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NEWS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: Upcoming 3-day Transcontinental Eucalyptus Webinar & More -

From Lynn Neagley.

1. Upcoming 3-day Transcontinental Eucalyptus Webinar

Two experts on Eucalyptus trees will be presenting a transcontinental, 3-day webinar on the world’s commonly grown eucalypts. Dr. Matt Ritter, from California, and Dr. Dean Nicolle, the world’s expert on Eucalyptus trees from Adelaide, Australia, will give a comprehensive overview of this fascinating genus of over 800 species.

The course will meet for two hours a day for three days and cover all aspects of Eucalyptus biology. Drs. Nicolle and Ritter will begin with the basics of Eucalyptus trees and continue to explore in-depth the biology, identification, selection, uses, and management of these versatile trees in the urban forest. Participants will gain experience identifying Eucalyptus species and will be given tools to continue learning after the course. This is critical knowledge for urban forestry, tree selection, and home gardening. 

ISA/APLD Continuing Education Units Available: 6.00 CEUs CTM, 3 BCMA science, 3 BCMA practice

Registration: The live, un-recorded webinar includes all three 2-hour sessions (6 hours total). Registration fee: $50.00 (U.S. dollars)

The webinar is July 14, 15, 16, from 3:30-5:30 pm PST over Zoom. 

You will receive a Zoom link to the webinar once registered. If you have questions contact Dr. Yost at

Register here: Day 1: Eucalyptus biology and worldwide cultivation Day 2: Eucalyptus identification using keys Day 3: Eucalyptus in urban forestry  Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested. 


2. The La Jolla Historical Society's Secret Garden Tour

With the current COVID situation in San Diego County, and with the health and safety of the public as top priority, the La Jolla Historical Society has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Secret Garden Tour (SGT) scheduled for August 8th. However, we are transitioning the SGT to an exciting Virtual Garden Party event on August 22!  Although we won’t be able to physically meet in the gardens, this fun and interactive online event, taking place August 22th at 7:00pm on Zoom, will allow us to engage with our La Jolla Historical Society members and the hundreds of loyal supporters who attend the Secret Garden Tour.

The Virtual Garden Party event will allow our members and SGT attendees to:

  •  Learn about the history of the Secret Garden Tour from the founders.

  • See beautiful gardens from past years and vote for your favorites.

  • Hear from board members and garden committee members about some of the most interesting and creative gardens from previous years.

  • Learn what makes a good garden tour garden.

  • Enjoy music from SGT musicians and see tabletop displays.

  • Learn about the unique items for sale from our Boutique vendors.

  • See artwork painted in the gardens and learn how you can purchase.

  • Get a behind the scenes view of our six amazing “experience auction items” and learn how to place a bid for these once in a lifetime items which support La Jolla Historical Society.

More information about the event, including how to register and attend will be available in the coming days on our website  and on social media. The event will be free of charge to attend. We hope you, your family and friends will be able to join us from home, raise a glass with us and enjoy this fun garden party event live on August 22nd!


3. The Water Conservation Garden is open once again!

To make sure staff and visitors are safe, they made some adjustments to how they operate.  For the safety of all guests, a limited number of visitors will be admitted to The Garden. Tickets will be made available at the door. Revenue generated from tickets will allow The Garden to continue its operations and increase health and safety measures. We appreciate your support!


The Water Conservation Garden

Tuesday – Sunday | 9:00am – 2:00pm*

*Last entry into The Garden is 1:00pm. The Garden is closed on Mondays.

Garden Gift Shop

Tuesday – Sunday | 10:00am – 2:00pm

However, please note; Closed July 4th.

Can't visit? Online programs are available 24/7 here:


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