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NEXT HYBRID MEETING: Beyond Bananas! Subtropical Fruits for So. Cal. w/Richard Reid

Please join us on

Monday, December 12, 2022,

at 6 pm in-person at Congregation Beth Israel (map and address below)

or at 6:45 pm on Zoom


our next hybrid meeting on

December 12, 2022,

Beyond Bananas! Subtropical Fruits for Southern California with Richard Reid.

Richard Reid has been an avid gardener for as long as he can remember. Growing up in San Diego, with its 365-day growing season, never a day went by when he was not getting his hands dirty.

After finishing his PhD in Chemistry at the University of California Santa Barbara, Richard returned to San Diego and moved out to the East County to start a life and backyard garden. Soon, after settling in, a chance encounter with a forlorn potted jaboticaba, Myrciaria cauliflora Berg., at the old Simpson’s Nursery would change his life forever. He had been bitten by the exotic fruit bug and started collecting and growing every exotic fruit he could find. Time passed, and he left that collection, but not his interest in exotics. He currently lives in Carmel Valley with his wife, daughter and far too many potted plants on a too small suburban lot.

His main plant interests are finding new species of fruit to grow in Southern California as well as “zone pushing,” trying to figure out just what tropical fruits might be able to adapt to our climate zones.


Jeffrey Stewart, Potter, of Human Hands Pottery will once again be on hand (pun intended!) at the in-person CBI meeting selling his gorgeous, one-of-a-kind planters.


SD HORT BOOK CLUB: December 5, 2022, on Zoom only at 4:30 p.m. for happy half hour social time and 5 p.m. for discussion of The Multifarious Mr. Banks by Toby Musgrave, © 2020, Yale University Press.

From Botany Bay to Kew, The Natural Historian Who Shaped The World

Want to join the SD Book Club? We'd love to have you! Just send an email to with Book Club in the subject line and the Zoom link will be emailed to you. Come once or come every time. Even if you haven't read the book. All are welcome.



Beth Israel of San Diego

9001 Towne Centre Drive

San Diego, CA 92122


SDHS members and guests can park in the Beth Israel lot at the base of their grand staircase, entered on Golden Haven Road. An elevator by the guard booth is available to access all levels. In the event that the lot is full, Beth Israel has arranged for parking in the adjacent Gateway Building parking lot.



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