Upcoming Meetings

    • Mon, March 11, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

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

    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.

    Widely recognized as an outstanding horticulturalist, Chris has received a Professional Citation for significant achievements in public horticulture from the American Public Garden Association and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  He is a sought-after public speaker and author of The Encyclopedia of Perennials: a gardener’s guide.

    Chris started his career at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, where he was trained as a horticulturist.  In 1981 he came to the United States and served as Director and Chief Designer of Chanticleer Garden, a forty-eight-acre botanical garden built on the grounds of the Rosengarten estate.  There he transformed a moribund private estate into one of America’s most exuberant, romantic and flamboyant gardens. Subsequently, he was the Vice President for Horticulture and External Operations for the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and then part-time Executive Director of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy in Ojai, California. In September, 2006 he was appointed Director, of the Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada. While pleased to be in Canada his heart yearned for California and in January, 2008 assumed the position of Executive Director of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. 

    Chris moved to Pennsylvania to become Director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Meadowbrook Farm in September, 2012. He was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to design the central feature for the Philadelphia International Flower Show 2013.  He returned to California in December 2013 and has established a consulting business. Some of his clients are the Flora of North America Association and the Friends of the Bakuriani Alpine Botanical Garden.

    Doors open at 6 PM with the presentations beginning at 6:45 PM.

    Free for SDHS Members; $15 Non-members

    Tickets available at the door. 

    Free, easy parking at the Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Dr., San Diego, CA 92122

    • Mon, April 08, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Mike Evans
    Ugly is Not a Turf Replacement

    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.

    Mike Evans is founder and president of Tree of Life Nursery (TOLN) in San Juan Capistrano, producing and selling California native plants for over 40 years. Born and raised in southern California, Evans demonstrated an early love for the outdoors. He worked with several nurseries both retail and wholesale, before establishing Tree of Life Nursery in 1976. TOLN is now the largest native plant supplier in California and promotes a style of authentic horticulture, specifically the concept of appropriate landscaping with native California plants.

    Tree of Life grows more than 500 species and varieties of native plants on 40 acres on the historic Rancho Mission Viejo in San Juan Capistrano. It  provides plants for landscaping and ecological restoration at the wholesale level and as well as retail sales of plants and books. TOLN also offers the general public workshops, talks, and the opportunity to experience TOLN’s pollinator gardens.

    With his experience in native plant production, design, landscaping, and ecological restoration, Mike Evans advocates a present-day California that deserves to look like the true California. Mike is often called on to write or lecture on the subject.  He is affiliated with numerous conservation, horticultural, and botanical organizations and has served as past international president (2005) of the International Plant Propagators Society, past president (1994) of Western Region IPPS, and past president (2001) of the California Society for Ecological Restoration.

    Be sure to attend our meeting on April 8, 2019 to hear Mike Evans describe how we can use California natives to produce beautiful, sustainable, southern California gardens. The evening starts at 6:00 PM at Congregation Beth Israel. Admission is free for SDHS members and $15 for non-members. Parking is free. For more information, call (619) 296-9215 or visit sdhort.org.

    Doors open at 6 PM with the presentations beginning at 6:45 PM.

    Free for SDHS Members; $15 Non-members

    Tickets available at the door. 

    Free, easy parking at the Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Dr., San Diego, CA 92122

Past Meetings

Mon, February 11, 2019 February Meeting – Brie Arthur – Foodscaping
Mon, January 14, 2019 January Meeting –Jeff Chemnick – Treasures of the Sierra Madres
Mon, December 10, 2018 No December Meeting
Mon, October 08, 2018 October - Begonias, Unusual Plants, and Secrets From the Greenhouse
Mon, September 10, 2018 September - California Native Plants
Mon, August 13, 2018 August - Plumerias
Mon, July 09, 2018 July - Designing with Palms
Mon, June 11, 2018 June - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 14, 2018 May - Nan Sterman's Hot Color, Dry Garden
Mon, April 09, 2018 April - The San Diego Zoo’s Native Plant Seed Bank: Saving Flora, One Seed at a Time:
Mon, March 12, 2018 March - Jeff Moore - Soft Succulents
Mon, February 12, 2018 February - Tom Nuccio - Nuccio’s Camellias
Mon, January 08, 2018 January - Gary Ferguson – Wildfires in the West
Mon, November 13, 2017 November - Gardens on the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes
Mon, October 09, 2017 October - Designing with Succulents in the New San Diego Garden
Mon, September 11, 2017 September - 20 South African Plants Every Home Landscaper Should know
Mon, August 14, 2017 August - My Life with Plants – Confessions of a Plantaholic
Mon, July 10, 2017 July - The Geraniaceae Family in Our Gardens
Mon, June 12, 2017 June - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 08, 2017 May - Foliage First
Mon, April 03, 2017 April - The No Sacrifice Low Water California Garden
Mon, March 13, 2017 March - Preserving Rose Genetics
Mon, February 13, 2017 February - Looking for Succulents in all the Wrong Places
Mon, January 09, 2017 January - Down Under Wonders
Sat, December 03, 2016 December - Horticultural Day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Mon, November 14, 2016 November - The Drought-Defying California Garden
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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