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
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.
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
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.
October 14, 2019
OCTOBER MEETING – Brijette Peña
Gardens from Seed
Monday, October 14, Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122
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