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, 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. 

    • Mon, January 09, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Jo O'Connell
    Down Under Wonders 

    Jo owner of Australia Native Plants Nursery, located in Ojai Valley.

    Australian Native Plants was established in the early 1990’s by Jo O’Connell with the help of her husband Byron Cox. From the beginning, their vision was to provide plants that are hardy, drought tolerant, cut flower producing and bird attracting.

    Their aim is to offer a quality grown plants from the many diverse plant communities in Australia.

    They propagate most of their own plant material, but also buy plants in from other nurseries that grow Australian plants in California. They also import seed and plants from Australia, and take cuttings from plants on their property and the many gardens they have been involved with in the area.

    Before and after the meeting Jo will be selling plants from their nursery Australia Native Plants

    The presentations starts at 6:45.

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, February 13, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Panayoti Kelaidis, Sr.
    Check back later for Topic 

    About the speaker:

    Panayoti Kelaidis represents the Gardens in educational, professional and promotional endeavors as an expert in horticulture, science and art. He also acts as a liaison to botanical societies, professional horticulture organizations and green industry members. Kelaidis has worked at the Gardens for 30 years in many capacities. Most recently, he was the Curator of Plant Collections, where he supervised the curatorial staff and directed inventory, maintenance, interpretation and integrity for over 15,000 kinds of living plants. His far-reaching knowledge of horticulture in the mountainous and dry climate of Colorado has aided Plant Select®, a plant introduction program where Panayoti has helped discover and name numerous plants, as well as disseminate nearly 10 million plants. He designed the plantings for the world-renowned Rock Alpine Garden and helped implement Wildflower Treasures, South African Plaza and the Romantic Gardens among many other gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens.

    Kelaidis helped plan and stage over 12 regional, national and international gardening conferences in Denver. He is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Rock Garden Society as well as the American Penstemon Society, and serves on many professional horticulture society boards. He is also the recipient of the Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs and the 2000 Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal from Swarthmore College. He has delivered speeches in over 70 cities throughout the world on a wide range of horticultural topics and has published over 100 gardening works.

    The presentations starts at 6:45.

    Members free
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, February 13, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Check back for speaker
    Topic to be determined 

    Save the Date

    The presentations starts at 6:45.

    Members free
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, April 10, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Scott Kleinrock 
    New California Garden

    Scott Kleinrock, Landscape Designer and Planning Coordinator at The Huntington Library tells us about the new entrance garden at the Huntington.

    One of the first things visitors notice when arriving at The Huntington is the stunning California Garden. Landscaped with nearly 50,000 California natives and dry-climate plants, covering an area of 6.5 acres, the garden reflects the local Mediterranean climate as well as both the agricultural and elegant estate history of the 207-acre Huntington grounds. A long, olive-lined allée leads visitors through garden spaces that complement the buildings in the Steven S. Koblik  Education and Visitor Center, which include the orientation gallery, auditorium, café, and classrooms.

    The presentations starts at 6:45.

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, May 08, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Karen Chapman
    Foliage First

    Karen Chapman who was born in England, grew up with an appreciation for the beauty of nature and the wonders of gardening.

    After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 she joined Molbak’s Garden & Home as a garden plant specialist before establishing Le Jardinet in 2006. Whilst specializing in custom container gardens, Karen also extends that vision to design challenging smaller landscapes.

    She is co-author of the award winning book Fine Foliage, (2013) writes inspirational design articles on her blog, is a regular contributor to several publications including Fine Gardening and is the PNW garden writer for Houzz. Her new book Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press) will be available late January 2017.

    Karen also teaches a popular garden design course on Craftsy; Gorgeous Design - Foliage & Focal points.

    Whether on stage, television or radio Karen's aim is to inspire, educate and share the fun of gardening with her audience.

    The presentations starts at 6:45.

    Members free 
    Guests $15
    Parking free for everyone

Past Meetings

Mon, October 10, 2016 October - The Bold Dry Garden: Inspiration from the Ruth Bancroft Garden
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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