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Serene Succulents 

This garden, formerly a water-thirsty lawn has been converted to a symphony of succulents. See how we can use leaf color and texture to create vivid gardens without relying on flowers for color. 

Creative and vibrant mosaics made by the owner are artfully displayed throughout the garden.

Artist Jami Wright will be painting in the garden. You can contact Jami via email at:   jwh2ocolor@gmail.com



World Gardens 

Take a long walk up the driveway to experience this exquisite home and garden. The upper level of the garden boasts a large pool terrace with covered patio. Across from the front door lies a grand stairway to the lower garden featuring four parterres, that feature plants from four regions: the Mediterranean, South Africa, Australia and California.

Aritists Cherry Sweig (cherrysweig.com)  will be painting in the garden.  Visit her website to learn more about her work.


Photo credit: Schnetz Landscape, Inc.


Casa de Las Palmas

This desert oasis boasts a collection of cactus and succulents in addition to the namesake palms surrounding a rocky stream and waterfall. A lush botanic garden, it includes a large variety of plants: Forest Pansy Redbuds, Toyon, Plumeria, Arbutus marina, Zuni crape myrtle, citrus trees, Tecoma hybrids, Mexican bird of paradise, Grevilleas, Leucadendron, and a wild rose along the back fence. A compact rose garden and a petite azalea garden add scented blooms. There are multiple seating areas to enjoy this resort atmosphere and if you are lucky you may catch a pink flamingo playing in the lap pool.

Artist Lorri Lynch will be painting in the garden.  Learn more about Lorri and her work on her facebook page:  facebook.com/lorri.lynch


Mudd Nature Preserve

Experience one of San Diego's best award-winning California's native  landscape and habitat surrounding this home. Located on the edge of a canyon, it features a wonderful array of native plants such as wild lilacs (Ceanothus), gold bush sunflowers (Encelia), and cherry-orange monkey followers (Mimulus), as well as several species of sages. The exuberant landscape stretches from the front yard past the pool patio and into the distance, where the original 2-acre home site lies adjacent to a 4-1/2 acre lot the couple purchased to keep as a nature preserve. Pathways lead visitors past many unusual natives to a secret garden by a stream bed. The treatment of the driveway, with a dry streambed running through it, is surrounded by multiple species of Manzanita and oak trees, as well as numerous wildflowers.

The former swimming pool has been transformed into a natural pond complete with fish

Dennis Mudd was our zoom meeting speaker, February 2021.  View the presentation on YouTube

Artist Joyce Trinh will be painting in the garden.  Learn more about Joyce and her work on her facebook page:  facebook.com/joycegia.trinh


Abraxas High School Garden

This award winning school garden exemplifies of how gardens educate. In 2015, Abraxas High School began a school garden. The garden began by transforming a little used tennis court into a thriving outdoor lab to teach students about growing healthy food, and giving back to the community by donating the produce to the people in our community that need it the most. Half of the tennis court grows produce in soil supplied through their compost program. The other half of the garden is powered by an 8000 gallon aquaponic pond filled with over 300 tilapia fish. The garden was built entirely by students in the Abraxas construction class, as well as students in the aquaponic and agriculture classes. The school has donated over 6000 pounds of fresh produce to needy families in our community. Meet the students behind the work and experience the essence of food to table with their new garden kitchen.



Hilltop Haven 

This private hilltop home offers sweeping panoramic views of the Poway hills and beyond. The front gardens, which were once lawn, feature charming vignettes with meandering pathways and eclectic Mediterranean plantings. Through the side gate you enter a unique “gardener’s dream” potting paradise, created with an artist’s touch. The dramatic views continue to the back yard, which features a large gazebo and pool in a park-like botanical setting. A meandering flagstone pathway leads you back through the boulder strewn landscape, with a variety of drought tolerant plantings and a small citrus grove. Multiple seating niches offer a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the garden, the mountains or an evening sunset. Surrounded by 15 acres of open space, it is also a place to view a wide variety of wildlife, including hawks, roadrunners, owls, deer and coyotes.

Artist Sherry Roper will be painting in the garden.  Learn more about Sherry and her work at her website:   sherryroper.com



Contemporary Sanctuary

This  garden makes use of a formerly rocked front yard. Rather than haul away tons of pink rock, the owner chose to compliment the existing rock with a variety of rock mulches that blend to make a unique landscape featuring a covered patio, fire pit, orchard, BBQ, and a stunning pastoral view.

Artist Shelly Madruga will be painting in the garden.  Learn more about Shelly and her work at her website:  shellymadruga.com


Casa de Flores 

This eclectic garden has been featured in various garden publications. A notable feature of this garden is the magnificent Santa Fe style garden room that was fashioned from an old garage. The garden room and rustic gates give way to sweeping views of the mountains beyond the vanishing edge pool, which is framed by lush flower beds. A stroll through the garden reveals an incredible variety of plants including roses, orange pincushion protea, bush poppy,  Leucadendron, kangaroo paws, and grevillea, as well as many other California and Australian natives. Wandering paths then lead through a grove of fruit trees to a secluded meditation garden.

Artist Sarah Sullivan  and Stephanie Van de Wetering will be painting in the garden. 

Learn more about Sarah and her work at her website:  deliberatesketch.com

Learn more about Stephanie and her work at her on instagram at: instagram.com/stephanievandewetering



Old Poway Park 

Old Poway Park features historic buildings from around Poway, brought to the site and restored. Included are Poway's first assembly hall, the International Order of Good Templars Hall and the Nelson House. Take time to grab some grub at the Hamburger Factory. See the 1938 Fairmont Speeder steam engine and ore cars, and a 1894 L.A. Yellow Trolley. Take a break in a two-acre green park styled after the Teddy Roosevelt National Park system.



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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