Upcoming events

Nov 17, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FREE Backyard Composting Workshop

Learn the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms. Class is made possible by the County of San Diego,.

Nov 17, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Plant It and They Will Come!

Welcome bird and butterfly visitors to your home garden! Join Moosa Creek Nursery professionals to create beautiful California native habitat..

Nov 19, 2018
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Garden Yoga

Mat poses, chair exercises, meditation, and smiles in every class with Jackie Gadd, Accessible Yoga Ambassador. Bring your mat. For.

Nov 22, 2018
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Garden Closed

The Garden will be closed on Thursday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The Garden will reopen on Friday,.

Dec 01, 2018
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.

Dec 01, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sign Language in the Sunshine

Have you ever wanted to learn American Sign Language? Have fun with Pam Meisner, founder of Ms. Smarty-Plants™ practicing basic.

Dec 01, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sign Language Superstars- Holiday Edition!

Have you ever wanted to learn American Sign Language? Have fun with Pam Meisner, founder of Ms. Smarty-Plants™ practicing basic.

Dec 09, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Plant Paparazzi! Superb iPhone Pics

Go beyond the basics of iPhone photography with Docent and award-winning photographer, Sally Long. Take photos on any smartphone to.

Dec 10, 2018
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Garden Yoga

Easy yoga for your body! Mat poses, chair exercises, meditation, and smiles in every class with Jackie Gadd, Accessible Yoga Ambassador. Bring a mat if you have. For all levels/abilities, ages 18 and up. If you are Silver Sneakers/Tivity Prime  bring ID. (Class outdoors if weather permits)

Dec 25, 2018
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Garden Closed

The Garden will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 in observance of Labor Day. The Garden will reopen on Wednesday,.

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.

Fall is Fabulous
in The Garden!

Fall is the time for planting in San Diego and The Garden has classes and events that will inspire you!  From learning how to use rainwater and grey-water, to taking a sips and succulents garden tour, to learning to pick the right plants for your needs, and even being purchasing select plants right in The Garden, there is something for everyone.

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.

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.

California Prepares For Extreme Weather

The state expects drier dry years and wetter wet ones in the decades ahead. That means projects to restore river.

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.

Americans Conserving Water

Americans are conserving water in their homes like never before, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report released this month. In.

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:.

America's forests at risk

The Associated Press recently published an article about the devastating effects of the bugs draining the lift out of forests.

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.

Turf Removal in the Drought

Looking to remove your lawn and replace it with drought-tolerant, and pocketbook-friendly, low-water plants? Most turf grasses, both cool and.

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.

Water-Saving Mandate Kicks In

California's emergency water conservation mandate went into effect Monday, June 1 and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other mayors.

Mayors Call for Start of Twice Weekly Outdoor Watering

The mayors of six San Diego County cities met on June 1st at The Water Conservation Garden to call on.

Plants in the Garden

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

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