Now Accepting Board Of Directors Applications

The San Diego Horticultural Society is currently accepting from now until August 1st applications to serve on the Board of Directors.  

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Of course we are always looking for non-board members to help with the many tasks involved in running the Society.  If you are interested, take a few minutes to update the Volunteer Information of your online profile to tell your interests and skills.

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May Meeting 
Dennis Cathart
Bromeliads in the Wild        
Monday,  May 9 6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

Dennis Cathart of Tropiflora Nursery talks about bromeliads in the wildJoin us for an overview of what bromeliads are, how and where they live and a better understanding of how we can use them in our gardens and conservatories.

Bromeliads are found only in the New World and occur in the U.S. from Virginia along the coast to Texas and in all other countries from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean and even the Galapagos Islands.  Extremely adaptable; bromeliads fill nearly every niche over their range and from sea level to above 12,000 feet. Bromeliads sizes vary from under an inch to over a ton and 25 feet tall.  They live in sun, shade, rainless deserts, cloud forests and some are even rheophytes; plants that live part of their lives in or under water!  Amazing diversity of plant forms (think Pineapple and Spanish Moss, both are bromeliads!) and seemingly limitless adaptations to special habitats make bromeliads fascinating to study and beautiful to look at. 

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
May Featured Garden
Central San Diego
North Park Canyon   
Saturday,  May 14 10:00 AM  - 4:00 PM

Join us to visit the home garden of Landscape Architect, Chris Drayer in South Park neighborhood of San Diego. 

His garden is in an older urban neighborhood close to Balboa Park.  Part of the lot was a city street easement - an overlooked and isolated remnant of a larger canyon system that was destined to be filled in to complete the street grid.  A tall masonry wall now shields the ravine from the busy street.  What was a steep, nearly impenetrable area choked with invasive plants is now a series of gently descending terraces and stairs built of recycled broken concrete pieces. During winter rains, water cascades from several culverts and street drains, and creates a dramatic water garden effect. Wood decks on the slopes overlook a rocky stream channel crossed by a wooden bridge.  Land forms created by the walls and slopes have a sculptural quality, reinforced by an eclectic combination of California Native, Mediterranean zone and tropical plantings.  Because it contains almost all exposures, from north to south facing, deeply shaded to sun baked, the garden provides a perfect laboratory for trying out new landscape plants.  

Members Only

Volunteer at our Garden Exhibit at the Fair
Volunteer as Garden Host
Morning and afternoon shifts available
 June 3 to July 4 

Have you reserved your spot as a Garden Host Volunteer at our exhibit during the San Diego County Fair? Be part of our largest outreach to the San Diego Community. Answer questions and distribute information for a few hours about our exhibit, water conservation, the San Diego County Water Authority and the San Diego Horticultural Society and you will get free entry to the Fair. 

 - Members Only

Save the date- Special June Meeting 
Night at the Fair
Honoring 2016 Horticulturists of the Year
Monday,  June 18  5:30 PM  -7:45 PM

Join us at the San Diego County Fair Flower and Garden Show stage to honor SDHS 2016 Horticulturist of the Year, The past and present Horticulturists of the San Diego Zoo.

Society members have exclusive access to the San Diego County Fair Flower Garden Show exhibits to enjoy the display gardens created by some of our finest local garden professionals.

Inspired by Lewis Carroll classic novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the theme for the Garden Show at this year’s County Fair is Wonderland. Entitled Through the Looking Glass, the San Diego Horticultural Society’s exhibit will be a play on this Wonderland theme, but also pay homage to Lewis Carroll’s sequel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. With a climate and geography that mirror that of Southern California, the garden will feature the Wonderland of plants that originate from South Africa.

The presentation starts at 6:00

  • Members - Free
  • Non-members - $15 
  • Parking - Free
  • No Host Bar
  • Free celebratory cake for everyone!

SDHS is a Pacific Horticulture Partner 
Join or Renew Today  

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. 

Click Here to Join Today - Enter Discount code SDHS2015 for the special SDHS member rate

Click Here to learn about Pacific Horticulture Upcoming Private Garden Tours.

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Monthly Meetings

Mon, May 09, 2016 6:00 PM (PDT) • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mon, June 13, 2016 5:30 PM (PDT) • Garden Show the San Diego County Fair. Park in main lot and follow the signs to the entrance.
Mon, July 11, 2016 5:00 PM (PDT) • San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park

Garden Tours

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Featured Gardens

Sat, May 14, 2016 10:00 AM (PDT) • San Diego - North Park


No workshops currently scheduled. Contact if you would like to host a workshop.

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 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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