Upcoming Meetings

    • Mon, March 12, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Jeff Moore
    Soft Succulents

    March’s speaker needs no introduction to most of our members; with 25 years experience running a successful Nursery, a large portfolio with gardens and two published books, all showcasing the fascinating world of Succulents, Jeff Moore will be joining us to promote his upcoming book: Soft succulents

    Focusing primarily on genus’ like aeoniums, echeverias, crassulas, sedums, dudleyas and other softer non-spiny succulents, his newest book largely talks about the plants themselves along with information and pictures of them in their native habitats. His talk will largely go i more detail on these plants in cultivation, some common, some not often seen, but all guaranteed to intrigue us with amazing colors and textures.

    Succulent & Pottery Marketplace starts at 5:30 PM

    Presentations begin at 6:45 PM

    Free for SDHS Members; $15 Non-members (tickets at door) 

    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, April 09, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    The San Diego Zoo’s Native Seed Bank
    Saving Flora, One Seed at a Time

    April is Native Plant Month, and we are in for a special treat. Stacy Anderson, Joe Davitt and Tobin Weatherson from the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation will describe their work establishing the Native Seed Bank. In collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Institute has been working to conserve and rescue many of our county’s indigenous plant species using a variety of methods for drying, freezing and storing seeds. The Native Seed Bank also undertakes special conservation practices so that the seeds they save will be viable and can be grown and propagated as needed.

    Since 2004 the Institute has been working jointly with state and local government agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and SANDAG, the San Diego Association of Governments, as well as Kew Gardens and local plant rescue groups to preserve our local native flora. While many of us are familiar with the San Diego Zoo’s efforts to breed and conserve endangered animal species, our April 9th meeting will showcase a mission of the zoo that is seldom seen. This mission is particularly important to SDHS, as it conserves plants from our own backyard that are threatened by urban development and a changing climate. Come listen to what is sure to be an inspiring and encouraging presentation.

    Presentations start at 6:45

    Members free

    Guests $15

    Parking free for everyone

    • Mon, May 14, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92122

    Nan Sterman 
    Hot Color, Dry Garden

    Nan Sterman is no stranger to San Diego gardeners. She is the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles and two well-received books. Her long running television series, “A Growing Passion,” is an important source of information for novice and experienced gardeners alike. Now she has added a new book to her resume: Hot Color, Dry Garden showcases gardens across the Southwest, from the Mediterranean climate of San Diego to arid Arizona, addressing garden design, debunking low-water gardening myths, and offering a wealth of plant suggestions.

    During the last few years, faced with a continuing drought, many in the Southwest have tried to plant in a more water wise manner. Unfortunately, water wise and drought-tolerant is too often equated with drab gravel lots enlived with just a few plants scattered here and there. Hot Color, Dry Garden provides home gardeners with an alternative: a color-filled garden that will flourish in low-water conditions. Please join us May 14th for a special night as Nan Sterman introduces us to her newest publication.

