Monday, March 7, 2011

MHGC: Dates and Infos

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!

Serve as an Officer or Committee Chair for the July '11-June '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 if you can help:

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!

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

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 – 6 p.m. on Falcon Street , between Washington and Fort Stockton . Fun, mostly organic, creative and live music.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sustainable Urban Landscape Conference: Sustainable Practices in Action at the Performing Arts Theater at Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92019. The speakers and audience at the 2011 conference will include active professionals encompassing the broad "green industry" spectrum of landscape architects and contractors, landscape maintenance pros, educators, many city and county representatives from water districts and local government. Contact conference coordinator, Don Schultz, by phone at 619-660-4023 or by email at

Sunday, March 13, 1 pm

Mission Hills Nursery presents: Urban Farmstyle Seminars. Guest Chef Kurt Metzger from Kitchen 4140 Kitchen Pasta. Reservations are requested to guarantee enough food is cooked for everyone to try:

March 26, 2011, 9 am to 4 pm

1st Garden Tour of Spring! "Take A Botanical Odyssey"

Garden Tour

Four private gardens and eight garden businesses in Fallbrook, Vista, and San Marcos.

$16 Members (until midnight March 23)

$25 Non-Members (until midnight, March 23)

$25 After March 23 For all, no exceptions



By mail: Send check made out to the San Diego Horticultural Society to Ida Rigby, 14031 Saddlewood Drive, Poway, CA 92064. Must be postmarked no later than March 10.

At both locations of Walter Andersen Nurseries and at Anderson's La Costa Nursery.

Day of Tickets: Grangetto's, 1105 W. Mission Ave, Escondido, CA 92029 between 9 AM and 1 PM.

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.

Floral Design Forum

Carlsbad Woman's Club, 3320 Monroe St, Carlsbad

Monday, April 4

“Ladies from Ensenada”

Creative & colorful designs from South of the Border

Monday, May 2

David Simpson from the Texas Design Seminar

Y’all come!

$12 – CGCI Affiliated club member…$15 non-member

Contact Marcia Townsend, 760-749-4976 ( to register or for further details.

MASTER GARDENER HOTLINE: Have gardening questions

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

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

Internet Resources:

Ask/Answer a Gardening Question

Burpee Gardening.

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”)

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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