Sunday, October 17, 2010

MHGC eNews: Meeting, Coffee in the Garden, 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, 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.

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)

Saturday, October 30, 10 - noon
Coffee in the Garden at 1506 Plumosa Way. Free.
Come and enjoy a beautiful garden, and hang out with fellow garden club members. Free.
(Sandra Scherf for Coffee in the Garden)

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!
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)

Saturday, November 20, 10 - noon
Coffee in the Garden at 1753 W. Montecito Way

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).

We need a volunteer for occasional press releases. Please contact

Below is a wish list from Crawford High School. Their students helped us as docents on our Garden Walk. Please contact Michelle (Michelle Raymond, Garden Club Advisor-Crawford ComplexPh 619-583-2500 ext. 4862) directly if you have anything to donate.
Picnic BenchGazebo or shade structureA low water plant that will grow over the seating structureBucketsWater bottlesPortable radioShovelsTool shedPortable sinkSmall gloves
(Mary Shelly for Education)
Please contribute to our Newsletter. Send your text to Nancy : (Nancy Dimsdale for Newsletter).NEW! Check out our handy Calendar on our Website: . You find all of our events and other garden or neighborhood related events on it (Scott Borden for e-Communications).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, November 6, 11:00 – 2:00
Celebrate Kate Sessions’ Birthday at Marston House & Gardens, 3525 Seventh Avenue – geranium sales, house and garden tours, park walk, trees of Balboa Park tour, birthday cake and much more! Sponsored by San Diego Floral Association, Friends of Balboa Park, and SOHO
Parking - Free parking along Balboa Drive, Sixth Avenue, Upas and Thorn Streets
Free Shuttle Tram - From Inspiration Point Tram Central (East side of Park Blvd. at Presidents Way) (Nancy Carter, Club Historian)

Internet Resources
Check out the simplified website of the Palomar district:

Free Publications: NBS (National Garden Clubs Inc.) offers free publications do download for garden club members.

Have fun browsing the online home of California Garden Clubs, Inc.

National Garden Clubs: Resources for Flower Shows at

Check out the Garden Club online:Website: 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 the bi-weekly e-news:

Happy Gardening,
Sabine Starr
Communications Chair

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