The Water Conservation Garden Summer Events Are Here!
Featuring Dog Days of Summer, Toss the Turf, Habitat Gardening, and An Evening of Music in The Garden.
The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to enjoy its 2015 summer 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. The Garden is located at 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, Rancho San Diego 92019
Free! Dog Days of Summer
Wednesdays, June – August, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Stroll The Garden on Wednesday summer evenings when we stay open late for our leashed canine friends and their companions. Enter to win a fabulous doggie gift basket from KAHOOTS Pet Store (one per month) and pick up some sample bags of dog food as you explore the sights, smells and sounds of The Garden.
Free! How to Hire a Landscape Contractor and Save $$$
Saturday, June 20th, 10:00am – 12:00 noon
Join Education Director Pam Meisner 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.
Toss the Turf
Saturday, June 27th, 10:00am – 12 noon
More Beauty, Less Water, More Fun! With ongoing drought conditions, now is the time to remove your thirsty turf (lawn) and replace it with a beautiful water-saving landscape. Instructor and landscape designer Jan Tubiolo will guide you through all the steps to create a turf-free space you’ll be proud of.
Members Free, $10 Non-Members
Saturday, July 11th, 10:00am – 12 noon
Join Horticulturist Clayton Tschudy, as he guides you through the process of creating a water-saving habitat garden, drawing upon The Garden’s new “Native Habitat Garden” as an example. Your habitat garden will draw birds and butterflies to your yard, offering endless opportunities to observe and enjoy the wonders of wildlife while supporting their populations. Members Free, $10 Non-Members
Leaf Imprint Glass-Making
Saturday, July 18th, 10:00am – 12 noon
Join Debbie Solan of FusionGlass in a creative glass-making experience that ends with a unique piece of botanical art made by you. Bring 2-3 favorite leaves for imprinting, or search for the perfect specimens at The Garden. Class includes all supplies, instruction and firing of two art pieces that you will keep.
$30 Members, $50 Non-Members
Free! “Wine and Walk: An Evening Stroll in The Garden”
Wednesday, July 22, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Enjoy a beautiful summer evening, a glass of wine, and a guided journey through The Garden to discover little known plant facts with landscape designer Jan Tubiolo.
An Evening of Music in The Garden
Sunday, July 26, 6:00pm – 7:30pm (includes intermission)
The Garden welcomes the return of the San Diego Concert Band for a third-annual joint fundraising concert that will showcase an outstanding evening of pops, classics, marches, and brand-new compositions from the Band’s repertoire. Tickets and information at www.sandiegoconcertband.com.
Say Cheese! Making Cheese, That Is!
Wednesday, August 12th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Spend a delicious summer evening with Don Axe, owner of Valley View Farms in Spring Valley, CA, making (and tasting) a variety of cheeses from locally sourced goat’s milk. Members Free, $10 Non-Members
Sprinkler Repair and Landscape Maintenance
Saturday, August 22nd, 10:00am – 12 noon
When was the last time you checked your sprinklers? Landscape architect Steve Sherman of California Landscape Designs shows you easy ways to maintain your sprinkler system and irrigation controller, and offers a variety of tips to make landscaping easier. Members Free, $10 Non-Members
Designing Lush Landscapes with Colorful Water-Wise Plants
Saturday, August 29th, 10:00am–12 noon
Learn how to achieve a lush-looking landscape even in the drought. Christiane Holmquist, owner of Christiane Holmquist Landscape Design, will introduce you to a variety of plants that use little water but offer lots of eye-popping color and lush greenery for a landscape that says wow! Members Free, $10 Non-Members
Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly Pavilion — Open Fridays – Sundays, May 9th – August 31st
Visit the Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly Pavilion for up-close encounters of butterflies native to the San Diego region! The Pavilion is open Fridays – Sundays, 9:00am – 4:00pm, with docent-led tours. Admission: $3 (18+ years), $1 (3-17 years). Garden members and children under 3 years 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 10:00am
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 10:00am
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.