Spring Garden Tour - Saturday April 8

This year’s Garden Tour takes garden lovers to one of the oldest and most tropical areas of San Diego County, Point Loma. 

Some of the lush gardens we will visit include beautiful, mature palm trees and tropical plants, appropriate to the coastal setting. We will also take an up-close look at home gardens in several of the neighborhoods on the peninsula, starting with an artistic garden in Loma Portal and concluding with three unique gardens in La Playa. Along the way, you’ll visit one of San Diego’s best palm gardens, a garden created decades ago by Sinjen (our 1998 Horticulturist of the Year honoree), some top designer gardens, plant collector gardens, a fabulous potter’s garden and several homes that were designed with the gardens in mind. This self-guided tour of a dozen beautiful gardens showcases all that San Diego horticulture has to offer. 
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January Featured Garden
Near Kaiser Hospital on Zion (San Diego)
Succulent Garden Party with Greg Starr
Saturday,  January 21  10:00 AM  - 2:00 PM

Our hosts from previous two Januarys have invited us back again to enjoy their special garden packed  full of all types of succulents along with some cacti and tropicals. It’s been a busy year; they removed a pool, pond, and large palm, and replaced them with two raised garden beds that now contain small succulents, elevated for easier viewing. 

This year Greg Starr (owner of Starr Nursery in Tucson) will be visiting from Tucson to give short talks and sell plants from his nursery. Greg’s books include Cool Plants for Hot Gardens and Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers, and he recently co-authored Field Guide to Cacti and Other Succulents of Arizona

There will be home-baked goods, appetizers, and beverages, and plants for sale (cash only, please) from our hosts extensive collection.  We hope you will check out the gardens and plants, meet Greg, have some refreshments, and say hello! 

Feburary Meeting 
Panayoti Kelaidis, Sr.
Looking for Succulents in all the Wrong Places

Monday,  February 13  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

Our speaker is plant explorer, gardener and public garden administrator associated with Denver Botanic Gardens, Payoti Keldaidis.  

Everyone thinks of Mexico, Argentina, Socotra or the Richtersveld when succulents are mentioned. But people are wild about succulents in China, Europe and even New Zealand.  Over the years Panayoti has been astonished to find wonderful cactus collections in places one would never think to look - wild succulents that are little known in collections.  He'll talk about the secret gardens of succulents around the globe.

Doors open at 6:00.  Come early to enjoy the social hour, check out our new location and shop the vendors.

Presentations start at 6:45

March Meeting 
John Bagnasco
Preserving Rose Genetics
Monday,  March 13  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

In the late 1990s, when John Bagnasco was chief rose buyer for Armstrong Garden Centers, a colleague chided him for not growing any roses in his home garden. “I thought, ‘he’s right’ and decided to give them a try,” Bagnasco says.

Today, more than 1,000 roses thrive on the half-acre garden around Bagnasco’s Fallbrook home. But this collection is different; the majority of the roses are rare and in danger of disappearing. Some are the last of their kind anywhere.

“It’s one of my obsessions now — preserving rose genetics,” said the veteran horticulturist who is co-host and president of the nationally syndicated “GardenLife Radio Show” that reaches more than a million listeners every weekend.

Doors open at 6:00.  Come early to enjoy the social hour, check out our new location and shop the vendors.

Presentations start at 6:45

SDHS is a Pacific Horticulture Partner 
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Pacific Horticulture believes in the power of gardens to enrich people’s lives and inspire environmental stewardship. 

A west-coast based organization founded in 1968, Pacific Horticulture brings horticulturists, designers, and passionate gardeners together to share knowledge through our publications, seminars, and tours.  Pacific Horticulture magazine is widely recognized for its horticultural accuracy, engaging text, and beautiful photographs. As part of their mission to inspire west coast gardeners their website offers an archive of past articles dating back to 2000, available to anyone that visits their website.

SDHS members can join at a special rate $24/year - a savings of $16 off retail price. Membership includes a one-year subscription to the magazine; advance notice for tours and special events; and the popular electronic newsletter. 

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New Meeting Location!

Monthly Meetings are held at:

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

Parking is free with validation.
The parking validation machine is located at meeting check-in tables. 

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Monthly Meetings

Mon, February 13, 2017 6:00 PM • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122
Mon, March 13, 2017 6:00 PM • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122
Mon, April 03, 2017 6:00 PM • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

Featured Gardens

Sat, January 21, 2017 10:00 AM • Near Kaiser Hospital on Zion
Sat, March 04, 2017 10:00 AM • Fallbrook
Sat, April 08, 2017 9:00 AM • Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs

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