Upcoming Meetings

    • Mon, August 12, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel

    August 12, 2019

    AUGUST MEETING  – Al Klein
    Fat Plants: Caudiciforms and Other Succulents

    Monday, August 12, Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Al Klein

    Fat Plants: Caudiciforms and Other Succulents

    Al Klein is the owner of Botanic Wonders nursery, in Vista, which specializes in growing and selling rare and exotic plants, including cycads, and rare succulents. On August 12, he will tell us all about some of the most special plants in his nursery, the so-called “Fat Plants.” Al says that of all the succulents available in the market place, fat plants (caudiciforms) are his favorites.

    Caudiciforms are some of the most unusual plants on the planet. They have found a way to adapt to some of the most inhospitable environments our world has to offer. As a result of these adaptations, they can be a challenge to grow; duplicating their preferred environment in containers is not easy. However, for Al, this is actually their attraction. 

    Caudiciforms are a grouping of many totally unrelated plants, all of which have a fat stem, trunk or succulent roots. Their swollen base or root is used for water storage and from it a thin vine or stem grows. A perfect example of this is Dioscorea elephantipes. However, many other plants that fall into this classification, such as the euphorbias. Caudiciforms is a very broad term that can also include pachycaul trees, such as Ficus palmeri. Other plants, such as cycads, also have caudexes. However, Al will be concentrating on the succulents he grows.

    Al's interest in the natural world started in his childhood. Growing up in Chicago, he would make regular visits to Field Museum of Natural History, and read books on the natural sciences. His favorite hobbies were growing exotic plants like cacti and collecting fossils, minerals, and insects. When he moved to California at the age of 17, he was amazed at the diversity and beauty of the flora of California, and he found his passion in plants. Al worked at South Shores Nursery in San Clemente California while attending California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where he received his Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture with an emphasis in landscape design and retail nursery management.

    After graduation Al was hired by Rogers Gardens in Corona Del Mar, California. Within a year, he was promoted to Nursery Manager. Soon Al he was asked to help open a nursery-gift shop in Escondido California, called Canterbury Gardens and Gifts. After almost 35 years as a partner at Canterbury Gardens, he retired. He is now running Botanic Wonders full time, fulfilling his true passion.

    Join us on August 12 for what is sure to be a fun evening learning about these rare and wonderful plants.

    • Mon, September 09, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel

    September 9, 2019

    SEPTEMBER MEETING  – Daniel Nolan
    Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens

    Monday, September 9, Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Daniel Nolan

    Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens

    At our September 9, 2019 meeting, we will hear from Daniel Nolan, of Daniel Nolan Design in San Francisco, an authority on dry gardens and the author of Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens, recently published by Rizzoli Press. He will share 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.

    California’s climate can pose challenges when it comes to creating lush landscapes, but Nolan has discovered ways to use creative designs to develop beautiful dry gardens. In Dry Gardens, Nolan uses 25 public and private gardens to illustrate a variety gardening techniques. In September, he will share with us the strategies he used to create these and other modern landscapes.

    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. The evening starts at 6:00 PM at Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego. Parking is free and everyone is welcome. Admission is free for SDHS members and $15 for non-members. For more information, call (619) 296-9215 or visit sdhort.org.

    • Mon, October 14, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel

    October 14, 2019

    OCTOBER MEETING  – Brijette Peña
    Gardens from Seed

    Monday, October 14, Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Details to Come

Past Meetings

Mon, July 08, 2019 July Meeting – Michael Wilken-Robertson, Kumeyaay Ethnobotany
Mon, June 10, 2019 June Meeting – Night at the Fair
Mon, May 13, 2019 May Meeting – The 21st Century Botanic Garden
Mon, April 08, 2019 April Meeting – Mike Evans – Ugly is Not a Turf Replacement
Mon, March 11, 2019 March Meeting – Christopher Woods – Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens.
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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