Upcoming events

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Stream running over river rocks
VIEW EVENT
May 26, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Nature Therapy (Formerly "Garden Bathing")

Join Lynn “Doc” Nelson, Ph.D. on a relaxing tour of The Garden inspired by the popular Japanese “Forest Bathing” movement. See The Garden in a new way and connect with nature through science and senses.

VIEW EVENT
Jun 01, 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.

VIEW EVENT
Jun 10, 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.

VIEW EVENT
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,.

VIEW EVENT
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.

VIEW EVENT
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.

VIEW EVENT
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.

VIEW EVENT
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.

VIEW EVENT
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
VIEW EVENT
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.

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

Nature Therapy

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

VIEW EVENT
Aug 03, 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.

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Help The Garden continue to be THE resource for water-wise landscaping in San Diego County. Your tax-deductible gift supports the care of The Garden’s nearly 6 acres of land, enables the creation of new and innovative exhibits and programming, and helps present community-driven special events.

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.

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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.

Fresh Rain And Light Snow Expected In San Diego County Tuesday Night

And the Memorial Day weekend isn’t looking much better Another unseasonably cold Pacific storm will blow ashore late Tuesday night, bringing showers.

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.

Helix Water District Names Winner of 2018 WaterSmart 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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