Workshops & Events

Seasonal Workshops & Events

Volunteer Training

2-Day Training
March 20 & 27

We have a place for you here at The Garden! Dig in the dirt, work an event, lead a tour, meet and greet Garden guests or be a part of a myriad of volunteer opportunities! 

Finding Peace During Life's Waves

Mind & Body Master Class
with Laurie Hallihan

Saturday, April 8
This mindfulness workshop is a great starting point for beginning a regular mindfulness practice or to inspire your current practice.

Lil’ Sprouts Storytime with Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Spring 2023

3rd Wednesdays, 9:30am
April 19, May 17, June 21

Catch a heartwarming storytime and nature craft with the magical Ms. Smarty-Plants™. Sponsored by the Dr. Seuss Foundation and Boys & Girls Foundation.

San Diego Tree Week

April 22-29

San Diego Tree Week, an initiative of The Water Conservation Garden, aims to bring neighbors together to plant trees in their community. Businesses, schools, and individuals will come together to celebrate the many benefits of trees. 

Terrific Trees! Storytime with Ms. Smarty-Plants™

San Diego Tree Week
Wednesday, Apr 19

Celebrate the super powers of trees with a special storytime with Ms. Smarty-Plants™ thanks to our friends at SDG&E.

Nature Therapy - The Presence of Trees

San Diego Treek Week
Sunday, Apr 23


Things are looking up—well at least you will be as we immerse ourselves in the environment and focus on the wonder of trees. Discover why humans and trees are designed to be together.

Trees & Treats Workshops

San Diego Tree Week 2023
Saturday, Apr 29

FREE tree, talk, & treats! first come-first served!! Celebrate San Diego Tree Week by learning which tree is right for your landscape from Certified Arborist, Jose Bedoya of Leaf it to Us, plus planting and care with Master Arborist, Brad Brown of Tree Life Consulting.

Landscape Design Consultation

Monthly Appointments
$70 Members / $85 Non-members

Receive helpful, one-on-one advice, for your Landscape Makeover project from professional designers and architects.

Featured Wellness Classes

April 8, May 13, June 10

Mind & Body Master Classes promote physical, emotional, and mental health within a compassionate community. These classes will explore ways to develop a deeper relationship with our wellbeing and others through engaging conversations, experiential practices, and learning practical tools for daily life. Led by an inspiring community of teachers, coaches, and speakers.

FREE Wellness Members | $15 Garden Member | $20 General Admission

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival

Saturday, May 6

The Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival is BACK as you know it with fun and new exciting happenings, too! This year’s Event is FREE to attend and will host unique ticketed experiences throughout the day.

Butterfly Experiences

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival
Saturday, May 6

Join us in our beautiful outdoor Butterfly Pavilion and native Habitat Garden to release your very own butterfly to nectar on nearby flowers.

Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Pollinator Party

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival
Saturday, May 6

Join Ms. Smarty-Plants™ for her Spring Fling POLLINATOR PARTY! Come dressed as your favorite pollinator.  Learn about bees, butterflies, and other pollinating friends.

Petting Zoo

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival
Saturday, May 6
9am-3pm (All Day)

Petting Zoo experience with more information to come!

Native Landscaping Principles

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival
Saturday, May 6
10-11am + 30 min Q&A and five fave plants

*Receive a FREE native plant!! All residents of unincorporated SD County who register and attend this class receive a free 1-gallon native plant from Cuyamaca Nursery. Must attend class to receive voucher.

World Labyrinth Walk

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival
Saturday, May 6
1pm to close

“Walk as One at 1” to create a rolling wave of peaceful energy across the globe. In celebration of World Labyrinth Day.

Garden Tour

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival
Saturday, May 6

Walk the trails with a Docent Tour Guide, see beautiful water saving landscapes, and learn what makes a garden flourish.

Landscape Design Consultation

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival
Saturday, May 6
$70 Members / $85 Non-members

Receive helpful, one-on-one advice, for your Landscape Makeover project from professional designers and architects.

Butterflies, Biscuits, & Tea with Ms. Smarty-Plants™

Saturday, May 13
10:00am • 11:00am • 12:00pm
A Mother’s Day Treat

The Water Conservation Garden’s beloved Ms. Smarty-Plants™ is welcoming you, your friends and family to join Ms. Smarty-Plants™ for an hour-long sparkling celebration for our moms unlike any other! 

Spring Escape Into Yoga, Art & Nature

Saturday, May 20
Experience a daytime escape dedicated to yoga, art, sound, and nature. Yoga instructors Jackie Gadd, and Lisa Griffiths, along with Sound Therapist, Jon Freeman, guide a series of practices to cultivate compassion, honor conservation, and celebrate culture.

How Much and How Often to Water? Part 1 - Virtual

Tuesday, Jun 13

Basics are essential for water efficiency—learning how long to water your landscape and how often, is critical.

How much and How Often to Water? Part 2 - Onsite

Saturday, Jun 17

Once we understand how long to water, the last variable factor for water conservation is how often to water. During this session we cover where to find data to help you know when to water.

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