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 www.thegarden.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.solanacenter.org or call (760) 436-7986 x222.
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
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
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
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 www.cuyamaca.edu/springfest/2015/ .
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 www.thegarden.org or call 619-660-0614×10.
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
Heritage of the Americas Museum Fundraiser to Benefit the Museum’s Programs for Children
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.
Kathleen Oatsvall, Director
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