Meetings

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, 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


    Historian Nancy Carol Carter tells us about the early history of Balboa Park. With Balboa Park’s centennial celebration next year, her timely presentation will cover the background and development of this jewel of our city.

    When San Diego farsightedly set aside 1,400 acres of pueblo land for a park in 1868, the city did not establish a park commission, earmark funding, create a plan of park development or hire a single gardener. Lack of development nearly doomed the very existence of “City Park” in the early years. With real estate speculators greedily circling the park, interventions by concerned citizens including Kate O. Sessions, George Marston, and Julius Wangenheim led to the earliest planting and recreational development within the park.

    Despite early efforts, it was not until the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 that Balboa Park came into its own as a public landscape. Along the way, Exposition builders rejected early planning visions for the park created by two nationally famous landscape architects, Samuel Parsons, Jr. and John Charles Olmstead. Rather, the Exposition went its own way, popularizing a landscape style that remained influential throughout Southern California for most of the next century and setting Balboa Park on a path that permanently effected its development.

    Historian Nancy Carol Carter focuses her research on horticulture in the San Diego region. She has published in Pacific Horticulture, California Garden, Eden, and the Journal of San Diego History on such topics as Balboa Park, Kate Olivia Sessions and other influential horticulturists, the San Diego olive industry and Border Field State Park. Carter is a frequent speaker for various community groups and regularly lectures at SDSU's Osher Institute.

    She is the retired Director of the Legal Research Center and Professor of Law at the University of San Diego and now an active volunteer, serving a Historian of the Mission Hills Garden Club, Treasurer of the San Diego Floral Association, Associate Editor of California Garden and Vice President of the California Garden and Landscape History Society. She is a member of the Horticulture Committee of the Friends of Balboa Park and the Projects Committee of the Balboa Park Conservancy.  

    2014 California Garden issues with the "On the Eve" series about horticultural preparations for the 1915 Exposition in San Diego and in Balboa Park will be available for purchase at the meeting.


    The presentation starts at 6:45

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

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

    Jeff Moore

    Under the Spell of Succulents



    Jeff Moore, owner of Solano Succulents will tell us his tales of succulents. 

    Jeff Moore has owned and operated Solana Succulents in Solana Beach for the past 22 years. Jeff has created many award-winning gardens at the annual San Diego County Fair and Home Shows. Jeff gained notoriety for his 'undersea' themed succulent gardens, and he will show how he created these gardens, as well as, other unique Southern California succulent landscapes. 
    Winter is aloe season, and Jeff is an aloe collector, so aloes will be highlighted in the talk. 
    Finally, his new book, Under the Spell of Succulents, will be presented. It is a walk-through of succulent plants in cultivation, showing how we engage with our obsession with these unusual plants, including growers, collectors, landscaping, container gardening, and specialty niches such as variegates, crests and caudiciforms. The major succulent groups are highlighted as well. Jeff will also provide an insight into how a first-time author worked his way through the book-making process, and offer a tease into his upcoming book on aloes and agaves.

    Jeff will be selling and signing his book at the meeting.


    The presentation starts at 6:45

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, February 09, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Helen Yoest

    Plants with Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & Veggies in Your Garden 


    Helen Yoest is author and freelance garden writer.

    Helen’s Website: gardeningwithconfidence.com

    Check back for more information.  Program subject to change. 


    The presentation starts at 6:45

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, March 09, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Dr. Matt Ritter

    Eucalyptus: The Good, Bad and Ugly


    Dr. Matt Ritter returns to with an engaging and entertaining talk on Eucalyptus.

    Matt Ritter is a professor in the Biology Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and director of the plant conservatory there. He is vice president of the San Luis Obispo Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. He has authored numerous scientific papers and botanical treatments, including the second edition of the Jepson Manual, the Flora of North America Project, and a natural history guide to San Luis Obispo’s native plants. He also is the author of A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us, the state’s most popular natural history guide to the urban forest. He holds a Kenan Fellowship at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, is the chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Tree Committee, and is editor-in-chief of Madroño, the journal of the California Botanical Society.

    Check back for more information.  Program subject to change. 



    The presentation starts at 6:45

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    Eebecca's Website: http://harmonyinthegarden.com
    • Mon, April 13, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Natural History Museum in Balboa Park
    • 275
    Registration is closed

    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.



    Registration is limited to 300 people.  Members are $10 (registration opens January 1st) and non-members are $15 (registration opens February 1st).
    • Mon, May 11, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Phil Bergman

    Palms for San Diego 


    Phil is owner of the Jungle Music Nursery.

    Check back for more information.  Program subject to change. 


    The presentation starts at 6:45

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, June 08, 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Horticulturalist of the Year

    Night at the Fair 


    Join us at the San Diego County Fair Flower and Garden Show stage to honor SDHS 2015 Horticulturist of the Year,

    Society members have exclusive access to the San Diego County Fair Flower Garden Show exhibits to enjoy the display gardens created by some of our finest local garden professionals. 

    Check back for more information. Program subject to change.


    The presentation starts at 6:00

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, July 13, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Martin Grantham

    Rush to Restios: Choices for San Diego Gardens


    Martin Grantham, SFSU botanist who formerly curated the restios collection at UC Santa Cruz, has visited their South African growing grounds and test grows some 100 different species.

    Check back for more information.  Program subject to change. 


    The presentation starts at 6:45

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, August 10, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    UC Berkeley Bee Lab

    California Bees & Blooms


    California is home to over sixteen hundred species of undomesticated bees—most of them native—that populate and pollinate our gardens, fields, and urban green spaces. In this absorbing guidebook, some of the state’s preeminent bee and botany experts introduce us to this diverse population. California Bees and Blooms holds a magnifying glass up to the twenty-two most common genera (and six species of cuckoo bees), describing each one’s distinctive behaviors, social structures, flight season, preferred flowers, and enemies. Enhancing these descriptions are photographs of bees so finely detailed they capture pollen scattered across gauzy wings and iridescent exoskeletons. 

    Drawing from years of research at the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab, California Bees and Blooms presents an authoritative look at these creatures, emphasizing their vital relationship with flowers. In addition to opening our eyes to the beautiful array of wild bees in our midst, this book provides information on fifty-three bee-friendly plants and how to grow them. Just a few square feet of poppies, sage, and phacelia are enough to sustain a healthy population of wild bees, transforming an urban or suburban garden into a world that hums and buzzes with life.

    Check back for more information.  Program subject to change. 


    The presentation starts at 6:45

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • 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


    Rebecca Sweet is a Los Altos, California garden designer and author of Refresh Your Garden Design

    Rebecca's Website: http://harmonyinthegarden.com

    Check back for more information.  Program subject to change. 


    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


    Nan launches her latest book Hot Colors, Dry Garden and tells us about adding bright colors to our gardens.

    Check back for more information.  Program subject to change. 



    The presentation starts at 6:45

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, November 09, 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

    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.

    Learn

    Sign up for a $30 for 30 minute garden consultation!
    The Association of Professional Landscape Designers, will be hosting half-hour landscape design consultations. Advance reservations required. Sign up here for $30 for 30!


    Educational mini-demos with Horticultural Superstars


    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. 
    • Parking FREE for everyone

Past Meetings

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

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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