Escondido History Center Events

Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of AAUW

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of AAUW will host its 15th annual garden tour, Through Garden Gates.  It will feature five fabulous North County gardens of various sizes and styles.  A magnificent 3-acre property in Rancho Santa Fe includes a beautiful large water lily-filled pond fed by a cascading waterfall, over 150 roses spread throughout the gardens, and striking garden sculptures strategically placed among a wide variety of trees, perennials and blooming shrubs.  At their home in Carlsbad, the owners of the Proven Winners line of garden plants have created a virtual demonstration garden filled with lively color and mainly low-water-use plants, including multi-textured succulents and blooming perennials; plants from the Proven Winners line will be available for purchase in this lovely garden on the day of the tour.   As a native Californian, gardener and surfer Laird Plumleigh draws on natural forms from his garden or the nearby Pacific Ocean for his popular ceramics and tiles: beach stones, kelp, shells, sea life, cacti and succulents.  His one acre garden in Leucadia reflects his interest in both palms and succulents, blending a wide variety of plants with ceramics, garden sculpture, mosaics and Craftsman architecture.  His studio will be open during the tour and tiles and succulents will be for sale.  Two gardens in Cardiff serve as excellent examples of the artful transformation of typical small Southern California yards dominated by lawn and shrubs into attractive water-wise  landscapes filled with interesting succulents, grasses and native and Mediterranean perennials and trees.  One garden features interesting metal birdhouses and gates made by an artist friend of the family.   The other garden, designed and executed by the architect owner, surrounds a courtyard patio where a stacked stonework fountain sits at the base of a striking mosaic of a saguaro cactus.
Tour tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 the day of the event.  Hosted by American Association of University Women, Del Mar-Leucadia.  Sales of tickets, plants and delightful garden art and tiles will benefit Tech Trek math and science camp for girls at UC San Diego and other women’s education programs.  For information and tickets, call 760-603-9287 or e-mail  Tickets are also available at The Book Works in Flower Hill Mall, 2670 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, and Weidner’s Gardens, 695 Normandy Rd., Encinitas.


San Diego Horticultural Society
General Meetings:

The San Diego Horticultural Society meets on the second Monday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Jimmy Durante Blvd in Del Mar. Mingle with rose enthusiasts, nursery owners, palm fanatics and plant breeders. We’re a diverse and neighborly group!

Click here for driving directions.

Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly meetings, which are free for members and $5 for non-members. (Note: The meeting in June is usually a Special Speakers event; the date and location for that meeting varies each year.)

More about meeting information at SDHS

Palomar Plant Sale


Jack's Organic Speaking Seminars 2010 – 2011

Be sure and tune in to "How Does Your Garden Grow" by Ted Kniffing-Saturday mornings at 7:30 AM on KPRZ 1210 AM. Ted is progressing nicely from his recent illness. We don't know at this time how long it will take for Ted to be able to return to the radio show but Jack will be filling in until that time. Call 1-866-577-2473 with all your gardening questions.       

May 19, 2011 

  • Redlands Horticultural Society
    7 PM:   PowerPoint "Organic Rose Care"
    1307 E. Citrus, Redlands, Ca.  92374 



Water Smart Pipeline Helps Gardeners Save Water
Winter-time callers learn that this is the best time of year to plant

RANCHO SAN DIEGO, CA—The Water Smart Pipeline at the Water Conservation Garden offers free advice to California gardeners, both novice and experienced.  The Pipeline is answered by Nan Sterman, author of the California Gardener’s Guide, Volume II, and host of the television gardening program, “A Growing Passion.”  This help line is an educational service that helps Californians create beautiful, drought-tolerant home gardens that thrive in our arid, Mediterranean climate.  And, there is plenty to talk about, especially in winter.

“Winter is a great time for residents to plant all the low water plants that we’ll enjoy the rest of the year,” said Nan Sterman.  “Most people think about planting in spring.  That’s fine for the rest of the country but for San Diego, fall and winter are prime planting seasons.”   

Pipeline hours are Tuesdays:  8:30 am to12:00 pm and Thursdays:  1:00pm to 4:30pm,.  The phone number is 1 866-962-7021.  Voicemails and emails can be left 24-hours a day.  All calls are returned during Pipeline business hours.  The Pipeline email address is   

Initial funding for the Water Smart Pipeline came from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust. Additional funds have been provided by the Hans and Margaret Doe Charitable Trust.  Information about the Water Conservation Garden and all of its water smart landscaping programs can be found at


Directions to the Garden:  The Water Conservation Garden is located at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West in El Cajon, where Jamacha Rd. (not Jamacha Blvd.) and Hwy 94 meet.  From Hwy 15 or Hwy 805, merge onto Hwy 94 East to Cuyamaca College Drive West.  From Hwy 8 take the 2nd St. off ramp in El Cajon (which turns into Jamacha Rd.)and then turn onto Cuyamaca College Drive West.  Information about the garden, including detailed directions and a map, can be found at


California Fruit Growers Festival

California Rare Fruit Growers

FREE Rare Fruit Introductory Classes


Contact Information: José M. Gallego at (619) 261-3610,

California Rare Fruit Growers

The San Diego Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. (CRFG) announced today that free Introductory classes will be held in San Diego, the fourth Wednesday of each month. The class will be held at 6:00 PM at Balboa Park, Casa del Prado Room 104.

These free classes are a unique opportunity to learn about growing unusual and rare fruit in San Diego. San Diegans can grow many fruit varieties including jujube, capulin cherry, raisin tree, pitahaya, longan, jaboticaba, tropical guava, passionfruit, wax jambu, excellent bananas and ice cream bean among others.

According to José M. Gallego, Chairman of the California Rare Fruit Growers, San Diego Chapter, “We want to share with anyone who has an interest in growing unusual fruit and unusual varieties of more common fruit. We also are bringing in some of the foremost experts on different fruit to share their experience with new gardeners.”
Full Schedule:

Come Back Soon for 2011 Schedule
Detailed information and a schedule are available at or by calling José M. Gallego at (619) 261-3610. Seating is limited.

About California Rare Fruit Growers
California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. is the largest amateur fruit-growing organization in the world with members in 48 states and 38 countries. It has 22 chapters, 19 in California, plus chapters Arizona and Texas. Among its services is a roster of specialists available to answer members’ questions, a seed bank that collects and sells exotic seeds, and a book service that offers publications at special reduced prices. CRFG, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1968 by Paul H. Thomson and John M. Riley.


Escondido Farmers' Market

Open Tuesdays
3:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m. (May 1–September 30)
2:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. (October 1–April 30)

Place: Downtown Escondido • Grand Avenue Between Kalmia & Juniper
Escondido, CA

Downtown Escondido's Certified Farmers Market showcases fresh-picked California-grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Friendly vendors also offer local honey, eggs, fresh-roasted nuts, pesto, fresh pasta, gourmet European breads, Julian pies, salsa, tamales, tortillas, pita and humus, cookies, dessert breads, and more.

For more information visit us on the web at:


Fallbrook Farmers' Market

Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Village Square on the corner of Main and Alvarado.
Buy locally grown fruit and vegetables, fresh flowers, and handmade arts and crafts. You can also find specialty products made from our local bounty!

For more information visit us on the web at:


Solana Center

FREE Composting Workshops

Create rich garden soil, save water, and reduce trash at the landfill by recycling your kitchen scraps and garden materials at these FREE Composting Workshops. 

Workshops are open to the public and taught by trained Master Composters from the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation.
Visit , a non-profit organization


North County Times

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