At our monthly meeting ear Daniel Nolan of Daniel Nolan Design in San Francisco. He is an authority on dry gardens and the author of Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens, recently published by Rizzoli Press. He shares his techniques for transforming landscapes of any size into a modern dry garden. Nolan is known for creating sophisticated combinations of the familiar and the foreign.
His gardens have been described as both expressive and refined. He has worked on projects ranging from living walls for homes and restaurants, to transformations of residential gardens, to the planting design for the Powell Street Parklet. Nolan’s work has also appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Elle Décor, Condé Nast Traveler, Sunset, and San Francisco Magazine. His work now appears in some of the Bay Area's most beautiful homes and properties.
Nolan grew up in Pennsylvania. His love of art lead him to Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After five years he moved to South Carolina to pursue his other passion, gardens, and begin his own landscape design business. There, Nolan combined the Mediterranean plant palette he came to know and love in California with the more formal look of the historic gardens he grew up near in Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley. In 2009, he joined Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco. He credits his almost 10 years there as his masterclass in plant identification and selection, allowing him the opportunity to work with talented architects, designers and clients.
Join us on September 9 to be inspired to look at your own California garden in a new way.
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
October 14, 2019
OCTOBER MEETING – Brijette Peña
The Magical World of Seeds
Monday, October 14, Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122
Join us on October 14 when we will hear from Brijette Peña, owner and founder of San Diego Seed Company. San Diego Seed produces, trials, and breeds organic seed adapted for the unique climates of Southern California and the American Southwest. At our October meeting, Brijette will tell us all about seeds, including the different types of seeds; the history of the seed industry; why seed saving and local seed production is so important; and how seed can be saved.
San Diego Seed Company is the only local seed distributor in San Diego and the only certified organic urban seed producer in the country. A collaborator with the Organic Seed Alliance, San Diego Seed specializes in local, non-GMO, non-hybrid heirloom seeds. Founded in 2000, the Company grew out of Brijette’s experience sharing seeds she had gathered and saved from her home garden. The Company, which currently produces over 160 varietals of seeds with over 98 percent sold locally in California, now sits on an acre above the 94 freeway. There Brijette trials seed production, growing everything from cabbage and carrots to dill.
Producing seeds appropriate to San Diego is not an easy task. It can take two years to produce seeds for a new product. First, plants are grown to test their characteristics. Then those that are selected must be left to flower so that their seed can be collected and germination tested. However, it’s all worth it. The production of local seed increases genetic diversity and leads to more disease and pest resistant plants. It also gives us new ways to take advantage of our mild winter and low water environment, even allowing Brijette to develop seeds of perennial tomatoes and chard.
Join us on October 14 to learn more about seeds and we can contribute to the seed saving effort. 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.
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