September Meeting 
Rebecca Sweet
Refresh Your Garden Design - Simple Strategies to Wake a Weary Garden
Monday,  September 14  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM


We welcome Rebecca Sweet, author and garden designer with her company, Harmony in the Garden, located in Los Altos, California. A lifelong gardener, her artistic eye and creative flair translate her design ideas into unique and engaging spaces that delight the senses year-round. 

With all of the buzzwords and trends in gardening these days, how do you know where to begin?  Based on her new book, Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture and Form, Rebecca Sweet takes a fresh approach to explain and simplify traditional design concepts for home gardeners of all levels.  You will learn how to break down traditional garden design principles into practical, easy-to-understand and, more importantly, easy-to-implement solutions. Inspirational photographs highlight and reinforce real-life situations, helping you not only to identify what has gone wrong with your garden, but how to fix the problem.  

A book signing will follow the meeting, where Rebecca will have her books available for sale.

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

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

The 2015 Fair Has Ended: Files available online
Learn More about the SD County Fair exhibit:

Our Exhibition Garden with installation team and awards

Below are links to information about exhibit at this years San Diego County Fair:

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 

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, September 14, 2015 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
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

Volunteer Fall H/G Show

All volunteer slots are full. Contact Cindy Benoit at if you want to be on the backup list.

Volunteer Appreciation Party

Sat, October 10, 2015 8:30 AM • Mary McBride's Garden in Vista


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