Calendar of Events

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

Next SDHS Meeting: January 13, 2020  
January, 2020 

Events Hosted by SDHS Sponsors


Evergreen Nursery: FREE Seminar Every Month 



January 4, 10am, Planning, Feeding and Pruning Your Garden in Winter. If you love gardening, you love San Diego. We are fortunate enough to be able to be outside all year. Lots of people are buried in snow while we are able to do the feeding, planting and pruning necessary to have a beautiful garden throughout the year. All of these things and more will be discussed. 


Cadence at Poway Gardens (formerly Sunshine Care): FREE Seminar Every Month except December. 


January 18th- 10:30 am- “Pruning, Planting and Basic Rose Care” w/ speaker Bob Martin, past president of the American Rose Society


Walter Andersen Nursery FREE Saturday Classes. 


San Diego:  9am*

January 4 - Pruning Apples and Cherries

January 11 - Introduction to New Varieties

January 18 - Pruning Stone Fruits

January 25 - SD Bare root Berries & Grapes

December 21 – NO CLASS

December 28 – NO CLASS

*Classes are held inside in inclement weather.


Poway: 9:30am

January 4 – Fruit Tree Pruning & Spraying with Richard Wright

January 11 – Rose Pruning & Care with David Ross

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.


January 12, 9am – 12pm, Succulent Wall Planter. Learn the basics of planting a living wall and then plant one yourself. A 10” x 20” frame and succulents in a wide variety of colors, textures and sizes will be provided. Can be displayed inside or out. The possibilities of striking patterns and unique designs are endless. Instructor: SDBG Succulent Wreath Team. Cost:  Members $110, non-members $116. Fee includes materials. Register by January 7.


January 19, 10am – 12pm, Orchid Kokedama Workshop. Kokedama is a traditional Japanese Living Art form where moss is used as a container for a plant. In this interesting and hands-on workshop, you will learn the skills behind Kokedama and how to make your very own. Bring you own apron and gloves. Instructor:  Kodema Forest.  Cost: Members $20, non-members $24. Register on line by January 12.


January 25, 9am – 3pm, Open Heart Succulent Wreath Workshop. Create a unique wreath with special clippings from the Botanic Garden. It will make a beautiful centerpiece or welcome wreath. Bring small clippers. Instructor:  SDBG Succulent Wreath Team. Cost: Members $75, non-members $90. Fee includes all materials. Please register by January 18, 2020. 


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.  


January 11, 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:


January 25, 10am – 11:30am, Kickstart Your Veggie Garden. Veggie garden planting season is just around the corner and Brijette Pena gets you growing. Receive expert advice along with seed pack of seasonal veggies from her very own San Diego Seed Company. Cost:  Member $10, Non-Members $15.


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.  


January 3, 1:45pm, Vista Garden Club Meeting.  Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers will bring plants from the protea family that do well in Vista gardens. Learn how to care for the pincushion plant that blooms with lovely flowers frequently used in floral design. 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

January 8, 10am, Point Loma Garden Club Monthly Meeting. Landscape Design and Landscape Quality Native Plants with be the topic this month. Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal, San Diego. More info:

January 8, 10am, Poway Valley Garden Club Meeting. Megan Allison will speak about San Diego Soil. Templars Hall, Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd., Poway. More info:

January 8, 10am, Poway Valley Garden Club Meeting. Megan Allison will speak about San Diego Soil. Templars Hall, Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd., Poway. More info:

January 14, 10am – 11am, Dos Valles Garden Club Meeting. Taylor Zumstein, Events Coordinator, San Diego County Farm Bureau, Friends of Farming. St. Stephen Community Hall, 31020 Cole Grade Rd., Valley Center. More info: 


January 15, 6:30pm San Diego Cymbidium Society. Meeting with Guest Speaker. Public welcome.

Meeting in the Recreation Room at the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave, San Marcos. More info:


January 23, 9am – 12pm, Village Garden Club of La Jolla monthly meeting. 

Speaker: Charles Needle, Photographer, Nature Photography, Open to Guests “Gardens throughout the World”
Charles Needle is a highly acclaimed fine art and editorial nature photographer and writer with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. The photographer's sensitive eye is drawn to line, shape, texture and color, all of which work together to create a visually pleasing photograph and encourage viewers to look deeper beyond what is apparent to discover the true inner "light" within each subject.

His images evoke a spiritual, almost meditative, quality which draws viewers into the essence of each form. Charles is deeply aware of the inherent order in all of nature, and he aims to capture this order by portraying each subject's inner beauty from even the smallest of details. 

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:

January 21, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, California Native Plant Society San Diego Chapter Meeting. Speaker Cythia Powell, Executive Director of Calflora will discuss New Calflora Tools for CNPS Users.

January 25, 9am – 3pm, California Native Plant Society San Diego Chapter Workshop: Integrating Sustainable Practices into Your California Native Garden. Balboa Park, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. More info:


January 25, 12pm – 5pm & January 26, 10am – 4pm, San Diego Orchid Society Show and Sale. Orchids in the Park. Cost:  Free. Balboa Park, Casa del Prado, Room 101. 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 9am-5pm; extended hours till 9pm for Garden of Lights (closed Christmas); 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas.  Fee: Adults $18, Seniors and Active Military $12, Youth ages 3-18 $10, Members and Ages 2 and under Free. 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 $2, including on Free Tuesdays.  Meet at the Visitor’s Center/Gift Shop for a tour starting at 10:30am every Saturday.  Free with admission or paid membership. No reservations required.  More info:  (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



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Our Vision   To champion regionally appropriate horticulture in San Diego County.

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