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Cuyamaca College Water Conservation Garden Events – Winter/Spring 2015


Water Conservation Garden Winter/Spring 2015 Calendar of Events Featuring:
Rainwater Harvesting and Grey Water, Irrigation 101, TOMATOMANIA!, and the Butterfly Festival.
Rancho San Diego, CA—The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to enjoy its 2015 winter/spring classes and events.  Gardening classes taught by experts help residents save water and money by focusing on water-smart landscaping techniques and plants.  PRE-REGISTRATION required for all class participants at or by calling 619-660-0614 x10.
Rainwater Harvesting and Grey Water
Saturday, January 10th, 10:00am – 12 noon
Every drop counts! Candace Vanderhoff, architect and owner of “RainThanks and Greywater”,
demonstrates the ease of use and money-saving potential of grey water and rain harvesting systems.
Members Free, $10 Non-Members
The Dirt on Dirt
Saturday, January 17th, 10:00am –12 noon
Important to the success of all landscapes and gardens is the soil. Join Harold Bailey, aka “Dirty Harry”,
for a hands-on workshop to learn how to test your soil, how to prepare it for planting, and the proper use
of fertilizers. Members Free, $10 Non-Members
FREE Class!  How to Hire a Landscape Contractor and Save $$$
Saturday, January 24th, 10:00am –12 noon
Join Education Director, Pam Meisner, (Ms. Smarty-Plants™) for an informative, common-sense approach
to hiring a landscape professional. You’ll learn which questions to ask, how to properly plan, and receive
money-saving tips too! Class made possible by the San Diego County Watershed Protection Program.
Spring Docent Training Program
Two Saturdays: January 24th & 31st or April 18th & May 2nd, 12:30pm
Utilize your skills and talents to contribute to The Garden’s success! There are many ways to get
involved and wonderful new people to meet. Applicants to the docent training program must be
current members of The Garden to participate. To register, please contact Pam Meisner, Education
Director, at or 619-660-0614 x13.
Home Compost Workshop
Saturday, January 31st, 10:00am –12 noon
Learn the basics of composting, how to compost with worms, and how to save water in the process
with The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation’s FREE workshop at The Garden! Compost bins will
be on sale with subsidized prices for Unincorporated County residents. Cash or check only. Limited to
20 participants. Register at or call (760) 436-7986 x222.
Hillside Gardening
Saturday, February 7th, 10:00am – 12 noon
Yes, you CAN have a lovely garden on a hillside! Professional landscape designer Connie Beck teaches
you the tricks of planting on a slope.  Members Free, $10 Non-Members
Garden Design
Saturday, February 28th, 10:00am – 12 noon
Not sure where to start? Landscape Designer Connie Beck shares her process for creating a landscape
design from the ground up. Learn about design, irrigation, plant selection, and maintenance.
Members Free, $10 Non-Members
Saturday, March 14th, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Join California’s largest tomato seedling sale featuring hundreds of heirloom and hybrid tomato
varieties, expert advice, and the accessories you’ll want to grow great-tasting tomatoes in your own
backyard. It’s a crazy celebration of America’s favorite garden vegetable! Free admission to the event
with a nominal charge for presentations: $5 Garden Members; $10 Non-Members.
The Protea Species: Exotic Options for Drought-Tolerant Gardens
Saturday, March 28th, 10:00am – 12 noon
Walter Parkola, owner of Blossom Valley Protea, will take you on a morning tour that showcases the
protea and grevillea species on display at The Garden. A limited number of beautiful, high-quality
plants will be available for purchase after class.  Members Free, $10 Non-Members
Irrigation 101
Saturday, April 4th, 10:00am – 12 noon
Tune up your existing irrigation system to help it save you money! Steve Sherman, with California
Landscape Technologies, offers tips for retrofitting existing systems and installing a basic drip system.
Great for the irrigation challenged! Members Free, $10 Non-Members
Garden Photography
Saturday, April 11th, 10:00am –12 noon
Ever wonder how those nature photographers get just the right shot? Join Harold Bailey as he shows you the
tricks of the trade for capturing beautiful images around The Garden including inside the new Butterfly Pavilion!  You will explore composition, exposure, lighting, and more. Recommended equipment: camera (any type), tripod, spare batteries and a piece of black cloth 3′ x 3′. *A few loaner cameras, tripods and miscellaneous lighting equipment will be available. Limited to 15 participants. Members Free, $10 Non-Members
Spring Garden Festival
Saturday, April 25th, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cuyamaca College hosts this annual celebration of spring with activities for the entire family and a
bountiful plant sale. The Garden and The Heritage of the Americas Museum join in the fun and welcome
visitors throughout the day. Details at .
Butterfly Festival
Saturday, May 9th, 9:00am – 4:00pm
The Garden celebrates the re-opening of butterfly season and the Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly
Pavilion at our annual Butterfly Festival! Interact with butterflies, learn about their life cycle, and find
out how to create a home butterfly garden of your very own. More details to come!
Admission: $5 (18+ years); $1 (3-17 years); Garden Members Free. Free Parking
Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly Pavilion
Visit the NEW Butterfly Pavilion for butterfly encounters through September 30.  Admission: $5 (12+ years); $3 (5-11 years); Garden Members FREE
Ask the Designer:  Professional Landscape Design Consultations
The Water Conservation Garden offers 45-minute landscape design consultation services. A professional landscape designer who focuses on drought tolerant landscapes will meet with you, one-on-one. You will leave with a design plan and a list of suggested plants.  Bring a photo of your house and area you want redesigned, the dimensions of the space and photos of designs styles you like.  Call 619-660-0614 ext. 10 to schedule.  $60 Members, $75 non-Members.
Free Docent Led Tours
Saturdays at 10:30am
Enjoy an informative walk through The Garden with one of our knowledgeable docents to hear what makes our garden special, and be inspired to create a water-wise landscape of your own.  Check our website for monthly  themed tours.
Special Access Tour
Every Third Sunday at 9:30am
This special tour is offered monthly for individuals who may have difficulty navigating the terrain of the Garden. Explore the Garden from the comfort of the Verbeck Shuttle with one of the Garden’s staff members. This tour seats 4-5 people. Reservations are required; please call 619-660-6841. FREE.
Ms. Smarty-Plants School Tours and Assembly Program
Calling all kid groups!  Join Ms. Smarty-Plants™ as she takes you on a magical, fun and interactive journey through plant adaptations, the water cycle, conservation and much more.   Become a Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Earth Hero!  To book an educational tour of The Garden or a school assembly program, contact Education Assistant Jillian Chu at 619-660-6841 x16. 
About the Water Conservation Garden;
Opened in 1999, the Garden is dedicated to promoting water conservation in the southern California landscape through excellent exhibits and programs that educate and inspire the public.  The Garden is supported by memberships, donations, grants, and support from Helix Water District, Otay Water District, Sweetwater Authority, City of San Diego and the San Diego County Water Authority.  For more information, please visit or call 619-660-0614×10.

