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, September 14, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Rebecca Sweet 

    Refresh Your Garden Design - Simple Strategies to Wake a Weary Garden

    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.  

    Rebecca Sweet’s gardens have been featured in Sunset, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Woman’s Day and Country Living magazines as well as many regional publications. Rebecca and her gardens have also been featured on the critically acclaimed PBS series, Growing a Greener World. She has been a radio guest on numerous programs, including Martha Stewart Living. In addition to designing gardens, she is the author of Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture and Form (an Amazon Top 10 Garden Book 2013 selection) and is the co-author of the national best-selling garden book, Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces.  Rebecca also shares her secrets to successful garden design in her column “Harmony in the Garden” in Horticulture Magazine. In her lighthearted blog, Gossip in the Garden, Rebecca shares inside information about garden design, gardening tips, amusing observations and how-to videos for both the novice and experienced gardener.

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

    The presentation starts at 6:45

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, October 12, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Nan Sterman

    Hot Colors, Dry Garden

    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

    • Mon, November 09, 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Designer Panel

    Small is Beautiful: Design Ideas for Small Spaces

    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.

    More about our panelists

    Amélia B. Lima
    Amelia B. Lima & Associates, Inc.

    Amélia B. Lima was born in Brazil and has been working in the US since 1988. She has projects completed in Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Rancho Santa Fe, Santee, and San Diego. She was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Roberto Burle Marx in 1989, and to witness him create some of his famous landscapes. She is a Certified Professional Designer by the Association of Professional Landscape Designer (APLD) since 2000.

    With a background in Architecture and a degree in Horticulture, she focuses on the idea that a well designed garden will have strong architectural features combined with climate suitable plant material.
    Her projects include residential designs in the US and abroad.

    Her work has been featured on Sunset Magazine, Sunset Book, The New York Times, A Growing Passion( episode 306), APLD The Designer, and

    Koby’s Garden Alchemy, Inc.

    Horticulturalist, Designer, Plant enthusiast and a national garden design winner for creative planning;  Koby, was encouraged to play in the dirt and the garden from an early age.  Artistically inclined he thought commercial art would be a good vocation, but got sidetracked and addicted to growing wonders of gardening.  While he worked for an interior and exterior plant maintenance company and two nurseries, is apprenticeship was informal and hands-on.   His work has been prominently featured in print and visual media.  32 years and numerous clients later he has a style and company all his own, also specializing in the smallest of gardens – containers.  Koby continues to study and collect plants to seed new gardening ideas.


    Susanna Pagan
    SP Gardens

    Susanna Pagan, a landscape designer, was born in Northern California, moving to San Diego for her college education.  She transitioned from her career in graphic design into landscape design in 2005, using her flair for art, design and love of horticulture, to create beautiful garden designs.  Susanna has grown her business into an award-winning landscape design company, servicing clients in North San Diego County. She has been awarded numerous design awards including her Fair display garden for the San Diego  Horticultural Society in 2012 and Best of Houzz award in 2014 and 2015. She has been featured in San Diego Home and Garden Magazine, Modern Luxury Interiors California, as well as numerous local publications. She currently serves on the San Diego Horticultural Society Board, as the Public Relations Chair. 

    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

      • Mon, December 14, 2015
      • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

      Clayton Tschudy

      Waterwise Lessons from the Garden

      Clayton Tschudy, director of horticulture at the Water Conservation Garden on Ecology Landscaping and other Waterwise Lessons from the Garden

      Check back for more information

      The presentation starts at 6:45

      Members free 
      Guests $15
      Parking free for everyone

    Past Meetings

    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

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