By Donna Tierney
The San Diego Horticultural Society’s annual event honoring outstanding horticulturalists was held on June 13th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Members and guests were able to view the many wonderful garden exhibits and talk to their designers on an evening not open to the public. Inspired by this year’s fair theme of “Through the Looking Glass,” many exhibits featured water wise plants combined with varying degrees of whimsy.
SDHS’s own exhibit was sponsored by the San Diego County Water Authority and designed and installed by Linda Teague, with help from Mary Friestedt and Dave Ericson. It featured a gorgeous array of South African plants. Since South Africa is located on the same latitude as San Diego and has a similar Mediterranean climate, these plants perform very well in our local gardens.
|This year’s Horticulturalist of the Year Award was presented to the Horticulture Staff (both past and present) of the San Diego Zoo, which is celebrating its 100 year anniversary! Inspired by the vision of Dr. Harry Wegeforth in 1916, the zoo sits on 100 acres. Over the past 100 years its landscape has evolved from a small number of donated plants to the gem that is celebrated internationally today! This transformation is a direct result of the dedication and expertise of the many fine horticulturists who are currently working or have worked at the zoo over the years. The horticulturists representing the Zoo at the presentation had a combination of 125 years of experience! Congratulations to all for this incredible achievement!
At the end of the presentation, the honorees, members and guests enjoyed the traditional cakes provided by SDHS. Thanks to the volunteers and Fairgrounds staff (especially Cindy Benoit) who helped make the evening a great success, and to Carol Lane for organizing the event.