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Upcoming events

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

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    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.

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

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    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)

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    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)

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    Come celebrate the end of Earth Day tonight by learning how to grow organic, environmentally conscious gardens in containers.

    Eric Olsen is a consummate sales professional with over 7 years of experience in the consumer and commercial gardening industries. He is knowledgeable in many aspects of the industry, such as product marketing, in-store displays, soil and plant science, garden space design, among others. His passions are people and plants. When he’s not in the field visiting stores or doing garden club presentations, he’s with his family or in the garden.

    Eric is passionate about organic gardening, as well as environmentally conscious growing methods. He said, “One of the things that attracted me to joining High Caliper Growing/ Smart Pots, is their environmentally friendly fabric pots do not leech harmful toxins like BPA into our water system. That, and they set the standard by inventing and perfecting the fabric pot made with quality in the USA.”

    This presentation will focus on Container and Raised Bed Gardening and covers a slight history of food production, various container materials, pros and cons for each.  Finally we will learn about Smart Pots, what they are and why they are the best option for growing plants in containers.

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    • Thu, May 27, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)

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    Bill Toone from ECOLIFE Conservation is back!  His presentation this time will be Aquaponics.  

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Past events

Thu, November 19, 2020 Bill Toone - Roar of the the Monarch Butterfly - Zoom Presentation
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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