Cuyamaca College Water Conservation Garden Events – November 2014


What’s in Bloom at The Garden? 
There is always something lovely blooming or fruiting at The Garden. Stroll around to find this month’s pick:


Cape Honeysuckle

(Tecoma capensis)
  • Large scrambling shrub from South Africa that blooms from summer until December (possibly through winter in mild coastal conditions)
  • One of most versatile and drought tolerant shrubs for Southern California gardens
  • Grows up to 10 feet tall and wide and can be easily shaped into a box hedge or up a wall as an espalier
  • Letting woody shrubs like this grow up into the lower limbs of tall trees is a great low-water trick for achieving a tropical effect.


Bulbs, Beautiful Bulbs 

Saturday, November 8th (10am-12 noon)
Join The Garden’s Director of Horticulture and Exhibits, Clayton Tschudy, in an exploration of bulbs from Mediterranean climates around the world. Help plant Pacific Coast Iris in The Garden’s meadow exhibit, and learn how to divide iris corms for replanting. Please wear appropriate attire for the planting experience. 
Members Free, $10 Non-Members
Pre-registration required for all attendees at 619-660-0614 x10,

FREE Garden Tours  
Every Saturday, 10:30am
Tour the charming Water Conservation Garden with a knowledgeable docent to hear what makes our garden special. Be inspired to create a water-wise landscape of your own.
Pre-registration NOT required. Meet at The Garden’s front entrance.

Jingle Paws Walk for Animals  
Saturday, December 6
Registration: 8am; Walk Starts at 9am
Enjoy The Garden with your pet while also supporting the ACES Foundation. Activities include a 5K walk, doggie vendors and a silent auction. Get your holiday photo taken with Santa!
Online Registration Available. Learn More Here.

New In the Gift Shop! 
Cork Bracelets from Corx
Made with cork from cork oak trees, these beautiful bracelets come in many different styles with magnetic clasps adding to the flare. The best part? The cork is sustainable and the process does not stress the trees in any way.

