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    • Thu, September 24, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)

    Bill who is a San Diego native, founded City Farmers Nursery in 1972 and is family owned to this day.  Bill is going to educate and entertain us with his years of knowledge on planting gardens in regards to space, size, the right plants and low water use to grow the best edible garden possible – while keeping it simple!  He will also discuss proper soil and fertilizer use.

    This presentation will help you know what you will need to do in your own gardens!  Don't miss it.

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     If joining by phone use this #: +1 669 900 6833

    Meeting ID: 843 6098 1916

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    • Thu, October 22, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)

    Do you love to travel, or are you more of an armchair traveler? Whatever your preferred way to see the world, this presentation will thrill you with images of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring gardens. Every year, Nan leads a garden tour to somewhere in the world to see gardens, visit farms, native habitats, nurseries and so much more. She’ll show you amazing, beautiful, imaginative, awe inspiring images shot in gardens she’s seen from England to South Africa, Costa Rica to Spain and some from the US, too. Enjoy this spirited trip while you gather ideas and inspirations for your garden as well! 

    • Thu, November 19, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)

    Bill is an internationally renowned conservation biologist and explorer and started the ECOLIFE Conservation non profit organization.

    Bill's talk is the story of the Monarch butterfly's amazing migration, now an endangered biological phenomenon. 

    From the foothills of California where he pioneered the early years of the California condor recovery program to the remote forests of Madagascar where Bill had his life forever changed, he has collected unusual stories of wildlife and the people who depend on them. Traveling to more than 100 countries, Bill specialized in rain forest transects and remote field conservation programs for the Zoological Society of San Diego.  Bill left the zoo in 2008 after 35 years and launched ECOLIFE Conservation. His career covered a diversity of wildlife from butterflies to gorillas, ants to elephants and now as founder of ECOLIFE Conservation.  Bill is working to bring a humanitarian component into the world of conservation.

    • Thu, January 28, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)

    Located in San Diego, Rappaport Development Consulting Services provide arboriculture consulting services for public and private property.  Founder Jeremy Rappaport is a certified arborist, registered consulting arborist and qualified tree risk assessor.   California has suffered many destructive wildfires and resultant mudslides, causing enormous property damage.  RDCS has provided landscape and tree appraisals for insurers and property owners throughout the state. Finding the perfect plant or tree is a difficult but important process. Through a careful study of horticulture and arboriculture, RDCS provides you with an understanding of specific plant growth characteristics and environmental requirements.  This enables you to create an aesthetically pleasing landscape garden that is compatible with the physical and environmental needs of each individual plant.  RDCS is an independent consulting arboriculture firm and does not prune, cut or remove trees, only consult.  Jeremy will share his vast knowledge and experience with how trees should be cared for optimal beauty and health.

    • Thu, March 25, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)

    Nan is back with another great presentation.  We’ve long heard that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease, incidents of cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. What is the Mediterranean diet? It’s a plant-based diet where olive oil replaces butter, spices and herbs replace salt, and red wine is encouraged as is enjoying meals with family and friends. It includes many familiar edibles and some less familiar ones too, but all are delicious and easy to grow. In this presentation, Nan talks about growing and cooking Mediterranean favorites such as garbanzo beans, fava beans, pomegranate, eggplant, cilantro, tomato, peppers, oregano, bay, artichokes, saffron, rosemary, and more. We’ll discuss the differences between olive oils, as well as why some kinds of olive oils are best for cooking and others for enjoying fresh. Nan will talk about common Mediterranean spices, how to cook with each of these edibles and share many of her favorite Mediterranean recipes, too.

    • Thu, April 22, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)

    Chris represents and markets for different plant growers and presents new plants that are not yet available in nurseries.  He will share and display a variety of plants coming soon to a nursery near you!  He will also make and offer botanical cocktails!  The plan is this will be held in person so you can view things up close.  We will confirm closer to the date.

    • Thu, June 24, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)

    Travel with Kate Sessions on an intrepid journey to bring a new species of palm to the United States and a specialty garden to Balboa Park. Learn how the near death experience of Sessions resulted in the most botanically important garden ever created in Balboa Park (and why that garden is lost). Revisit the creation of the Balboa Park Cactus Garden, a long-held dream of Kate Sessions, realized after many years through the efforts of her friends and admirers.  

    Nancy Carol Carter is a frequent community speaker. She researches and writes about horticultural history and has published in Pacific Horticulture, Eden, the Journal of San Diego History and California Garden. She is the associate editor of California Garden and makes Balboa Park and the life and work of Kate Sessions special areas of research. Carter serves on the boards of San Diego Floral Association and the California Garden and Landscape History Society. She is a long-term member of the Mission Hills Garden Club and volunteers with Friends of Balboa Park and the Balboa Park Conservancy. She is retired from the University of San Diego School of Law.

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