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By Frank Mitzel.

Our May monthly meeting was well attended. Our speaker, Ari Novy, the President and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden, gave an informative presentation on the future of the 21st century botanic garden in San Diego and beyond.

This year’s recipient of the San Diego Horticultural Society Horticulturalist of the Year Award is our very own past SDHS President, Jim Bishop. A special SDHS meeting, "A Night At the Fair" will be held on Monday, June 10th to honor Jim for all his contributions to the world of horticulture throughout San Diego over a span of many years. Please join us in June for celebratory cake and a cash bar at the Fairgrounds, instead of the Temple. The Fair is closed on Monday nights, so you can view all the beautiful landscape exhibits without the usual crowds. Parking is free.


On Thursday, May 9th, I was honored to attend the annual Cuyamaca College Scholarship banquet at the Morgan Run Gold Club where two deserving students each received a $1000 scholarship from our Society.

Alicia Raposa, who is pursuing degrees in Arboriculture and Sustainable Urban Landscapes, received the Don and Dorothy Walker award. Gregory Thayer, who is pursuing degrees in Arboriculture and Landscape Technology, received the SDHS scholarship award.

The Board has elected to increase the support to students at Cuyamaca College by adding yet a third $1000 annual scholarship award for students, beginning in 2020. We are grateful for the opportunity to help support these dedicated students in their pursuit of knowledge and science related to horticulture and landscaping.

The SDHS also awards scholarships and grant money to other learning institutions on an annual basis. Thanks to everyone involved for their continued support.

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