Calendar of Events

Send calendar listings by the 15th of the month prior to the event to Barbara Patterson​
Our Calendar lists free workshops and seminars as well as activities organized by our sponsors and local non-profits.  

Next SDHS Meeting: December 9, 2019  
The Magical World of Seeds with Brijette Peña

December, 2019 

Events Hosted by SDHS Sponsors


Evergreen Nursery: FREE Seminar Every Month except December. 

No class in December.



Sunshine Care: Free Seminar Every Month except December. 

No class in December.


Walter Andersen Nursery FREE Saturday Classes. 



San Diego:  9am*

December 7 – Pruning Roses & New Rose Introductions 

December 14 – 9am, Pruning Apples & Cherries; 11am, Holiday Open House

December 21 – NO CLASS

December 28 – NO CLASS

*Classes are held inside in inclement weather.


Poway: 9:30am

December 7 – NO CLASS

December 14 – Make a Succulent Topiary.  $60 materials fee. RSVP & Prepay to 858-513-4900

December 21 – NO CLASS

December 28 – NO CLASS


Events at Public Gardens


Alta Vista Gardens 

TBA – check their website calendar at  


San Diego Botanic Garden 


Now - April, 2020, Sculpture in the Garden.  Works from top regional artists, mindfully selected by Naomi Nussbaum Art and Design displayed against a unique backdrop of natural settings.  Objects are available for purchase. Cost:  Entrance to Sculpture in the Garden is included with paid admission or SDBG membership.


December 3, 9am – 3pm, Holiday Succulent 12” – 16” Wreath Workshop. Design a beautiful succulent wreath with holiday décor touches just in time for your special gatherings! Proudly display your traditional metal wreath on your wall, table or door. Bring small clippers to class. Instructor: SDBG Succulent Wreath Team. Cost:  Members $95, non-members $114. Fee includes materials. Register by November 26.


December 8, 9am – 11am, Forest/Nature Bathing. Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing is a way of connecting people to nature. This idea, and the positive health effects of simply being and walking in a state of relaxation in a natural environment, has undergone significant scientific testing and validation in Japan and Korea. This innovative programming is trending in gardens and nature reserves across the country. Instructor:  Rhana Kozak.  Cost: Members $32, non-members $40. Register on line by November 3.


The Water Conservation Garden 


Garden Tour (FREE every First Saturday)., 10am – 11am.  Walk the garden trails with a Docent Tour Guide and see beautiful water-saving landscapes. Tours begin promptly at 10am.  


December 7, 12pm – 1:30pm, Sign Language and Succulents. A fully ‘hands-on’ class. Learn basic American Sign Language with Director of Programs, Pam Meisner, and practice words to Sign when planting a holiday succulent to take home. Cost:  Garden Members $5, Non-Members $10. On-line registration.


December 14, 12:30pm – 2:15pm, One-on-One Landscape Design Consultations. Meet with professional landscape designer David Clarke, owner of David Clarke Design. Only 2 consultations are being offered on this day. Preregistration required. Cost: $65 for members, $80 for non-members. Start times are first-come, first served, based on registration date/time. Your will be contacted with your specific start time (12:30pm or 1:30pm) once your ticket has been processed.

More info:


Free ADA Shuttle Tour, 10am-11am:  Explore the garden from the comfortable Verbeck Shuttle with a garden docent. Tour seats only 4-5 people. Minimum of 2 weeks advanced reservations required.  Call (619) 660-0614 Ext. 16. Cost:  Free. 


Other Garden-Related Events

Please check with hosts to confirm dates & details.  


December 6, 1:45pm, Vista Garden Club Meeting.  Orchid care will be the presentation topic. Speaker will be Chuck McClung, local botanist, gardening consultant and author of How Orchids Re-Bloom. There will be a fingertip lunch at noon, followed by a business meeting at 12:30, and the program at 1:45pm. Gloria McClellan Senior Center, Azalea Room, 1400 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. More info: email


December 11, 10am, Point Loma Garden Club Annual Holiday Tea and Bazaar. Specialty holiday fresh and dried decorations, crafts and homemade goodies – all lovingly created by club members – are for sale. Find the perfect table centerpieces, wreaths and swags for your home and special gifts for hostesses, friends and family. Proceeds benefit local PLGC philanthropies. Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal, San Diego. More info:


December 12, 9am – 12pm, Village Garden Club of La Jolla monthly meeting. Speaker Tara Dillard, owner of Tara Dillard Landscape Design. Ms. Dillard believes that one’s garden is a template for living a beautiful life, so each garden she designs begins inside the client’s home. Her desire is to inspire her audience to see their garden with fresh eyes. Meeting structure: 9am – 10am, Social Hour, 10am – 10:30am, Business Meeting, 10:30am – 11:45am, Program.  Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Center Drive, San Diego.  More info:


December 17, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, California Native Plant Society San Diego Chapter meeting.  Guest speaker, Richard Louv, is a Journalist, Author, and Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus of Children and Nature Network. Mr. Louv will explore the bond between humans and other animals, making the case that our connection can improve our mental, physical and spiritual lives and is essential to life on Earth. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Presentation at 7pm. Balboa Park, Casa Del Prado, Room 101, San Diego. More info:

Various Times and Dates, Solana Center for Environmental Innovation. Workshops, Backyard Composting, Vermi-composting, Sustainability, Master Composter training.  See website: 


Resources & Ongoing Events


Alta Vista Botanic Gardens: Open Monday-Friday 7:00-5:00; 10:00-5:00 on weekends. Fee: members/free; non-members/$5. 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Info: or (760) 945-3954.


