Thursday, September 16, 2010

MHGC: Meeting, Special Events and More

Dear Garden Aficionados and Mission Hills Garden Club Members,

Please find below the Club’s events and other community and garden related infos:

Wednesday, September 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
Garden Club Meeting:
Speaker Tiger Palafox of Mission Hills Nursery will speak on “Fall Pruning”

Please join us in welcoming back Tiger Palafox of Fox 6 News and Mission Hills Nursery. This time his topic will be “Proper Guidelines for Fall Pruning to Produce Healthier and Happier Shrubs in the Spring”. Tiger, always entertaining, with an added gift of inspiring and enthusing, will not disapoint . Along with any potted plants you may want to bring for guidance.

!! Please bring nice RAFFLE ITEMS for this quarter’s raffle, and bring your wallets if you want to play!

Guests welcome. $10 at the door. No RSVP required. Meeting held at 4070 Jackdaw St off Ft Stockton, Mission Hills, San Diego 92103 (Meredith French for Programs)

!! Also at this meeting:
“LAST CHANCE” at the next meeting for clipper and knife sharpening until spring. Take advantage of this convenient service now! (Carol Costarakis for Special Events)

Sunday, September 26, 4 - 6 p. m.
Wine in the Garden at 4251 Arguello Street.
Come and enjoy some time in a beautiful garden, generously opened up to the GC (Sandra Scherf for Coffee/Wine in the Garden).

Wednesday, October 27, 6 – 8 p.m.
Garden Club Meeting:
Speaker: Bill Toone on “Drought and Water Conservation”
We are thrilled to announce that Bill Toone will be joining us to speak on “Drought-A Local Perspective on a Global Problem”. Bill has quite a varied background which began at UCDavis in Avian Sciences. He is best known today for his work in sustainable development and management practices in developing countries. He is at the helm of the ECOLIFE Foundation which concerns itself with the “disconnect between quality of life for people and the health of their natural resources”. Bill will not only share his experiences from around the globe helping groups solve water quality and shortage problems, but will bring it close to home with his own sustainable water harvesting practices at his own residence. These are easy solutions that we can all adopt in our quest to save water and adjust to our changing climate.

Friday, November 5, 10 a. m.

Do send in your checks ($15.00) and register for our special trip Oasis Nursery and potting demo by Debra Baldwin, author of many books and succulent guru! – flyers at meeting.
What: Nursery Tour/Potting demo by Debra Baldwin/Lunch
When: 10.00 Friday, Nov. 5
Where: Oasis Nursery, Escondido
Transport: Self/Directions provided
(Carol Costarakis for Special Events)

Wednesday December 1
Party! details to follow

December 3 – 4
Mission Hills Garden Club will once again participate in December Nights Festival of Trees in Balboa Park, in Del Prado Room #101, Friday Dec 3rd at 5pm until 10 pm and Saturday, Dec 4th from 10am to 10pm. The entire park is open to the public with all museums free, plus entertainment, vendors, delicious food etc. It is the largest free event in San Diego. Over 50,000 attend each day.
Our club will be decorating a gorgeous tree along with many other organizations making Room 101 in the Prado Building a winter wonderland. Come early, parking is difficult , best to be dropped off or ride a bike. We have been participating in the event for over 10 years. The theme this year is "EVERYTHING GOES" so come on board, volunteer to help with the tree and attend the festivities (Cheryl Gaidmore).

Please contribute to our Newsletter. Send your text to Nancy: (Nancy Dimsdale for Newsletter).NEW! Check out our handy Calendar on our Website: .

Other Events:
Fridays, 3 to 7 p.m.
Support the certified Farmers Market in Mission Hills and help it stay! It is every Friday from 3 – 7 p.m. on Falcon Street, between Washington and Fort Stockton. Fun, mostly organic, creative and usually with live music.

Saturday, Sep 25, 9 a. m to Noon
Mission Hills Canyon Cleanup by the Friends of Mission Hills Canyons, I Love a Clean San Diego and SD Coastkeeper. You must register to participate. See website for registration. .

Saturday, Sep 25, 1 – 4 p. m.
Mission Hills Heritage Fall Walking Tour. Details on

Saturday, Sep 25, 1 – 3 p. m.
Learn about turf removal at the Water Conservation Garden: Toss the Turf: Less Water, Less Grass, More Fun! Class fee is 20 $ for members, 30 $ non-members. Register at 619-660-0614 x10

October 1 – 3
San Diego International Orchid Fair, 16th Annual Orchid Show and Orchid Sale. Details at

November 10 – 16
Big Island Garden Adventure trip to Hawaii with Jim Bishop and Scott Borden. Complete info from Sterling Tours, 619 299 3010,,

Internet Resource
Heirloom tomatoes breed true from year to year, and you can save your own tomato seed from ripe fruit. Click here to learn how:

Have these and more detailed infos always handy:
Find us on Facebook ( find “Mission Hills Garden Club”)We always love to hear from you and see you at our events and/or come and volunteer! Please send me an e-mail if you have something for this bi-weekly e-news update:

Happy Gardening,
Sabine Starr
Communications Chair