Upcoming events

Jul 04, 2019
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Garden Closed

The Garden will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The Garden will reopen on Friday,.

Jul 06, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Free, Docent-led Garden Tour

Walk the garden trails with a Docent Tour Guide and see beautiful water-saving landscapes. Tours begin promptly Saturday mornings at.

Jul 08, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Stretch & Connect: Garden Yoga

Unwind, unplug and connect with nature. Each class will take place within the stunning Water Conservation Gardens, led by Jackie Gadd, Accessible Yoga Ambassador, and owner of BYOM. We’ll serve tea to refresh.

Jul 10, 2019
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Garden Docent Training - Part 1

Volunteers help our plants and programs at The Water Conservation Garden grow! There are many ways to be involved and.

Jul 10, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Wags n Wine

Get ready to wine down and stop to smell the Rosè again this summer at The Garden! We are excited to see you with your sweet and loveable furry friends for special after hour evenings at your favorite backyard away from home.

Stargazing with telescope
Jul 10, 2019
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Stargazing in The Garden

If you love to see what’s happening in the night sky, then you’ll want to come join us for these fun after-hours events in The Garden. Bring your telescope and enjoy some time under the stars!

Jul 16, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

LANDSCAPES - Irrigation 101 & Soils

How can I build soil fertility and good soil structure to provide long lasting water and nutrient retention? Paul Maschka, Farmer/Educator from Wild Willow Farm gets down to the “dirt” of soils and irrigation so you can have a successful garden, all without the use of chemical inputs.

Jul 17, 2019
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Garden Docent Training - Part 2

Volunteers help our plants and programs at The Water Conservation Garden grow! There are many ways to be involved and wonderful people to meet. After registering, you will be contacted by a Garden Docent with further information.

Photo of capturing rainwater. Photo credit Corridor Media: www.smcorridornews.com
Jul 20, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Practical Rainwater Harvesting

Albert Barlow from Rain Water Systems likes to design automated systems that tie into irrigation, finding hand watering from small barrels cumbersome. Hear his expert advice on efficiency, rebates, and embracing the math of harvesting.

Jul 26, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Nature Nights with MSP - Totally Tortoise Trek

Psst... did you hear?  Nature Nights with Ms. Smarty-Plants (MSP) at The Garden! Bring your flashlight and your sense of curiosity and explore The Garden at night! Your adventure will include animal encounters, a scavenger hunt, campfire and a “unique” souvenir for all my Earth Heroes!

Jul 27, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Gregory Page Trio Concert

Join us at The Garden as we welcome back Gregory Page for a summer concert that has become a community favorite. Gregory will capture your heart with his engaging lyrics and soothing melodies reminiscent of the 1920's sweet jazz era. You surely won’t want to miss this fabulous evening in The Garden!

Stream running over river rocks
Aug 03, 2019
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Nature Therapy

Experience nature-healing in our locally adapted practice of Japanese “Forest Bathing.” Engage all your senses during a slow-paced, quiet discovery of the natural benefits found in our very own Garden.

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Jon Foreman, of the Band 'Switchfoot', Tours The Garden

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Jon Foreman, of Switchfoot, Talks WaterSmart

Spring is Stunning
in The Garden!

Protea blossom

Spring is busting out all over The Garden! Plants are blooming in every area and exhibit, with many new plantings to see. Hoot & Holla, our resident Barn Owls are back and are live streaming on our YouTube channel. And of course The Boys are Back! Yes, our very own California Desert Tortoises are out and about! They just returned from brumating over Winter and are settling back in to their Desert Tortoise Garden exhibit across from The Gift Shoppe. So, after a cold-rainy winter, don’t miss Spring at The Garden; surround yourself with rejuvenating beauty and put the “spring” back in your step! Check the calendar to see what else is happening this season.


Education Program

Ms. Smarty-Plants™ award-winning programs inspire young people through interactive and engaging hands on learning in water conservation and stewardship of the earth. Fieldtrips, Assemblies and Special Programs meet E-STEM, California State and Next Generation Science Standards. With her special mixture of music, magic and fun, Ms. Smarty-Plants™ ignites the EARTH HERO in each of us.

