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MONTHLY MEETING: Creating Habitat Gardens in San Diego

*Please note location change for September meeting (see below).

Join us on September 10 at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) to hear environmental biologist Clayton Tschudy describe how to create vibrant habitat gardens in San Diego.

Habitat gardens provide food, water, and shelter to an array of living creatures. However, successfully creating a habitat garden requires a regionally specific approach, combining a knowledge of indigenous plant and animal species with a sensitivity to the structure of their habitat.

Too often books on habitat gardens take a broad view of the topic. Mr. Tschudy will focus instead on designing habitat gardens specific to San Diego. In his talk, he will describe the critical design elements, suggest ways to address the twin threats of introduced pests and climate change, and introduce us to some new, and unique, online resources. His talk will also highlight threatened plants and animals that can be a focus of conservation in the home garden.

Clayton Tschudy studied botany at Humboldt State University and has practiced sustainable landscape design for over fifteen years throughout California. His company, CJT Ecologics, specializes in water conservation, restoration, and habitat garden designs. Mr. Tschudy consults with numerous organizations, including the City of San Diego, Friends of Balboa Park, City of Chula Vista, the Port of San Diego, San Diego Canyonlands, Tree San Diego, the California Native Plant Society, and the Irvine Company. He served as the director of horticulture for the Water Conservation Garden from 2013 through 2017. Currently, he is the chair of the Wildlife Advisory Group, consulting on natural resource management for the Chula Vista Bayfront for the Port of San Diego and Chula Vista.

Be sure to join us on September 10. The evening starts at 6:00 PM at MOPA in Balboa Park* (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE). Parking is free and available behind the Fleet Science Center or the San Diego Natural History Museum. Admission is free for SDHS members and $15 for non-members. For more information, call (619) 296-9215 or visit

*MOPA is at 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 and located across from the Lily Pond, on the south side of the El Prado pedestrian area.

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