The walk starts at the Solana Beach side of the Lagoon where we will break into small groups for a private tour.


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Guests $15

March Meeting 
Eucalyptus: The The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Monday,  March 9th  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

Dr. Matt Ritter returns to with an engaging and entertaining talk on Eucalyptus. Eucalypts are the most recognizable and controversial non-native trees in California. In the regions where they are conspicuous landscape features, they are either admired as aesthetically valuable heritage trees and monarch butterfly habitat, or demonized as America’s largest weeds. Matt Ritter will explore the history, ecology, and uses of eucalypts in California landscapes and survey appropriate small, drought tolerant species. Join him for an in depth look at this fascinating and misunderstood group of trees.


Members free

Guests $15


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Special April Meeting 
Jon Rebman
Curator of Botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Monday,  April 13th  6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM

We've reserved the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park (theNat) for the Society's exclusive use for this very special meeting. 

Members and guests will be able to tour the theNAT’s exhibits including their newest exhibit, Coast to Cactus in Southern Californiaafter a presentation by Jon Rebman, theNat’s Curator of the Botany and our 2011 Horticulturalist of the Year. Jon will share the museum’s remarkable history documenting San Diego County Flora for more than 100 years.  

San Diego County has more biodiversity than any other county in North America and, along with the rest of California, is among the top 10 biodiversity regions on earth. The museum will also display some rare botanical books and specimens in its collections.

  • Registration is limited to 300 people
  • Members are $10 
  • Non-members (registration opens February 10th) are $15 

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Balboa Park Centennial Celebration 
Don't miss these Centennial Events!


  • April 11th – Our annual garden tour - Gardens Then and Now - See below for more information
  • April 13th – a special meeting at the Balboa Park Natural History Museum (theNAT). Members and guests will be able to tour the theNAT’s newest exhibit, Coast to Cactus in Southern California before and after a presentation by Jon Rebman, theNat’s Curator of the Botany. Jon was also our 2011 Horticulturalist of the Year honoree. Jon will share the museum’s remarkable history documenting San Diego County flora for more than 100 years.
  • May 9th – the park celebrates the Garden Party for the Century
  • June 5th to July 5th – The San Diego County Fair Garden Show exhibits will honor the gardens of Balboa Park.

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. 

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Monthly Meetings

Mon, March 09, 2015 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mon, April 13, 2015 6:00 PM • The Natural History Museum in Balboa Park
Mon, May 11, 2015 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Featured Gardens

Sat, March 07, 2015 1:00 PM • Solana Beach


Wed, March 25, 2015 10:00 AM • Leucadia

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