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PEAKS & VALLEYS POWAY GARDEN TOUR 2022 REPORT: Part 2 - Garden Inspiration At Every Stop

By Karen England, for Let's Talk Plants! June 2022.

Did you get garden inspired during the San Diego Horticultural Society’s 2022 Peaks and Valleys of Poway Garden Tour back in March? If so, please consider helping to plan the 2023 tour!

Mark your calendars – Saturday, March 25, 2023, is the next tour.

While the location is yet to be determined, work is already underway to make it as inspiring an event as this year, but it won’t happen without your help! Sign up now to help plan the event by emailing with “2023 Garden Tour” in the subject line.

After tabulating all the event ticket sales and comparing this information with the check-in sheets from each garden, it has been determined that the 2022 SDHS Garden Tour was a smashing success in every respect.

There were eight locations on the tour, and of the over 700 tickets sold, 631 ticket holders checked-in to at least one of the eight gardens. According to the tally counters at each garden (the counters were so kindly loaned to us by the Master Gardeners of San Diego County, big thank you to the MGs!) each location had an average of 408 visitors that day.

Because many of the day’s ticket holders were not members and paid a higher ticket price than members, we earned an average of over $32 per ticket sold. In addition to the ticket sales there were also donations made amounting to almost $300. And, best of all, we garnered a half dozen new members along the way.

Thank you to everyone who went above and beyond to make the day a success.

Here's what some folks had to say about the day –

Hi Karen,
The Poway garden tour was outstanding! I've been on Mission Hills, Clairemont & Rancho Bernardo garden tours, but this year was the first time I went on a SDHS garden tour.
Best wishes, Pauline
Hi Karen,
In the epi zoom meeting members were asked to contribute feedback on what they got out of the Poway garden tour.
I met banksia plants for the first time. A trip to Walter Andersen’s introduced me to this beauty, Banksia blechnifolia. It has the peculiar charm of blooming right out of the ground in front of foliage that begins orange and becomes deep green.
Who could resist these internet photos?
It has transplanted vigorously, and my grandsons eagerly await the flowers while I revel in the fantastic foliage.

Barbara, Penasquitos
Hey there Karen,
I really enjoyed the tour on Saturday. Especially had fun being a volunteer in Dennis Mudd’s incredible garden!!!
Thanks, Lynn

Scenes from the Peaks and Valleys of Poway 2022 Garden Tour:

Mudd Nature Preserve -

Casa de las Flores -

Hilltop Haven -

Contemporary Sanctuary -

Serene Succulents -

Casa de las Palmas -

Abraxas High School -

Artists in the Gardens -


Karen England is SDHS president and Let's Talk Plants! newsletter editor-in-chief.

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