Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Meeting, Coffee in the Garden, MORE

Dear Mission Hills Garden Club Members and Garden Aficionados,

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

Garden Walk News

We Want You! All hands on deck to help with the 2011 Garden Walk --- there are many ways to participate and now it's easier than ever to offer your assistance. Just go to and click on the Volunteer link, it's that simple. We need every single member to help out, so please sign up today! Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far.

Serve as an Officer or Committee Chair for the June '11-May '12 Board. Sign up on our website! Please consider taking on one of the openings and have fun getting to know the club members better.

Saturday, March 19, 10 am - noon

Coffee in the Garden at

1619 Myrtle Ave. 92103. Rain cancels this event

To enjoy the company of kindred spirits who also feel that: "Perfumes are the feelings of flowers." ~Heinrich Heine, The Hartz Journey.

Contact Sandra Scherf to schedule the date YOU want to share your garden or if you have any questions: 858 952 6806

Wednesday, March 23, 6 pm - 8 pm

Monthly Meeting

"Global Gardening"

Mission Hills Garden Club is dedicated to supporting the Horticulture Programs in San Diego schools at the elementary and secondary levels as well as in various local community colleges. For our March meeting, we are showcasing Crawford High School and their extraordinary gardening program they have developed with the help of The International Rescue Committee.

Please join us to hear how this diverse educational complex, with over 27 cultures, has given its students the opportunity to pursue the “American Dream”!

Presented in a multimedia format they will share with you a heart warming tale of what Mission Hills Garden Club's contributions have done for the personal, academic and social lives of the intern recipients & their schools. Hear and see how our support is truly reaching out on a global level.

The finale will be learning how to create "SEED BALLS" like the ones used for the dedication of the New Roots Community Garden which First Lady Michelle Obama recently visited. (All materials provided)

We look forward to your attendance to witness the impact Mission Hills Garden Club has had in these young students lives and in the communities where they live. Click link to see more about some of the work we have contributed to:

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)

Crawford Garden Wish List – Please bring to the March meeting any of the following things, if you can:

Garden Materials

Seeds (preferably organic)

Plant starts

Hoes (Hula), Pick Ax

Tool Shed Organizing Materials (shelves)

Green Plastic Garden Bed Fencing & Stakes

Organic/Natural Soil Amendment or Compost

Harvesting Knives/Clippers

Hose spray/sprinkler heads

50 Gallon Rain Barrels

Dry Erase White Board for lessons (with markers)

Cooking Materials:

Cutting Boards, Chopping Knives, Mixing Bowls,

Propane Cooking Stove Top

Binders/Notebooks for Student Manager Portfolios &

Record Keeping (5)

Red Wiggler Worms

Worm Bins, Rubbermaid Totes

Growing Pots

Lowe’s/Home Depot Gift Cards

Programmatic Fees

Sponsor a Student :

We aim to pay each of our youth $250/semester for completing 60 hours of labor and $350 for student managers. Any amount will be a great help!

As always we have our great plant exchange going on at the monthly meeting: bring and/or take plants. This time Dick Disraeli will bring 7+ big green Agaves (2 to 3 feet in width, trunk 2 to 3 inches). Please arrange for taking home these big plants, if you are interested. They retail at about 200 $ each. You can also call Dick (619 295 2553), if you want to cut and pick them up from his home. He requests that they will be planted in Mission Hills.

Wednesday April 28, 6 – 8 pm

Monthly Meeting

Movie Night “Sunset Boulevard”.

Saturday, April 16. 10 am - noon

Coffee in the Garden at

3838 Falcon St. 92103. Rain cancels this event

To enjoy the company of kindred spirits some of whom also feel that: " A weed is but an unloved flower. " ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Contact Sandra Scherf to schedule the date YOU want to share your garden or if you have any questions: 858 952 6806

Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mission Hills Garden Walk “A Stroll Down Sunset Boulevard”

Garden Art & Food Available For Purchase, Wine Reception at Mission Hills Nursery (3-4:30). Adult Tickets $25 in Advance, $30 Day of Walk, Children under 12 Free. Tickets may be purchased

online at or at the Mission Hills Nursery, Walter Andersen’s Nursery and Cedros Gardens.

