Upcoming events

Apr 21, 2019
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Garden Closed

The Garden will be closed on Sunday, April 21st in observance of Easter Day. The Garden will reopen on Monday, April 22 at 9:00am.

Apr 27, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival

Celebrate the season with butterfly releases, tours, crafts, vendors, Story Time with Miss Metamorphosis, and the Ms. Smarty-Plants(TM); Pollinator Party! There will be something for everyone!

Buckeye Butterfly
May 03, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Butterfly Release!

Learn about our amazing local butterfly species inhabiting the Dorcas E. Utter Butterfly Pavilion. Release a butterfly and guide it to nectar on flowering pavilion plants. Bring your cameras for great photo ops. Space is limited, so the butterflies can spread their wings! All ages welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Butterfly on blossom in butterfly pavilion
May 03, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

FREE MEMBERS ONLY Butterfly Social

Friday, May 3rd from 4:00-6:00 pm, The Water Conservation Garden is holding a private social hour exclusively for our members. We will have some light refreshments ready as you get a chance to enjoy the Butterfly Pavilion and The Habitat Garden in an after-hours evening just for you. An R.S.V.P. is requested no later than Wednesday, May 1st. If you're not yet a Garden Member, there's still time! Go to: TheGarden.org/support/membership/ and become one today!

May 04, 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.

Photo of capturing rainwater. Photo credit Corridor Media: www.smcorridornews.com
May 04, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Using Rainwater and Greywater

Brook Sarson of CatchingH2O/H2OME helps you maximize water conservation in your garden using simple, integrated rainwater and greywater techniques. Class made possible by Integrated Regional Water Management.

May 04, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Water System Design Consultation

One-on-one Water System Design Consultations with Brook immediately following Using Rainwater & Greywater class. Consultation Garden Members $30, Consultation Non-Members.

Pouring leftovers into composting pile
May 11, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Backyard Composting Workshop

Learn the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms. Class is made possible by the County of San Diego, presented by Solana Center for Environmental Innovation.

May 13, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Stretch & Connect

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 hot tea to invigorate.

Garden landscaping and irrigation
May 14, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 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.

Stargazing with telescope
May 17, 2019
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

"Once In A Blue Moon" Stargazing Event

Members-Only Have you ever wondered what that age old saying “Once in a Blue Moon” looked like? The Garden is excited to invite you to bring your telescope and find out! This Members-Only Event is offered as a special benefit to our members at the Wild Grape level and above.

Water Agency Customer Appreciation Day
May 18, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Water Agency Customer Appreciation Day

The Garden is pleased to once again host a special “appreciation day” for ratepayers of the City of San Diego, Helix, Otay, and Sweetwater Authority Water Districts. Ratepayers can enjoy snacks, kids activities, a Garden Tour and butterfly habitat experiences while discovering different varieties of drought-tolerant plants, learning how to “toss the turf”, and getting inspiration for water-smart gardening.

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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; our resident Barn Owls are back and are live streaming on our YouTube channel; and it’s nearly time for our annual Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival where you can take advantage of experts and everything you need to care for your own garden, while enjoying a  stroll through ours. 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.

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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