Meetings are on the second Monday of the month from 6 to 8:30 PM in the Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Meetings are free for SDHS members and $15 for non-members. Parking is free.

Upcoming Meetings

    • Mon, October 13, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Christiane Holmquist, Kimberly Alexander & Marilyn Guidroz 

    Lawn Gone: Garden Design Options

    The San Diego Horticultural Society welcomes landscape designers Christiane Holmquist, Kimberly Alexander and Marilyn Guidroz to share their expertise in designing landscapes that are compatible and sustainable with our Mediterranean climate.

    Christiane Holmquist is an award winning landscape designer with Nature Designs Landscaping in Vista, CA, and has been owner of her own landscape design business, Christiane Holmquist Landscape Design, since 2001. Her specialty is designing sustainable landscape solutions that are drought tolerant and climate appropriate for our region. She holds a Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from Cuyamaca College. Her designs have received recognition for Best Water Conservation Design in Escondido in 2011, and Garden of the Year in 2013 from San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine. 

    Kimberly Alexander is the owner and principal designer for Allée Landscape Design, an award-winning residential design business serving San Diego and Southern Orange County. Her passion is not only for great design, but also how to create those designs in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable manner. She is trained in both ornamental horticulture and arboriculture, and holds a Certificate in Landscape Architecture from MiraCosta College. She serves on the advisory board for the Horticulture Department at MiraCosta College and is Vice President of the San Diego District of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
    Marilyn Guidroz is the owner and president of Marilyn’s Garden Design, which serves the San Diego North County area, including Temecula and Murrieta. Marilyn has been designing award winning residential landscapes for homeowners for over 30 years. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. degree in Agriculture. She is a certified member, and founding board member, of the San Diego District Association of Professional Landscape Designers, an active member of the San Diego Horticultural Society, and is an Associate Faculty Member and Advisory Board Member of the MiraCosta College Horticulture Department.

    The presentation starts at 6:45

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, November 10, 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    November Meeting

    Holiday Marketplace


    Mingle and Shop at the SDHS Holiday Marketplace with exhibits by SDHS sponsors, business members, horticultural vendors, botanic gardens, and other non-profits.  Shop for plants, garden related merchandise, gift memberships and horticultural services from leading businesses and vendors.

    Educational mini-demos with these Horticultural Superstars

    Farmer Roy - Kale, Queen of the Greens
    Lucy Warren - You Can Have it all - save water with beautiful, year-round green, native drought tolerant landscaping and still keep your roses.
    Pat Welsh - Forcing Narcissus for the Holidays
    obyn Foreman - Entertaining with Succulents

    More Reasons to Attend

    • Authors' corner with local authors selling and signing their books
    • Get your holiday shopping done early
    • Consultations with local garden design professionals
    • Free giveways and discounts
    • Learn about horticulture related non-profits and business in the San Diego area

    • Members FREE 
    • Guests FREE with preregistration guest pass or $5 at the door.  Guest registrations accepted starting October 1st. 
    • Guest Registration
    • Parking FREE for everyone

    Exhibitor Registration is open until Oct 20th or spots are filled. To participate as an exhibitor at this event, click button below:

    Exhibitor Registration

    • Mon, December 08, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Nancy Carol Carter

    Centennial Celebrations: Remembering and Commemorating the 1915 Panama-California Exposition

    Check back for more information.

    The presentation starts at 6:45

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, April 13, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Natural History Museum in Balboa Park

    Jon Rebman

    Special meeting at the Natural History Museum

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


    Check back for more details about this not-to-be-missed event.

Past Meetings

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

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Promote the enjoyment, art, knowledge and public awareness of horticulture in the San Diego area, while providing the opportunity for education and research

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