Upcoming events

Feb 22, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Adventures in Sustainability - FREE

Presented by “I Love a Clean San Diego”, this workshop is the third of a series of three zero waste-themed workshops at The Garden. Learn how to fold sustainability practices in to everyday hobbies, chores, and even social occasions! Host a party, give gifts, travel in confidence, and even care for your pet in a more environmentally conscious way.

Feb 27, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Come enjoy an evening full of family fun with food, games and music after hours in The Garden. This event.

Feb 29, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All About Worms - Composting (FREE)

Workshop made possible by the County of San Diego, and presented by Solana Center for Environmental Innovation.

Feb 29, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wish Upon a Star

Create a beautiful trio of sea-star sand castings with your special wish locked inside and enjoy mermaid treats with local artist Debb Solan of Fusionglass Co.

Mar 07, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tomatomania! Day #1

From an experienced gardener to just a beginner, Tomatomania has the perfect blend of yummy seedlings and tools to make the ideal Summer Garden. Workshop: Small Space Veggie Gardening Satuday.

Mar 07, 2020
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.

Mar 07, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Small Space Vegetable Gardening Tips

This workshop is taught by Christy Wilhelmi, well known as “Gardenerd" to her many followers. Christy is an author, garden educator and vegetable garden designer in Los Angeles.

Mar 08, 2020
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tomatomania! Day #2

From an experienced gardener to just a beginner, Tomatomania has the perfect blend of yummy seedlings and tools to make the ideal Summer Garden. Workshop about tomatoes at event on Sunday.

Mar 08, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tomatomania 101! How to Have a Perfect Tomato Season

This workshop is taught by Scott Daigre himself, The producer of Tomatomania, he is also a Garden Designer and the author of TOMATOMANIA! 

Mar 14, 2020
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

WaterSmart Landscape Makeover 4-Week Series

Four consecutive Saturdays beginning March 14th. This program, provided and presented by the San Diego County Water Authority, empowers you.

Mar 14, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Landscape Design Consultation

Landscape Design Consultations with professional landscape designer David Clarke of David Clarke Designs. Only two consultations are offered on this day.

Mar 19, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Gardening for Grownups with Ms. Smarty-Plants

Playful discussion on plants and sustainability with our favorite gal in boots. Join fellow home gardeners, make a take-home craft, and enjoy tasty treats.

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

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Jon Foreman, of Switchfoot, Talks WaterSmart

Fall is Fantastic
in The Garden!

Photo by: Vince McGrath

Even with less daylight in winter, The Garden is full of wonder and whimsy. Come and enjoy discovering special treasures in bloom or changing colors. February we expect the return of Hoot & Holla, our resident Barn Owls. Check out their story from last year while you wait; In March, TomatoMania!, one of the largest tomato plant sales on the west coast, returns to The Garden; Several of your favorite workshops are scheduled and a few brand new ones added. So, check out our Calendar and plan a visit full of wonder and whimsy in The Garden and see if you can find the plant in this photo. Hint: It’s near succulents.


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.

Imperial Valley Conservation Efforts Benefit San Diego, Southwest

The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors visited the Imperial Valley January 30 for a day-long tour that.

Student Artwork Featured in 2020 Fallbrook PUD Calendar

Talented fourth-graders from Fallbrook area elementary schools picked up their pens, crayons, and watercolors to create the best and brightest.

Women in Water Conference

Career opportunities for women in the water and wastewater industry at every level are the focus of the third annual.

Karamu - Celebrating Black History Month

Otay Water District is helping celebrate Black History Month at KARAMU on Saturday, February 8 from 1-3pm at the Spring.

Explore East County's History on January 25

Helix Water District is hosting one of their "Helix Water Talks", on January 25. This one will explore the history.

Student Artists Featured in 2020 ‘Water Is Life’ Calendar

December 30, 2019 /Water News Network Five talented San Diego County student artists from four elementary schools were among 36.

New Rebates For Water-Smart Irrigation Devices in San Diego County

A new rebate program for irrigation devices is available to qualified landscape contractors in San Diego County. The Water Smart.

Poway Man is Saving Money by Saving Rain

Joe Little - NBC 7 San Diego Bob Raibert loved the green grass growing in his Poway front yard when.

Climate change making stronger El Ninos

ABC NEWS By: Seth Borenstein, SP Science Writer Climate change is making stronger El Ninos, which change weather worldwide and.

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.

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.

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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