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August Meeting

Tom Piergrossi

Creating Paradise Wherever you Live 

Monday,  August 11  - 6:00 PM  to 8:30 PM  Presentation starts at 6:45

When Tom Piergrossi moved to Hawai in 2009, he left behind a much-admired San Diego garden and closed his Vista nursery, a mecca for plant lovers around the county. Now, after 5 years on the Big Island of Hawaii, he created a new garden suited to the tropical climate of his new home. "The climate and plants, might be different, but the principles remain the same any place you garden," he says. 

In his talk, Tom will draw on his new garden to illustrate basics of inspired, sustainable garden design and plant combinations. He also will introduce some new tropical plants suited to gardens here, available through his new mail order nursery, Vintage Green Farms

Members free
Guests $15
Parking Free

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August Featured Garden

Guided Walk at San Elijo Lagoon 

Wednesday,  August 13  - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM  - Docent Tour

Escape the heat and join us for a cool docent led evening walk at San Elijo Lagoon.  You'll 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.

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is located in north San Diego County, between Encinitas and Solana Beach, extending inland to Rancho Santa Fe.

Our docent led walk will explore part of the  979-acre reserve, home to hundreds of species of unique plants and animals.

San Elijo Lagoon is one of the largest coastal wetlands in San Diego. Trails wind through six plant communities, home to:

  • 400 species of plants
  • 300 species of birds (of which 65 have been documented to nest in the reserve)
  • 23 species of fish
  • 20 species of reptiles and amphibians
  • 26 species of mammals 
Learn more about reserve: 


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Special Offer - Offer has been extended.  Offer ends August 31th.

Subscribe to Garden Design 

  Garden Design is partnering with the San Diego Horticultural Society to support their efforts in promoting horticulture in the San Diego region. 

$12 of every subscription to Garden Design magazine will be donated to the San Diego Horticultural Society until August 31, 2014.

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Restore Balboa Park Lily Pond Gardens 

Help fund the SDHS restoration for the 2015 Centennial Celebration!


Our planting plan has been approved by the Balboa Park Horticulture Staff.  

We started purchasing plants so this is a great time to make a donation.  

Help us preserve the rich horticultural heritage of Balboa Park. Our restoration will incorporate sustainable, climate appropriate plant varieties introduced in the the last 100 years and honor the original horticulturist of Balboa Park, Kate Sessions, with the theme, "Kate Sessions' Vision for Balboa Park Gardens 100 Years Later"

Your tax deductible donation will help us keep the rich horticultural heritage of the park going for another hundred years!

Thanks to landscape architects Cindy Benoit and Chris Drayer for creating this beautiful plan.

Link to detailed Plant List with plant photos and descriptions.


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2015 Spring Garden Tour - Gardens Then and Now

Save the Date

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

Planning for the 2015 Spring Garden Tour has begun.

We are partnering with the San Diego Floral Association to make this one of the best garden tours San Diego has ever seen. The tour features private gardens around Balboa Park.

We are looking for well maintained historic and/or horticultural interesting gardens in neighborhoods near Balboa Park.  We are also looking for volunteers that live in the area to help select gardens for the tour.  If you have or know of a suitable garden or live in the area and would like to help select gardens, please email Jim Bishop at

Monthly Meetings

Mon, August 11, 2014 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mon, September 08, 2014 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mon, October 13, 2014 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Featured Gardens

Wed, August 13, 2014 5:30 PM • Solana Beach


Sat, August 09, 2014 10:00 AM • Del Mar
Fri, September 19, 2014 9:30 AM • Encinitas
Sat, October 18, 2014 10:00 AM • Vista



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