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Special event: Exclusive San Diego Screening

Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf
A documentary film on visionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf

$10 SDHS/ASLA San Diego Members; $15 General Admission
Parking is free in Balboa Park

Screenings at the Museum of Photographic Arts 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park:

Friday, March 1: 4PM     Buy Tickets

Friday, March 1: 7PM     Buy Tickets

Saturday, March 2: 5PM  Buy Tickets

After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new project was born.

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas. Intimate discussions take place through all four seasons in Piet’s own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania. As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts center in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet. Piet Oudolf has radically redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, the famous botanist, says to Piet in the film, “your work teaches us to see what what we have been unable to see.” Through poetic cinematography and unique access, Five Seasons reveals all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.

March Meeting

Christopher Woods
Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens.

Monday,  March 11  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

Christopher Woods, garden consultant and former Director and Chief Designer of Chanticleer Gardens, has recently returned from three years traveling the world seeking out contemporary gardens.  He found fifty of the best, which he describes in his new book, Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens. On March 11 he will join us to describe public parks in exotic locations like New Delhi and Dubai, mission-redefining botanic gardens in Chile and Australia, as well as lavish private estates and gem-like city yards.  He will also share the fascinating people, plants, and stories that made these gardens so lust-worthy.

  • Presentations at 6:45 PM
  • Free for SDHS Members
  • $15 Non-members (pay at check-in)
  • Parking free for everyone

April Meeting

Mike Evans
Ugly is Not a Turf Replacement

Monday,  April 8  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

Join us on April 8 when Mike Evans, from Tree of Life Nursery, will  explain how California native plants are the best option for authentic water conservation in the garden. Replacing useless turf provides us with a perfect opportunity to plant a real garden, with a real purpose, a garden that is both sustainable and truly beautiful. A well-designed California natural garden will always pass the test of time and will continually provide valuable habitat for birds, beneficial pollinators, and other friendly wildlife species.

  • Presentations at 6:45 PM
  • Free for SDHS Members
  • $15 Non-members (pay at check-in)
  • Parking free for everyone

Spring Garden Tour

Magical La Mesa

Saturday,  April 27  9:00 AM  - 4:00 PM

This year’s SDHS Garden Tour highlights a select set of gardens in La Mesa, an area rich in horticultural history. 

The gardens on this self-guided tour will feature both fully mature as well as newly designed spaces, all suited to our Southern California climate. Several of the gardens have multiple outdoor rooms, and some of the yards have raised beds and fruit trees, meadow-like areas, and unique plant cultivars. All of the tour gardens are sure to inspire. They will leave you with ideas for great plants and awesome designs for your own gardens.

In keeping with past tours, we will also feature local artisans selling their hand-crafted garden art. Watch artists as they paint in the gardens, and meet SDHS community partners. 

  • All Tickets must be purchased online in advance
  • $35 SDHS Members
  • $40 General Admission

Pacific Horticulture Society

People Connecting with the Power of Gardens

Pacific Horticulture Society is advocating for gardens to be at the epicenter of push-back on climate change, and for gardeners to be on the forefront of advancing environmental literacy. Known for the widely-recognized Pacific Horticulture publication, Pac Hort is expanding its mission to include programming connecting people with the power of gardens for enriching lives and healing our environment.

This is an exciting time. We’re bringing cutting-edge horticulture and emerging environmental science to our community through new programs, our much-loved publications, and expanded relationships with place-based organizations from B.C. to Baja. PHS members receive print versions of all our publications as well as discounts on our superior educational programs and inspiring garden events, as well as reduced pricing on international and domestic PHS tours.

San Diego Horticultural Society has become an Affiliate Member Organization (AMO). A key benefit to members is a 20% discount on the full PHS membership which includes the print magazine and discounts on programs and tours. SDHS can share the new digital edition of Pacific Horticulture with all its members. Also, you can sign up for the free monthly newsletter that features relevant, richly informative articles from more than a decades of archives, on the PHS website.

Whether you’ve been with us for years or are new to Pacific Horticulture Society, we invite you to join us. Come with us as we move into our next 50 years. Become a member, renew, or extend your membership today, or give us a call at 510-849-1627 or email us at office@pacifichorticulture.org.

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Second Monday of the month, except June and December,
from 6 to 8:30 PM

Congregation Beth Israel
9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA  92122

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