Save the Date
Holiday Open House!
Saturday, December 6
Pick up great hostess and holiday gifts, check out new inventory and enjoy surprise discounts at our Gift Shop Holiday Open House.

5 Sales! 1 Location! Heritage of Americas Museum Rummage Sale Continued at 50% OFF!

The Heritage of Americas Museum sale is SO fun that it’s being extended and at HALF the price!

Thank you for those who have shopped at our 5 Sales! 1 Location!  We still have so many good items for sale and people are still bringing in items, so we’ve decided to hold it over for one week with everything half price.
Everything at the fundraiser including (but not limited too):
1.  Rummage Sale
2.  Art Sale
3.  Jewelry Sale
4.  Gems and Minerals Sale
5.  Fossils Sale
is half price from November 1st through November 8th.  The Museum is open from 10am – 4pm Tuesdays through Fridays and from 12pm-4pm on Saturdays.
12110 Cuyamaca College Dr West, Rancho San Diego

Camp Bow Wow Howl-O-Woof Event 10-25-14

Howl-O-Woof Carnival, Adoption & Fundraising Event at Camp Bow Wow


Bring the kids, bring the pups and join us this Saturday for a fun-filled afternoon at Camp!  Camp Bow Wow & Behavior Buddies along with Little Angels Service Dogs of Santee will be hosting our 1st Annual Howl-O-Woof event at Camp.

Along with food, drinks, music, vendors and great opportunity drawings, there will be lots of  fun activities for kids (both four-legged and two legged) and adults to include:

Puppy Kissing Booth  Face Painting Fitness with your Dog Arts & Crafts
T-Ball Inflatable Football Toss Agility Course Prize Wheel
Dunkin for dogs Cake Walk Costume Contest  Adoptable Dogs

In addition to these fun activities, we will have adoptable pups on hand and some really great vendors from:

  • Basset Rescue of San Diego
  • Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego
  • Little Angels Service Dogs
  • Allison Shamrell Pet Photography
  • CaliDogz
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Leash Your Fitness
  • Matt Smith Pet Portraits
  • California Canine

This event is a charity fundraising event with all proceeds going to support Little Angels Service Dogs of Santee.  Little Angels Service Dogs( is a charitable, non-profit 501c3 organization that reaches across all of the United States partnering service dogs with disabled adults and children. Little Angels’ dogs are trained to assist in a variety of ways to help with daily tasks and to increase independence. Most of the dogs placed are puppies that have come from Little Angels’ breeding program and are raised and molded from birth with the specific goal of being an Assistance Dog. Others are lucky enough to be rescued from shelters, and end up changing the lives of others. It is the goal of Little Angels that service dogs be placed at little to no cost to the disabled handler. Our charitable goals also reach out to the local community of San Diego, educating owners on how to train their own pet dogs, therapy dogs, and service dogs.

If you’re thinking about adding a new pup to your pack, come to our Howl-O-Woof Carnival, Adoption and Fundraising Event and have your pick of the pup-kin patch!

What: Howl-O-Woof Carnival, Adoption & Fundraising Event

When:  Saturday, October 25, 2014
             12 Noon – 4 pm
Where:  Camp Bow Wow & Behavior Buddies
              1677 N. Marshall Ave., Suite A
              El Cajon, CA  92020

Five Sales One Location NOW through 10/31/14 – Heritage of Americas Museum

Heritage of the Americas Museum Fundraiser to Benefit the Museum’s Programs for Children

 Heritage of the Americas Museum Building

Five Sales! One Location!

1) Art Sale, 2) Rummage Sale, 3) Jewelry Sale

4) Gems and Minerals Sale, and 5) Fossils Sale

Now through October 31st

(Rancho San Diego, CA)  The Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, is holding a huge benefit sale to support the Museum’s programs for local elementary school children.  Over 4,000 students come to the Museum each school year for docent-led tours.  Volunteers also make presentations in school classrooms.  The sale is called “Five Sales! One Location!” and is an Art Sale, Rummage Sale, Jewelry Sale, Gems and Minerals Sale, and a Fossils Sale.  Items for sale are donated by Museum members, over 300 households.  The sale is ongoing, as members bring in donated items daily.  Members of the community are also welcome to bring in donations for the sale.  The last day of the sale is October 31st.   We’re open Tues.-Fri. from 10:00 am-4:00 pm and on Sat. from 12 pm-4:00 pm. 

For more information, contact the Museum at 619-670-5194 or check the Museum website:

Kathleen Oatsvall,  Director

(619) 670-5194