October Meeting 
Nan Sterman
Hot Colors, Dry Garden
Monday,  October 12  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM



We love garden colors.  Red, purple, orange, green, blue... most of us want them all!  So as we weed out the too thirsty plants from our gardens, many gardeners worry about losing the color.   Can a drought tolerant garden be colorful and beautiful?  Absolutely.

In this talk, garden author, designer, and television personality Nan Sterman presents a preview of her upcoming book, Hot Colors, Dry Garden, to be published by Timber Press in 2017.  Hot Colors is about how to create beautiful and colorful gardens that need little if any water, along with the best plants for the job.   In this talk, Nan will focus on a selection of the many dry growing plants that offer great color.  She’ll also give you a sneak peak at some of the gardens she is featuring in her book.

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

November Meeting 
Designer Panel
Small is Beautiful: Design Ideas for Small Spaces
Monday,  November 9,   6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM


Amelia B. Lima


Susanna Pagan


Limited space doesn’t rule out beautiful garden design. Learn how to transform minimal spaces – a courtyard, balcony or urban backyard – into garden showcases in this program, our annual panel of talented local landscape designers.  This year we welcome Susanna Pagan of SP Gardens, Amelia B. Lima of Amelia B Lima & Associates, Inc., and Koby of Koby’s Garden Alchemy, Inc. They will help those with space challenges discover how to organize small gardens into defined areas and demonstrate ways to create the illusion of larger spaces by going vertical, designing along diagonals and using containers. Other key strategies for maximizing space will be illustrated with photos of garden design solutions from around the county. Don’t miss this inspired presentation timed to help you make the most of San Diego’s enviable fall planting season.

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

December Meeting 
Clayton Tschudy 
Waterwise Lessons from the Garden
Monday,  December 14  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM



Many of us have visited the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon (theGarden).  Director of Horticulture and Exhibits, Clayton Tschudy, will update us on the ecology landscaping and other waterwise lessons from theGarden.

Founded in response to the drought of the late 90’s, the Water Conservation Garden has nearly 20 years of experience in the local use of drought tolerant plants and xeriscape garden management.  Clayton Tschudy will discuss the successes and challenges faced by theGarden over the years and innovations being undertaken in response to the current drought crisis, such as bioswale water capture, cutting edge irrigation technologies, and hugelkultur trenching for improved drought tolerance in trees. Additionally, he will lecture on the Garden’s new Native Habitat, a drought tolerant landscape based on ecological principles and local plant diversity that features habitat components for native butterflies.

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

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 Puerta 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.  To find out more and reserve your spot, go to SterlingTours and click on "Puerto Vallarta".  


2016 Spring Garden Tour
Save the Date 
Gardens of Del Mar
Saturday,  April 2  9AM  - 4PM



This year's tour showcases the wonderfully diverse private gardens in neighborhoods near Del Mar

Ticket Sales Begin January, 2016 

Check back for more information

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 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. 

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

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Monthly Meetings

Mon, October 12, 2015 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mon, November 09, 2015 6:30 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mon, December 14, 2015 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Garden Tours

Sun, March 13, 2016 8:00 AM • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Sat, April 02, 2016 9:00 AM • Neighborhoods near Del Mar


Sat, October 17, 2015 10:00 AM • El Cajon

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