    Presentations start at 6:45

    Members free

    Guests $15

    Parking free for everyone

Past Meetings

Mon, February 12, 2018 February - Tom Nuccio - Nuccio’s Camellias
Mon, January 08, 2018 January - Gary Ferguson – Wildfires in the West
Mon, November 13, 2017 November - Gardens on the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes
Mon, October 09, 2017 October - Designing with Succulents in the New San Diego Garden
Mon, September 11, 2017 September - 20 South African Plants Every Home Landscaper Should know
Mon, August 14, 2017 August - My Life with Plants – Confessions of a Plantaholic
Mon, July 10, 2017 July - The Geraniaceae Family in Our Gardens
Mon, June 12, 2017 June - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 08, 2017 May - Foliage First
Mon, April 03, 2017 April - The No Sacrifice Low Water California Garden
Mon, March 13, 2017 March - Preserving Rose Genetics
Mon, February 13, 2017 February - Looking for Succulents in all the Wrong Places
Mon, January 09, 2017 January - Down Under Wonders
Sat, December 03, 2016 December - Horticultural Day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Mon, November 14, 2016 November - The Drought-Defying California Garden
Mon, October 10, 2016 October - The Bold Dry Garden: Inspiration from the Ruth Bancroft Garden
Mon, September 12, 2016 September - Aloes and Agaves
Mon, August 08, 2016 August - The Roar of the Monarch Butterfly
Mon, July 11, 2016 July - Horticultural Evening at the San Diego Zoo
Mon, June 13, 2016 June - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 09, 2016 May - Bromeliads in the Wild
Mon, April 11, 2016 April - Perspective, Forty Years Among the Natives
Mon, March 14, 2016 March - Botanical Collection at the San Diego Zoo
Mon, February 08, 2016 February - Think Outside the Box: Thirty Design and Horticultural Techniques
Mon, January 11, 2016 January - Contemporary, Expressive and Sustainable Southwestern Gardens
Mon, December 14, 2015 December - Waterwise Lessons from theGarden
Mon, November 09, 2015 November - Designer Panel: Small is Beautiful
Mon, October 12, 2015 October - Hot Colors, Dry Garden
Mon, September 14, 2015 September - Refresh Your Garden Design
Mon, August 10, 2015 August - The Ecology of California Garden Bees
Mon, July 13, 2015 July - Rush to Restios
Mon, June 08, 2015 June - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 11, 2015 May - Palms for San Diego
Mon, April 13, 2015 April - Jon Rebman
Mon, March 09, 2015 March- Eucalyptus: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Mon, February 09, 2015 February- Plants with Benefits
Mon, January 12, 2015 January - Under the Spell of Succulents
Mon, December 08, 2014 December - Centennial Celebrations: Remembering and Commemorating the 1915 Panama-California Exposition
Mon, November 10, 2014 November - Holiday Marketplace
Mon, October 13, 2014 October - Lawn Gone: Landscape Designer Panel
Mon, September 08, 2014 September - Randy Baldwin of San Marcos Growers
Mon, August 11, 2014 August Meeting - Creating Paradise Wherever You Live
Mon, July 14, 2014 July Meeting - Scent-sational Plumeria
Mon, June 09, 2014 June Meeting - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 12, 2014 May Meeting - Stuck on You! Indoor and Outdoor Projects with Succulents
Mon, April 14, 2014 April Meeting - Oaks of San Diego County
Mon, March 10, 2014 March Meeting - Tried and True or Brand New: Citrus in Today’s Gardens
Mon, February 10, 2014 February Meeting - The Wild World of Succulents
Mon, January 13, 2014 January Meeting - Native Plants of Chile
Mon, December 09, 2013 December Meeting - The Drunken Botanist
Mon, November 11, 2013 November Meeting - Holiday Marketplace
Mon, October 14, 2013 October Meeting - Trends in Contemporary Landscape Design
Mon, September 09, 2013 September Meeting - Right Plant for the Right Place
Mon, August 12, 2013 August Meeting - Drip is Hip
Mon, July 08, 2013 July Meeting - Succulents Simplified
Mon, June 24, 2013 June Meeting - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 13, 2013 May Meeting - Seriously Funny - The Business of Plants
Mon, April 08, 2013 April Meeting - Writing the Book on Natives
Mon, March 11, 2013 March Meeting - Growing on Air: Amazing Tillandsias
Mon, February 11, 2013 February Meeting - The Future of Roses in Today's Gardens
Mon, January 14, 2013 January Meeting - Exotic Bulbs for Southern California
Mon, December 10, 2012 December Meeting - Bring me Slow Flowers
Mon, November 12, 2012 November Meeting - The Edible Front Yard - Special Meeting!
Mon, October 08, 2012 October Meeting - A Californian's Guide to the Trees among Us
Mon, September 10, 2012 September Meeting - Welcome to Club Med
Mon, August 13, 2012 August Meeting - The Revolutionary Yardscape
Mon, July 09, 2012 July Meeting - Not Just for Show
Mon, June 11, 2012 June Meeting - Night at the Fair
Mon, May 14, 2012 May Meeting - Small is the New Big
Mon, April 09, 2012 April Meeting - Fitting CA Native Plants in CA-style Gardens
Mon, March 12, 2012 March Meeting - From Seed to Skillet
Mon, February 13, 2012 February Meeting - Trees of Ill Repute
Mon, January 09, 2012 January Meeting - A Rollicking Trip into the World of Cactus and Succulents
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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