Thursday, November 18, 2010


Dear Mission Hills Garden Club Members and Garden Aficionados,

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

Saturday, November 20, 10 - noon
Coffee in the Garden was cancelled due to expected rain. Please join us again at one in the future.
(Sandra Scherf for Coffee in the Garden)

Wednesday December 1, 7 – 9 p.m.
MHGC Member Reception, at the meeting hall at 4070 Jackdaw. Please come in festive holiday attire and enjoy the party with fellow members. Please rsvp by November 22nd to Free for members, 20 $ for non-members (Carol Costarakis for Special Events and Debbie Quillin for Hospitality)

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).

January 2
Floral Assoc. Invites MHGC to join Pasadena Rose parade Float Trip. Sunday Jan 2, 2011. All day bus trip from Old Town Am track Parking Lot. Cost $45 members/$65 guests - limited seating. Information: 619 232 5762, www.SDFLORAL.ORG

Wednesday, January 26, 6 pm - 8 pm
Members Meeting
Best of the Best: Succulent Container Gardens well known author, Debra Lee Baldwin, will be speaking to members and the public at its monthly meeting in January. She will be discussing her beautiful new book, Succulent Container Gardens, which has just been tagged as one of the ten best garden books of 2010 in several publishing and distribution polls. No stranger to the writing world, she has authored and provided the photographs for several other volumes and articles on gardening with succulents. Her efforts have probably done more to popularize this landscape tool than any one other individual. Books will be available for purchase and she will remain to sign them.
At 4070 Jackdaw St, Mission Hills. Street or parking lot parking at United Church of Christ, Refreshments served, Members free; Guests and public without passes- $10. No reservations necessary (Meredith French, Program Chair)

We need a volunteer for occasional press releases. Please contact

Debra Lee Baldwin has posted pictures from the Oasis Nursery/Succulent Potting Field Trip. You will need to sign up for Face Book, if you haven’t already done so, and then go to Succulent Container Gardens (type in under “search”). She apologizes for not including everyone’s creations. She lost some of them by mistake in “delete”.

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 Bench Gazebo or shade structure A low water plant that will grow over the seating structureBucketsWater bottles Portable radio Shovels Tool shed Portable sink Small gloves
(Mary Shelly for Education)

Please contribute to our Newsletter. Send your text to Nancy: (Nancy Dimsdale for Newsletter).

Calendar of events 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 20
"Mission Hills Nursery" is supporting the Susan G. Komen Walkers this Saturday with pink bra donations to a women's rescue center. Bring yours in and contribute to the effort. They will be festooned at the nursery as the walkers pass by. The first batch of trees and poinsettias are arriving this weekend."

Wednesday, December 8, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Point Loma Garden Club’s Annual Holiday Tea & Bazar, Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal, SD 92106. Handmade holiday decorations, crafts and more. Free Admission.

MASTER GARDENER HOTLINE: Gardening questions
answered by trained volunteers Mon.-Fri., 9-3, (858) 694-2860,

Gardening Quote: Henry Mitchell: Please do not inform me of what I know all too well: that a regular job interferes in the most disgusting way with a garden.

Internet Resources:
Flower Seed Planting Time for Coastal Southern California - by Walter Anderson Nursery
(thanks to Nancy Dimsdale)

Dirt Couture
Plant markers for the frank gardener:

Royal Sustainability: Prince Charles, book author

The MH Garden Club online:Website: ( 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