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August - My Life with Plants – Confessions of a Plantaholic

  • Mon, August 14, 2017
  • 5:45 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122


  • Pay at meeting check-in

Jim Bishop

My Life with Plants: Confessions of a Plantaholic

Jim Bishop, plantaholic, walks us through his addiction to plants, starting with his first gateway plant memories as a child to the many plants, people, and places that led to a full-blown obsession.

Jim was fortunate to grow up in many different environments in the U.S. and always noted the differences climate had on plants. From grade school through high school, he was already into gardening and growing flowers and vegetables from seed, taking care of his parents’ yard, and eventually landscaping the home they purchased his freshman year of college. Plants played a critical role in his decision to accept an unusual job offer in San Jose, California, and relocate from his native Texas. Eventually, the desire to own a home and grow more plants would lead to his decision to relocate once again to San Diego. His home in Encinitas for 14 years became his personal test garden for many different plants, plant passions, and landscape trends. Plants also played a key role in Jim's meeting his life partner, Scott Borden. In 1998, they would purchase their current home and transform it with plants, gardens, and hardscape to create a unique and well-known San Diego garden.

Despite his life-long obsession for plants, it was only in his mid-50s that Jim would briefly become involved in horticulture as a profession. He worked as a landscape designer and was the assistant coordinator of the Garden Show at the San Diego County Fair. In 2009, he joined the board of the San Diego Horticultural Society and was elected its third president in 2011. During his tenure, Jim has written a monthly featured column, entitled My Life with Plants, for the Society’s newsletter, Let’s Talk Plants! You can read all of his past columns online at: My Life With Plants

Join members of the SDHS board, including in-coming president Frank Mitzel, for a celebration in honor of outgoing and incoming SDHS officers and board members. Festive free snacks and beverages will be served during a meet-and-greet reception starting at 5:45 p.m. in advance of the monthly meeting.

Don’t miss this opportunity to thank Jim and welcome new leaders to SDHS. 

The presentation starts at 6:45pm.

Members: Free
Guests: $15
Parking: Free

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