Friday, June 3, 10 a.m.

Debra Lee Baldwin welcomes the Mission Hills Garden club for the second time to Oasis Water Efficient Gardens in Escondido, where she will again give a potting demonstration, then help us fill containers we've brought with succulents from the nursery's extensive selection. The hands-on part of the class size is limited to 20 so that Debra isn't spread too thin trying to assist participants.

Where: Oasis Nursery in Escondido

Cost: The fee is $25.00, which includes the cost of Debra’s time/expertise and a luncheon. (Oh, we usually get a discount on plant material from Oasis)

Transportation: is on your own (car pooling recommended)

The event is strictly limited to paid persons – club members. This event was full and sold out last year – register early!

To register for this event please send check for $25.00, your name, phone number, email to Carol Costarakis, 5524 Sandburg Ave, San Diego, CA 92122. Inquiries 858 909 0001/

The Winter 2011 issue of our Newsletter is now posted on our website at Click on "Winter" -- it's a wonderful collection of articles and photos (Nancy Dismdale for Newsletter). Comments are welcome. Please send an e-mail to (Nancy Dimsdale for Newsletter).

Calendar of events on our Website: You find all of our events and other garden clubs or neighborhood related events on it (Scott Borden for e-Communications).

Other Events:

Fridays, 3 to 6 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 live music.

Saturday, March 19, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The Mission Hills Town Council sponsors the Goldfinch Overlook Non-Native Plant Removal CLEAN-UP EVENT

(intersection of Goldfinch and West Lewis) Volunteers Needed! Local residents and business owners, 6-12th grade school students in need of fulfilling volunteer hours, Boy Scouts, local Mission Hills Friends of Canyons participants, and native plant society members. Please come and participate in cleaning up this future Mission Hills Overlook! Make sure to bring gloves and a rake, clippers, or a shovel. Refreshments will be provided!

For more information or to RSVP, please send an email to

Saturday April 2, 2011

Register now for the 21st annual Master Gardener Spring Home Gardening Seminar. Choose among 27 classes taught by experts in gardening, San Diego style. Cost is only $15 per class and you can register online.

MASTER GARDENER HOTLINE: Have gardening questions

answered by trained volunteers, Mon.-Fri., 9-3, (858) 694-2860,

Saturday, May 14, 10-4 pm

San Diego Floral Association presents: Historic Garden Tour 2011.

Garden Jewels of the Crown City

Tickets $20 before/$25 day of the event

View 8 beautiful gardens in historic Coronado. Buy "day of" tickets, pick up maps, guidebooks and free tote bag at Spreckles Park, 6th and C Ave in Coronado from 10 am on.

Tickets may be purchased before May 14 at these locations: - online

The Flower Lady - Coronado

Green Gardens - Pacific Beach

Kniffing Discount Nurseries - El Cajon

Mission Hills Nursery - Mission Hills/Hillcrest

Walter Andersen Nursery - Pt Loma and Poway

Weidner's Nursery - Encinitas

Check out the website of the San Diego Horticultural Society for their great events:

Internet Resources:

Live Barn Cam

They are growing fast, but still cute to watch, the LambCam.

How To Videos

Did you know that by being a member of the Mission Hills Garden Club you are automatically a member of the California Garden Clubs, Inc./Palomar District

Check out events on the Palomar District website:

The MH Garden Club online:



Facebook ( find “Mission Hills Garden Club”)

Germaine Greer: “A garden is the best alternative therapy.”

Please send me an e-mail if you have something for the bi-weekly Enews:

Happy gardening,

Sabine Starr

Communications Chair

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