December Meeting 
Clayton Tschudy 
Waterwise Lessons from the Garden
Monday,  December 14  6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM



Many of us have visited the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon (theGarden).  Director of Horticulture and Exhibits, Clayton Tschudy, will update us on the ecology landscaping and other waterwise lessons from theGarden.

Founded in response to the drought of the late 90’s, the Water Conservation Garden has nearly 20 years of experience in the local use of drought tolerant plants and xeriscape garden management.  Clayton Tschudy will discuss the successes and challenges faced by theGarden over the years and innovations being undertaken in response to the current drought crisis, such as bioswale water capture, cutting edge irrigation technologies, and hugelkultur trenching for improved drought tolerance in trees. Additionally, he will lecture on the Garden’s new Native Habitat, a drought tolerant landscape based on ecological principles and local plant diversity that features habitat components for native butterflies.


Just in time for the holidays, the San Diego Floral Association will be selling fresh cut proteas at the meeting.  Bring cash or checks to purchase.

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

Garden Tour
Tour Guide: Robert Kopfstein
Gardens of Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
March 13-18, 2016

Every other year SDHS hosts a multiday out of town tour for members. Our tour for 2016 is March 13-18 to visit the gardens of Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. Our tour guide is president of the San Diego Bromeliad Society, Robert Kopfstein.        

Our home for all 5 nights is the Posada de Roger , a quaint Mexican-style hotel in downtown Puerto Vallarta surrounded by beautiful gardens and authentic Mexican architecture. The hotel is within walking distance of many markets, shops, and cafes in the area and is located one block from the main beach in Old Town. 

The tour visits the Vallarta Botanic Gardens, the old mining town of San Sebastian de Oeste, Cabo Corrientes the southernmost point of the Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags) on the Pacific coast of the Mexican state of Jalisco, and several other gardens and locations. This is a small tour and expected to sell out quickly.  To find out more and reserve your spot, go to SterlingTours and click on "Puerto Vallarta".  


2016 Spring Garden Tour
Save the Date 
Gardens of Del Mar
Saturday,  April 2  9AM  - 4PM



This year's tour showcases the wonderfully diverse private gardens in neighborhoods in and near Del Mar

Ticket Sales Begin January, 2016 

Check back for more information

Aloes, Wine, & Cheese  
Saturday, January 9 2:30-5:30 PM
A Garden Event in Support of Pacific Horticulture Society

Join us for an afternoon of winter bloom and good cheer in the home and garden of Pacific Horticulture Society board member Scott Borden and San Diego Horticultural Society president Jim Bishop.

Perched on a hillside overlooking Mission Valley with an expansive view from the mountains to the sea, Scott and Jim have created a Mediterranean villa garden brimming with plants from all over the world. Their collection of plants from Australia and South Africa are at their best in January—especially the aloes. Immerse yourself in seasonal blooms with a guided tour of the densely planted slope as you stroll up and down the garden’s hand-built pathways. Then gather in the garden casita to nibble on winter treats while enjoying a glass of wine—perhaps from South Africa in honor of the aloes—and warm up next to the fire as you relax to the pleasing accompaniment of the three nearby fountains.

Space is limited for this exclusive event. Register early to avoid being left out in the cold.

$35 for members of Pacific Horticulture Society
$45 for non-members and guests

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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Monthly Meetings

Mon, December 14, 2015 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mon, January 11, 2016 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mon, February 08, 2016 6:00 PM • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Garden Tours

Sun, March 13, 2016 8:00 AM • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Sat, April 02, 2016 9:00 AM • Neighborhoods near Del Mar


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