Saturday, December 4, 2010

MHGC News, Dates and Infos: Dec3

Dear Mission Hills Garden Club Members and Garden Aficionados,
Please find below the Club’s events and other community and garden related infos:
Friday, December 3, 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 4, Noon-10:00 p.m.December 3 – 4
Balboa Park December Nights 2010
Annual "Festival of Trees" theme is "Anything Goes" - beautiful Christmas trees feature intricate and extravagant decorations.
As it has for 38 years, SDFA will once again delight visitors by filling the room with decorated Christmas trees and unique floral designs.
Fresh exotic protea blooms and tasty gingerbread cookies for sale.
The delightful gingerbread cookies are also available by the box when pre-ordered on line from They are a box of 288 cookies packaged in trays of two dozen for $50.
Saturday, Dec. 11th 10-noon
Coffee in the Garden
5524 Sandburg
San Diego, CA 92122
**Rain cancels this event**
For a chance to share your garden with like-minded people who understand this piece of wisdom: "God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done. " ~Author Unknown

Please contact Sandra Scherf or 858-952-6806. Two hosts so far have volunteered for the 2011 calendar.
January 2
SDFA is again offering the bus trip to Pasadena for viewing the Rose Parade Floats. The trip is January 2, 2011. Reservations are being taken now - there are only 55 seats available. Stroll among the parked floats from the Pasadena Rose Parade. There will be excellent photo opportunities and a knowledgeable person at each float to answer any questions. Food, drinks and restrooms are available on the grounds.

Pasadena Tournament of Roses: Post Parade Showcase of Floats

Date: January 2, 2011
When & Where: 8:00 am – San Diego – Old Town Transportation Center parking lot 8:30 am – Carlsbad/Encinitas – La Costa Park & Ride, 710 La Costa Avenue off I-5
Cost: Member of SDFA and Mission Hills Garden Club - $45
Non-members and guests - $65
A telephone call does not reserve a seat
Deadline for reservations is Dec. 29, 2010
Details: 55 seats available, Light snacks served on the bus, Lunch on your own from food vendors at the showcase grounds.
Return: Approx. 6:00 pm – depending on traffic
Call the SDFA office for more information – 619-232-5762 Checks can be sent to SDFA Office, 1650 El Prado #105, San Diego , CA 92101-1684
Wednesday, January 26, 6 pm - 8 pm
Member 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
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 fore-Communications).

Other Events:
Fridays, 3 to 7 p.m.
Support the certified Farmers Market in Mission Hills and help it stay! It isevery Friday from 3 – 7 p.m. on Falcon Street , between Washington and Fort Stockton . Fun, mostly organic, creative and live music.
Saturday, November 20
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.
Garden of Lights at San Diego Botanic Garden
Evenings in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling through the lighted Garden. Adding to the sparkle is the " Poinsettia Garden ," festively decorated with many varieties of poinsettias.
Live music of all varieties fills the air nightly from 6 - 8 pm. For one sizzling evening (December 18), the rhythm, costumes and dance of Mexico come to the Garden with lively performances by Mariachi Imperial de San Diego and Ballet Folklórico Herencia Mexicana. Schedule on
MASTER GARDENER HOTLINE: Gardening questions
answered by trained volunteers Mon.-Fri., 9-3, (858) 694-2860,
Internet Resources:, a southern California based online gardening publication. Subscription is freee and it has a lot of tips. See the article on patio trees from our very own Meredith French.
Check out events on the Palomar District website:
The MH Garden Club online:
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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