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Garden News

Keep up on the latest, find out what’s happening, and get helpful info from water agencies.

Opinion: San Diego's Climate Goals Require More Investment in Energy Storage

Voice of San Diego - Last year, California raised the stakes in the fight against climate change, instituting a goal.

Students Take Honors in OMWD’s 2019 Water Awareness Poster Contest

Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors recognized the winners of the 2019 North County Water Agencies Water Awareness Poster.

Water Authority Bill Aims to Boost Water Industry Jobs for Veterans

Water News Network - Assembly Bill 1588 passed the California state Assembly on a 78-0 vote on May 23 and.

The Garden Receives Small Business Award for Making a Difference!

     On Thursday, May 23, 2019 The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Small.

States Sign Short-Term Colorado River Drought Plan

States Sign Short-Term Colorado River Drought Plan, But Global Warming Looms Over long-term solutions. The Colorado River just got a.

International Delegation Visits The Garden!

The Garden was excited and honored to host an international delegation invited by the U.S. State Department, who toured The.

Hold Onto Your Hillsides and Slopes

Many San Diego County residents live near canyons, which are valuable natural resources. Native canyon hillsides should be not be.

Helix Water District Is Going Electric

Representatives from the Helix Water District, San Diego Gas & Electric, and the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and.

Otay Water District Announces 2018 Contest Winner

As part of the countywide WaterSmart Landscape Contest, the Otay Water District has selected water conservation class graduate and rebate.

Crisis at Lake Powell

Water shortages at Lake Mead have drawn all the attention in recent years. Now water rationing has reached far into.

Solar Oven Discount!

Enjoy 10% off either a Deluxe or Mini solar oven from SunFlair and 10% will be donated to The Garden! Solar Oven.

Arizona County Could Upend the Southwest’s Drought Plan

New federal estimates suggest serious water shortages on the Colorado River are closer than thought. While Arizona water users try.

Water Authority Savings Program

The San Diego County Water Authority is expanding a long-running partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to increase.

Deeply Talks: Water Conservation & Efficiency Challenges

Statewide regulations and local innovations are contributing to making water conservation a ‘California way of life.’ Listen to two experts.

Inspiring Change at The Garden

Staff from the San Diego Water Authority's Water News Network visited The Garden recently and talked with Paul Redeker, Director.

Water Authority Offers Incentives In San Diego County

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Residents in San Diego County now can receive $2.75 per square foot for replacing turf.

New Water Efficiency Goals for California

Although he declared an end to California’s historic five-year drought last year, Gov. Jerry Brown on May 31st, signed two.

Winner of Helix Water Dist. 2018 Water-Smart Landscape Contest

Helix Water District has named Carey Hultgren and Paul Geldbach of La Mesa as the winner of its 2018 WaterSmart.

Garden Wins Best in Education Industry!

The Garden is excited to announce that it has won "Best Education Industry 2017" at the East County Honors Annual.

New Ms. Smarty-Plants Website!

Big news at The Garden! We are proud to announce the official launch of the BRAND NEW Ms. Smarty-Plants™ website:.

Ms. Smarty-Plants Education

Ms. Smarty-Plants™ education programs  teach residents of all ages about the importance of water conservation and stewardship of the earth. .

Docent Garden Featured in SDHG

It's about gardening and golf for Garden docent Mary Ann Stepnowsky and husband Tom Clark whose garden as recently featured.

Low Water Alternatives for Turf

The Garden was recently featured in the UT as a great place to see low water alternatives for turf.  Click.

The Garden featured on NBC7 San Diego

Catherine Garcia of NBC7 San Diego visited The Garden recently to find out how we are helping residents learn how.

Ms. Smarty-Plants Saluted in VIdeo

Cox Communications and Cox Channel 4 recently featured Ms. Smarty-Plants on their Salute to Education video series! The Water Conservation.

The Garden’s Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Program Receives Prestigious APGA Award

In June of this year, the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), announced the winners of its 2015 member awards during.

Plants in the Garden

Explore a sampling of the plants you’ll see at The Garden.

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