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Upcoming events

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

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    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.

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    • 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, February 25, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)

    Adam Graves has spent the last five years at the San Diego Zoo horticulture department, managing the browse program, the arborist team, and currently as director of the department.  He is interested in all things “plant,” and has a soft spot for carnivorous plants, bamboo and Australian trees.  He will share his expertise in the horticultural aspect of the zoo - what is planted and how it is used.  He has been passionate about horticulture and agriculture for many years. He received his M.A. in Biology from Miami University, B.S. in Biology from UCSD and has an A.S. from City College in their Urban Agriculture program. His career experience includes volunteer work at the San Diego Natural History Museum, managing a small sustainable farm for a San Diego non-profit, horticultural consulting for UCSD and the global ARC community garden and volunteering at Wild Willow Sustainable Farm.

    • 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.

Past events

Thu, October 22, 2020 Nan Sterman - International Inspirations - Highlights from Gardens Around the World - Zoom presentation
Thu, September 24, 2020 Bill Tall - Why We Do What We Do for our Gardens - City Farmers Nursery
Thu, July 30, 2020 Bring Back the Pollinators: Conserving California’s Native Bees and Butterflies
Wed, July 29, 2020 Bring Back the Pollinators: Conserving California’s Native Bees and Butterflies
Sat, June 27, 2020 2020 Mission Hills Garden Walk
Thu, June 18, 2020 Wild Parrots of San Diego
Sat, June 06, 2020 UCCE workshop: Growing Fresh Herbs for Cooking!
Sat, May 30, 2020 UCCE workshop: How to Grow a Salsa Garden!
Thu, May 28, 2020 2019 San Diego County Superbloom Revisited - From the desert to the mountains to the beaches - Jim Bishop
Sat, May 16, 2020 UCCE workshop: Starting to Grow Your Own Food? Learn How to Win the Battle Against Pests!
Thu, April 23, 2020 Fun in the garden while in the middle of a Pandemic - Fausto Palafox
Fri, April 10, 2020 Online event: Theodore Payne Foundation presents Poppy Hour
Wed, April 08, 2020 Online event: Passionfruit to Parsley: The Science of Victory Gardens
Wed, April 01, 2020 Lions, Tigers and Bears virtual visit
Thu, February 27, 2020 Staghorn Ferns - Master Gardener Lynn Beveridge
Thu, January 23, 2020 Attracting Backyard Birds
Sat, December 07, 2019 December Coffee in the Garden
Wed, November 20, 2019 Floral Design and Holiday Potluck
Thu, September 26, 2019 September 26th - Steve Harbour - Revamping the Tired Landscape

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