Most meetings are on the second Monday of the month from 6 to 8:30 PM.
Meetings are free for SDHS members and $15 for non-members. Parking is free.

Upcoming Meetings

    • Mon, October 10, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Brian Kemble
    The Bold Dry Garden: Inspiration from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

    Ruth Bancroft began planting her 31/2 acre dry garden in 1971, and started the actual plantings in 1972. A garden brimming with succulents was very much out of the ordinary in Walnut Creek in those days, but through trial and error she discovered what would grow there and what would not.  In the 1990's the garden transitioned to a non-profit organization and opened to the public, and it is now open to visitors every day of the week except Monday.  The talk will feature pictures of the garden from its beginnings to the present.  It will also include information on plant introductions from the garden over the years.

    Brian Kemble is the Curator at the garden, and he began working there in 1980.  He is passionate about succulent plants, and is also the Vice-President of the San Francisco Succulent and Cactus Society, and is on the Board of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. Brian has made many trips to see succulent plants in habitat in Africa, Madagascar, Mexico and the southwestern U.S.  He writes a column called On the Dry Side which runs in several newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

    Before Brian's talk, Johanna Silver, the garden editor at Sunset, will do a short presentation about the latest and greatest of Sunset's Test Garden. After 70 years in the same Menlo Park campus, Sunset Magazine relocated to Oakland, with a brand new garden—4 times the size of our old one—in Sonoma. Learn how they divided the space into five distinct garden rooms, including some of the most exciting new plants on the market.        

    Johanna Silver is a San Francisco-based writer, editor, and garden designer.  She is the garden editor at Sunset, where she also manages the editorial test garden. Johanna is a regular contributor to Sunset magazines, books, and videos.  She is the author of The Bold Dry Garden, a history of the Bay Area's Ruth Bancroft Garden, published by Timber Press.  Her writing earned her a James Beard Award in 2009 for her contributions to the One-Block Diet blog and an ASME award for General Excellence in 2014. Her website is

    Before and after the meeting Johanna will be selling and signing her book about the Ruth Bancroft Garden, The Bold Dry Garden.

    The presentations starts at 6:30.  With 2 speakers the meeting run a bit longer than normal.

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, November 14, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Lucy Warren and Greg Rubin
    The Drought-Defying California Garden

    We welcome Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren, co-authors of a comprehensive guide to landscaping with California natives, The Drought-Defying California Garden.

    California native plants are among the easiest and most drought tolerant plants for local landscapes—if they are handled correctly. Popular local authors, Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren, return with new and exciting information making it easier than ever to create a beautiful evergreen California native landscape. Piggybacking on their years of experience and their first best-seller, The California Native Landscape, the authors designed their new guide to help homeowners jump right into native landscaping. One of the key differences between natives and other plants is that they thrive in compatible plant communities. Learn about new tools which enable people to recognize the right environment for the plant palette they select and to easily choose the plants which grow well together. 

    Greg Rubin is owner of California’s Own Native Landscape DesignAlthough his formal education and background is in engineering, his fascination with California native plants started when he renovated his parents’ home in Chatsworth, CA in 1985.  Soon he was landscaping for friends and family on weekends and holidays. In 1993 he began his successful landscape business and the design of over 600 native landscapes in San Diego County.

    Lucy Warren, who has an extensive background in marketing research and her own consulting firm, has been long fascinated with plants and horticulture. She is a UCCE Master Gardener and an experienced garden writer who authored a column on edible plants for the San Diego Union-Tribune and served as editor of California Garden magazine. She is the assistant coordinator for the the Spring Home/Garden Show and is a former board member of the San Diego Horticultural Society and the Pacific Horticulture Society. 

    • Their books will be available for sale and signing at the meeting.
    • Bring your native plants and flowers to share with members on the Plant Display table.  Native plant experts will be available to answer questions.

    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

    • Sat, December 03, 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido
    Registration is closed

    A Very Special Event- Celebrating 100 Years
    Horticultural Day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park    

    Save the date! We don't have a regular meeting in December, but you won't want to miss this special day with the Horticultural Society at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido.

    The zoo celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.  The zoo has become world famous not only for the animals but also its outstanding plant collections and gardens.  So much so, that the San Diego Horticultural Society has named the past and present horticulturists at the zoo as their Horticulturist of the year. 

    We are still working on final details but here's the highlights so far:

    • Saturday, December 3, 9am - 1pm. Members are invited to enjoy the Safari Park until it closes at 5pm.
    • When you register to attend, receive via email a discount voucher good for 20% off regular entrance fee. The voucher is valid for use online 11/28/16 through 12/4/16 or redeem at any Safari Park front gate ticket window on 12/3/2016 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park only. Registration opens November 1st.
    • Bonsai Pavilion: Volunteer will give informal tours and a bonsai demonstration of an aspect of the art of bonsai
    • Baja and Old World Succulent Gardens: Volunteers in the gardens will answer questions
    • Safari Park Horticulture Behind the Scenes Tours: Learn about the department from team members on small group tours. Learn what they do and who they are. It's not a plant tour, although we'll probably pop into the greenhouse and shade house too! 
    • San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research Plant Conservation team: They will have a booth/display in the event 'hub' at Kupanda Banda.
    Event registration required to receive discount voucher via email.  Event registration open November 1st. 

