Upcoming events

Oct 26, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hillside Planting

Wondering what to do with your slope/hillside?  Renowned Landscape Designer, Connie Beck, the Holistic Gardener, will amaze you with beautiful solutions for hard to plant spaces. Class made possible by the San Diego County Watershed Protection Program.

Oct 26, 2019
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

(FULL) Garden Advice Consultation

Enjoy one-on-one time with professional landscape designer, Connie Beck, to discuss your individual garden needs. 30 minutes each, only two available this day.

Photo & Design Credit: Andrea Doonan
Oct 27, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lose Your Lawn

Don’t know where to start when tackling your lawn removal and redesign? Andrea Doonan Horticulture + Design guides you in exercises to learn basic tools that can jumpstart your project (and take advantage of rebates)! Proudly sponsored by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Photo & Design Credit: Andrea Doonan
Oct 27, 2019
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Landscape Design Consultation

Landscape Design Consultations with professional landscape designer Andrea Doonan Horticulture & Design. Only two consultations are offered on this day.

Nov 02, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Garden Tour (FREE every First Saturday)

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

Nov 02, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Glass Making with Leaf Imprint (NEW)

Join local artist and owner of FusionGlass, Debbie Solan, in a creative glass-making experience that ends with 2 unique pieces.

Nov 09, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Fall Plant Sale

Join us for our annual Fall Plant Sale on November 9!

Nov 09, 2019
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Landscape Design Consulation!

One-on-One Landscape Design Consultations with professional landscape designers at the Fall Plant Sale. Only 12 consultations are offered on this day at the discounted special event rate..

Nov 11, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

GARDEN YOGA / stretch & connect

Unwind, unplug and connect with nature with Jackie Gadd, Accessible Yoga Ambassador, and owner of BYOM. We’ll serve tea to invigorate.

Nov 13, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Tree Talker (NEW)

Get your trees in shape with Brad Brown of Tree Life Consulting. Demonstration and talk covers successful installations and establishing strong trees from the start.

Pouring leftovers into composting pile
Nov 16, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Backyard Composting

All you need to know to get started with a compost bin that fits your lifestyle. Class made possible by the County of San Diego, presented by Solana Center for Environmental Innovation.

Nov 17, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Nature Therapy

Engage all your senses during a slow-paced, quiet discovery of nature’s benefits found in our very own Garden. Based on.

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

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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.

Jon Foreman, of Switchfoot, Talks WaterSmart

Fall is Fantastic
in The Garden!

Days are cooler in the morning; perfect for a Garden stroll. In the heat of the day, our shade trees and rest spots will cool and relax you. But if you’re looking for more than strolling and relaxing, The Garden is the place to be. October brings the return of Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Goes Batty! Then in November everything for planting season is at the Fall Plant Sale; and we’re celebrating The Garden’s 20th Anniversary this year. Join us for an evening of celebration at our Benefit Concert. But wait, there’s even more to do this fall. Several of your favorite workshops are scheduled and some brand new ones to try. So, find what you’re looking for on The Garden’s calendar then drop in this fall.


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.

MCAS Miramar Receives Water Efficiency Award

Water News Network - Oct. 3, 2019 The San Diego County Water Authority presented its 2019 Water Innovation & Efficiency.

SD Public Utilities Dept Honored for Sustainability

The City of San Diego Public Utilities Department has been recognized as a “Utility of the Future Today” for its.

Metropolitan Water District to Study Rainfall and Stormwater Runoff

The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California has launched a new pilot program to provide vital data on the.

Will Climate Change Mean Less Farming in the West?

Civil Eats Colorado and California are rethinking water management for a hotter, drier future, while balancing urban water needs with.

Spring Garden Festival at The Garden

Awarded $25K Grant

The Water Conservation Garden’s Ms. Smarty-PlantsTM program received a $25,000 Environmental Champion Grant in June from SDG&E. The award comes.

Creative WaterSmart Landscaping

Creative WaterSmart Landscaping Wins Sweetwater Authority's 2019 Landscape Contest. Water News Network - Aug 5 - Bonita residents Efren and Ily Niervas.

Sea Levels Rise

Flooding Spikes Along U.S. Coasts: NOAA Report. High tides are flooding basements, streets and septic systems up and down U.S..

California's Rainfall

How Did California's Rainfall Season Measure Up? Good, But Not Great. Sunday is the end of the 2018-19 rainfall season.

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.

ACWA's New Video

Small Changes, Big Impact. The Association of California Water Agencies released a new video featuring The Garden. Watch the video!

Students Take Honors

Students Take Honors in OMWD’s 2019 Water Awareness Poster Contest Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors recognized the winners.

The Garden Awarded!

The Garden Receives Small Business Award for Making a Difference! On Thursday, May 23, 2019 The San Diego Regional Chamber.

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.

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.

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. .

Plants in the Garden

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

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