Saturday, May 15, 2010

May 31 2010 e-news

This is the last Update from Barb Strona.  Sabine Starr will be the update person for the next year.  Any information you want disseminated should go to
Thank you all for bearing with me as I figured out how to do this.
Barb Strona

Thursday, June 17, 4-6 p.m. 
Wine and Coffee in the Garden
The Urban Seed will host us with wine and coffee for a MHGC  private event on Thursday, June 17, 4-6 p.m.  2754 Calhoun, Old Town .  Located on your left just inside the Juan St. entrance to the former Bazaar Del Mundo.
Wednesday, June 23, 6-8 PM Shelly Stewart:
Backyard Chickens in Urban San Diego .” 
Everything you need to know to join the Urban Chicken Club
4070 Jackdaw Mission Hills United Church of Christ
Bring nice raffle items, plants to share, and questions for the Plant Doctor
Here’s something that may interest you:
From Carol M.    Free Smoke Detector Programs
You have to  be over 55 and own your own home in the county of SD ; see email address below to send info to sign up ….
 The way the program works is: We conduct the installations two times per month and when we have an installation available in your area, we will call you a few days in advance to make sure the day that we have scheduled works for you. If that day works, we will sign you up and a team of volunteers will come to your home on that day to check, install and/or inspect your smoke alarms and LED nightlight!
If you would like to sign up, please email me back with: 1. Your first and last name, 2. A phone number to contact you, 3. Your home address.
Thanks so much I look forward to hearing from you soon and getting this installation taken care of!
Gwen Lammers
Burn Institute 
8825 Aero Drive, Suite 200 San Diego, CA, 92123
858-541-2277, Ext. 13         
June 15, 2010
                         Tuesday, JUNE 15:  Dinner, Business Meeting and Program
Speaker:    BILL TOONE on Water Conservation in San Diego Gardens
Bill Toone is Executive Director of ECOLIFE FOUNDATION. He is a conservation biologist with over 30 years of global field experience, where his work for the San Diego Zoo's Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species (CRES) has placed him on the front lines of conservation, beginning with the California Condor Recovery Program.
Successes with condors launched Bill into a dual career as international conservation biologist and spokesperson for conservation issues. Bill makes frequent media appearances, and has been featured in numerous PBS documentaries. He has developed an important contemporary perspective on conservation and the human condition. He is well qualified to assist the San Diego gardening community to address the problems of water conservation that we all face as we care for our gardens in 2010. 
Room 101 Casa del Prado in Balboa Park. Join us for dinner on the patio prior to the program.
6:00 p.m. --  BBQ Dinner $15 – reservations:  619-232- 5762   (Floral Association office)
                     Or, mail a check to: SDFA, 1650 El Prado, Rm. 105, San Diego , CA 92101-1684
7:00 p.m. --  Brief business meeting followed by speaker Bill Toone  
                     Program is free and open to all.
Saturday, June 19

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Plant lovers and bargain hunters won't want to miss the Master Gardener Plant Sale on June 19 in Balboa Park.
The annual event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 101 and the patio of Casa del Prado in Balboa Park .
As with past sales, shoppers can expect a wide variety of plants at below retail prices. Many were propagated by Master Gardeners, while others were donated by specialty growers and collectors.
New this year is the sale of birdhouses in a variety of styles and sleeve-protecting gauntlets, all handcrafted by Master Gardeners. Floral note cards also will be available for purchase.

Plants for sale will include a wide variety of annuals, perennials, succulents, ornamental trees, heirloom and unusual vegetables, staghorn ferns, a wide variety of bromeliads and an abundance of other plants for home landscapes.
Master Gardeners will be available to help with plant selections and provide growing information.
Horticultural and pest control advice also will be provided by Master Gardeners on a variety of gardening subjects.  Exhibits will include information on the following topics:
  • Identifying friends and foes in your garden
  • Safe pest control
  • Landscaping tips to help defend your home from wildfires
  • Composting how-to
  • Tomato, avocado and citrus tree care
  • Identification of invasive plants
  • Sustainable gardening
  • How to make your garden more drought tolerant
Park free of charge in Balboa Park lots and take the free tram to the sale. Purchased plants can be held in a holding area while shoppers enjoy the park or retrieve their cars. A loading zone makes plant pick-up simple and easy.
Watch our Web site,, and our facebook page, for more information as the plant sale nears. The Web site also will have details on parking.
The June issue of our e-newsletter will have complete plant sale information, as well as other helpful articles on plants, gardening and pest control. To sign up for the free newsletter and other Master Gardener email-alerts, visit the Master Gardener Web site and click the "Go Green" button.
Questions:  Call the Master Gardener hortline - (858) 694-2860  Monday-Friday,  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained and supervised by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).
July 12, San Diego Horticultural Society presents Debra Baldwin: How to
Create Stunning Succulent Container

Thank you again,
Barb Strona

619 295-2702 direct
619 203-1200 cell

I'm always happy to get your referrals.