San Diego Botanic Garden: Open daily 9 am – 5 pm (closed on Christmas Day). Address: 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, CA 92024.  Admission Fees: Adults $18, Seniors (60+) and Active Duty U.S. Military $12, Youth (ages 3-17) $10, SDBG Members and children ages 2 and under free. Parking is included with general admission to the Garden. Each Saturday at 10:30 am, visitors can meet at the Gift Shop for a Garden tour that is included with the price of admission or Garden membership. No reservations required. As a public service, the Garden offers free admission to San Diego County residents (I.D. required) on the first Tuesday of every month. Parking Fee is $2 per vehicle on Free Tuesdays. For more information and a list of Garden events and classes, please visit or call (760) 436-3036.


The Water Conservation Garden: Open daily 9am-4pm, except certain holidays. See website for details. Garden admission is FREE.  Docent-led tours begin at 10am, the first Saturday of each month at 10:00am. No reservation required. Group tours are by appointment only. ADA Shuttle Tours are available for those needing assistance. Shuttle seats five. Reservations (two weeks in advance please) are required. 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon.  More info: (619) 660-0614 or:

Mission Trails Regional Park: Guided hikes Wed., Sat. & Sun. Visitor Center open 9-5, off Mission Gorge Rd., San Diego.  More info: (858) 668-3275.


Master Gardener Hotline: Gardening questions answered by trained volunteers Mon.-Fri., 9-3, (858) 822-6910 or www.


South Bay Botanic Garden: Garden experts and docents lead a Garden Walk and Talk from 2pm to 3pm, every Saturday at Southwestern College in Chula Vista.  Park in Lot E.  You must purchase a parking pass from the machines located in parking lots F and G, near the garden.  The talk is free, though a donation of $3 per person is suggested. More info:


Desert Wildflower Hotline: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: (760) 767-4684. Information on events, road conditions, etc.: (760) 767-5311 or


Wildflower Hotline: March to May call the Theodore Payne Foundation hotline: (818) 768-3533 for information on blooms in Southern California and elsewhere: 


Balboa Park Events


Offshoot Tours: FREE easy-paced, 1-hr walking tour in Balboa Park every Saturday at 10am. Tour themes vary. Meet at Visitors Center; canceled if rain or fewer than 4 people. No tours are offered from Thanksgiving through the 2nd Saturday in January. (619) 235-1122.


The Botanical Building is one of the world’s largest lath structures, with 1200+ plants and lavish seasonal displays. FREE. Open Friday–Wednesday, 10am to 4pm.


Botanical Library: Room 105, Casa del Prado, Mon.-Fri. and first Sat., 10am-3pm, FREE. Info: (619) 232-5762.

Japanese Friendship Garden: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm. Cost:  Free 3rd Tuesday of each month; $10/adult, $8/seniors/students/military with I.D., under 6 years of age/free.  2215 Pan American Road, Balboa Park. More info: (619) 232-2721,


San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneer Walks:  Trained volunteers guide you through a local canyon. Times and locations vary. Check website for specifics. Cost: $2 fee. More Info:   


Balboa Park Ranger-led Tours: FREE guided tours discuss the historical and botanical treasures of Balboa Park. Every Sunday, 11am, from Visitor Information Center in the Park’s House of Hospitality. Info: (619) 235-1122.

San Diego Natural History Museum: Exhibits, classes, lectures, etc. (619) 232-3821;


S.D. Zoo: Plant Day and Orchid Odyssey 3rd Friday of every month from 10am to 2pm. Pick up schedule at entry. Info: (619) 231-1515, ext 4306;


Garden Radio Shows

“Garden Talk” radio show with Walter Andersen Nursery, every Saturday from 6:00 to 7:00 am  on KFMB 760 AM.  Mostly local garden events, new or unusual plants available. Most shows are “live”.  Occasionally a show is pre-recorded. Listeners are encouraged to ‘call in’ (for live shows) to get questions answered or promote a garden event.  Lots of fun and it is all local.


Garden America Radio Show (local). Saturday 8–10am on KPRZ 1210AM radio.  Hosts Bryan Main, John Bagnasco and Tiger Palafox. Call-in questions to toll-free number (855) 424-9825. Each show also features an industry “expert”. Podcast and live stream are available through “Biz Talk Radio”.  Archived shows are posted on the “Biz Talk Radio” website:


San Diego County Farmers Markets



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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