Past Meetings

Mon, September 12, 2016 September - Aloes and Agaves
Mon, August 08, 2016 August - The Roar of the Monarch Butterfly
Mon, July 11, 2016 July - Horticultural Evening at the San Diego Zoo
Mon, June 13, 2016 June - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 09, 2016 May - Bromeliads in the Wild
Mon, April 11, 2016 April - Perspective, Forty Years Among the Natives
Mon, March 14, 2016 March - Botanical Collection at the San Diego Zoo
Mon, February 08, 2016 February - Think Outside the Box: Thirty Design and Horticultural Techniques
Mon, January 11, 2016 January - Contemporary, Expressive and Sustainable Southwestern Gardens
Mon, December 14, 2015 December - Waterwise Lessons from theGarden
Mon, November 09, 2015 November - Designer Panel: Small is Beautiful
Mon, October 12, 2015 October - Hot Colors, Dry Garden
Mon, September 14, 2015 September - Refresh Your Garden Design
Mon, August 10, 2015 August - The Ecology of California Garden Bees
Mon, July 13, 2015 July - Rush to Restios
Mon, June 08, 2015 June - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 11, 2015 May - Palms for San Diego
Mon, April 13, 2015 April - Jon Rebman
Mon, March 09, 2015 March- Eucalyptus: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Mon, February 09, 2015 February- Plants with Benefits
Mon, January 12, 2015 January - Under the Spell of Succulents
Mon, December 08, 2014 December - Centennial Celebrations: Remembering and Commemorating the 1915 Panama-California Exposition
Mon, November 10, 2014 November - Holiday Marketplace
Mon, October 13, 2014 October - Lawn Gone: Landscape Designer Panel
Mon, September 08, 2014 September - Randy Baldwin of San Marcos Growers
Mon, August 11, 2014 August Meeting - Creating Paradise Wherever You Live
Mon, July 14, 2014 July Meeting - Scent-sational Plumeria
Mon, June 09, 2014 June Meeting - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 12, 2014 May Meeting - Stuck on You! Indoor and Outdoor Projects with Succulents
Mon, April 14, 2014 April Meeting - Oaks of San Diego County
Mon, March 10, 2014 March Meeting - Tried and True or Brand New: Citrus in Today’s Gardens
Mon, February 10, 2014 February Meeting - The Wild World of Succulents
Mon, January 13, 2014 January Meeting - Native Plants of Chile
Mon, December 09, 2013 December Meeting - The Drunken Botanist
Mon, November 11, 2013 November Meeting - Holiday Marketplace
Mon, October 14, 2013 October Meeting - Trends in Contemporary Landscape Design
Mon, September 09, 2013 September Meeting - Right Plant for the Right Place
Mon, August 12, 2013 August Meeting - Drip is Hip
Mon, July 08, 2013 July Meeting - Succulents Simplified
Mon, June 24, 2013 June Meeting - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 13, 2013 May Meeting - Seriously Funny - The Business of Plants
Mon, April 08, 2013 April Meeting - Writing the Book on Natives
Mon, March 11, 2013 March Meeting - Growing on Air: Amazing Tillandsias
Mon, February 11, 2013 February Meeting - The Future of Roses in Today's Gardens
Mon, January 14, 2013 January Meeting - Exotic Bulbs for Southern California
Mon, December 10, 2012 December Meeting - Bring me Slow Flowers
Mon, November 12, 2012 November Meeting - The Edible Front Yard - Special Meeting!
Mon, October 08, 2012 October Meeting - A Californian's Guide to the Trees among Us
Mon, September 10, 2012 September Meeting - Welcome to Club Med
Mon, August 13, 2012 August Meeting - The Revolutionary Yardscape
Mon, July 09, 2012 July Meeting - Not Just for Show
Mon, June 11, 2012 June Meeting - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 14, 2012 May Meeting - Small is the New Big
Mon, April 09, 2012 April Meeting - Fitting CA Native Plants in CA-style Gardens
Mon, March 12, 2012 March Meeting - From Seed to Skillet
Mon, February 13, 2012 February Meeting - Trees of Ill Repute
Mon, January 09, 2012 January Meeting - A Rollicking Trip into the World of Cactus and Succulents
 Our Mission  To inspire and educate the people of San Diego County to grow and enjoy plants, and to create beautiful, environmentally responsible gardens and landscapes.

Our Vision  To champion regionally appropriate horticulture in San Diego County.


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