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November - Designer Panel: Small is Beautiful

  • Mon, November 09, 2015
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds


  • with online preregistration guest pass or $5 at the door. SDHS members do not need to preregister.
Designer Panel
Small is Beautiful: Design Ideas for Small Spaces

Limited space doesn’t rule out beautiful garden design. Learn how to transform minimal spaces – a courtyard, balcony or urban backyard – into garden showcases in this program, our annual panel of talented local landscape designers.  This year we welcome Susanna Pagan of SP Gardens, Amelia B. Lima of Amelia B Lima & Associates, Inc., and Koby of Koby’s Garden Alchemy, Inc. They will help those with space challenges discover how to organize small gardens into defined areas and demonstrate ways to create the illusion of larger spaces by going vertical, designing along diagonals and using containers. Other key strategies for maximizing space will be illustrated with photos of garden design solutions from around the county. Don’t miss this inspired presentation timed to help you make the most of San Diego’s enviable fall planting season.

More about our panelists

Amélia B. Lima
Amelia B. Lima & Associates, Inc.

Amélia B. Lima was born in Brazil and has been working in the US since 1988. She has projects completed in Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Rancho Santa Fe, Santee, and San Diego. She was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Roberto Burle Marx in 1989, and to witness him create some of his famous landscapes. She is a Certified Professional Designer by the Association of Professional Landscape Designer (APLD) since 2000.

With a background in Architecture and a degree in Horticulture, she focuses on the idea that a well designed garden will have strong architectural features combined with climate suitable plant material.
Her projects include residential designs in the US and abroad.

Her work has been featured on Sunset Magazine, Sunset Book, The New York Times, A Growing Passion( episode 306), APLD The Designer, and

Koby’s Garden Alchemy, Inc.

Horticulturalist, Designer, Plant enthusiast and a national garden design winner for creative planning;  Koby, was encouraged to play in the dirt and the garden from an early age.  Artistically inclined he thought commercial art would be a good vocation, but got sidetracked and addicted to growing wonders of gardening.  While he worked for an interior and exterior plant maintenance company and two nurseries, is apprenticeship was informal and hands-on.   His work has been prominently featured in print and visual media.  32 years and numerous clients later he has a style and company all his own, also specializing in the smallest of gardens – containers.  Koby continues to study and collect plants to seed new gardening ideas.


Susanna Pagan
SP Gardens

Susanna Pagan, a landscape designer, was born in Northern California, moving to San Diego for her college education.  She transitioned from her career in graphic design into landscape design in 2005, using her flair for art, design and love of horticulture, to create beautiful garden designs.  Susanna has grown her business into an award-winning landscape design company, servicing clients in North San Diego County. She has been awarded numerous design awards including her Fair display garden for the San Diego  Horticultural Society in 2012 and Best of Houzz award in 2014 and 2015. She has been featured in San Diego Home and Garden Magazine, Modern Luxury Interiors California, as well as numerous local publications. She currently serves on the San Diego Horticultural Society Board, as the Public Relations Chair. 

Doors open at 6 PM.  Shop our vendors, renew your membership, check out the plant forum table or mingle.

The presentation starts at 6:45

Members free 
Guests $15
Parking free for everyone

    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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