With 2,143 plant species, San Diego County has more species of plants than any county in the contiguous United States. The geography of the county ranging from salt marshes, lagoons, coastal sage scrub, grasslands, chaparral, oak woodlands, stream sides, mixed conifer forests, freshwater marshes and meadows, to desert makes gardening here fascinating and complex. The San Diego Horticultural Society is dedicated to educating residents about gardening in this rich horticulture environment with many micro-climates.
Gardening enthusiasts are invited to join us at our monthly meetings and other events. With the exception of June and December, our meetings are held the second Monday of the month at the Congregation Beth Israel in the UTC area. Each month, we present speakers of local, national, and international renown with specific areas of expertise. In addition to meetings, we host educational workshops, visit local gardens, and organize an annual garden tour highlighting an area or neighborhood in San Diego County.
The only requirement to joining the San Diego Horticultural Society is a curiosity about horticulture and an interest in learning new things. We're a friendly and dynamic group, and welcome garden enthusiasts from throughout the region, from North County to South Bay. Annual membership starts at just $30.
Each month, we distribute our e-newsletter, Let’s Talk Plants!, which features fascinating articles and information on gardening topics. Even if you can’t attend meetings, our newsletters offer a trove of information. You can find the current and past issues online at sdhortnews.org.
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|Hort of the Year
Every year, the Board of Directors of the San Diego Horticultural Society selects an important member of the local horticultural community to honor as our Horticulturist of the Year. The award recognizes an individual for their achievements, service, and contributions to the field of horticulture. We present the award at a private event in the gardens area of the San Diego County Fair in June. Attendance at the event is free for all SDHS Members; the award presentation takes the place of the June monthly meeting.
|The San Diego Horticultural Society has served the local gardening community since 1994. Membership fees cover only a portion of our costs, and tax-deductible contributions help us to expand our efforts to promote horticulture in the San Diego region. Donations of any amount are welcomed and make a difference.
Susi Torre-Bueno served as president from 2003 to 2010 and was instrumental in growing the organization and establishing us as a San Diego institution. In 2012, Susi was honored our Horticulturist of the Year.
Jim Bishop served as president from 2011 to 2017 and was instrumental in expanding our technical capabilities to meet the technical challenges of the 21st Century.