Connect with Plants and People: A Celebration of Local Biodiversity

Hosted by San Diego Botanic Garden in partnership with Pacific Horticulture.  

October 15, 2022 | 2-6:30 pm

Tickets:

San Diego Botanic Garden or Pacific Horticulture Members: $45.00

Non-Members: $50.00

Admission to the Botanic Garden, three signature tacos from City Taco and two special selections from Mother Earth Brewing are included with the ticket price

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Become a San Diego Botanic Garden member today 

Become a Pacific Horticulture member today 

 

Join us at San Diego Botanic Garden in collaboration with local horticulture and conservation experts to celebrate gardening for biodiversity.   

Enjoy a diverse menu of fun learning activities throughout the afternoon, including walking tours and a wide variety of short talks.   

Join us for food and drinks at an evening reception with many special guests. 

Event Highlights:   

  • Meet experts in horticulture and conservation and learn more about sustainable, water-wise, heat-tolerant, and native plant gardening with plant recommendations and gardening tips for fall planting. 
  • Help kick-off the taco diversity research project – an opportunity to assist with this citizen science project by eating tacos (and enjoying beverages)!  
  • All guests of the ticketed reception will receive a complimentary seedling of the Tecate Cypress (Hesperocyparis forbesii) from Bartlett Tree Experts – Legacy Tree Program 

We would like to thank our Event Partner, Bartlett Tree Experts.


Program 

Learning activities will run concurrently between 2- 4 pm 

2:00 p.m. 

Short Talks 

 

Get Ready to Plant a Coastal Sage Scrub Flower Garden  

with Clayton Tschudy, Executive Director of San Diego Canyonlands 

 

Pollinators and Rare Plants  

with Christina Simokat and Elizabeth Ferguson 

Learn from local scientists investigating the pollinators of the rarest of our rare native plants 

 

San Diego Botanic Garden Birds—Diversity and Abundance

with Susan Smith 

 

Walking Tours 

 

Great Garden Selections  

with John Clements, SDBG’s Director of Gardens and Brandi Eide, SDBG’s Senior Director of Horticulture and Facilities  

Discover and learn about the exciting variety of options available for sustainable, water-wise, heat-tolerant gardening in Southern California, with examples from SDBG’s gardens. 

 

California Natives  

with San Diego Botanic Garden Staff 

Discover and learn about the wonders of our SDBG natural areas, including the rare flora and fauna that call these areas home 

3:00 p.m. 

Short Talks 

 

Pollinators and Ornamental Plants  

with Lea Corkidi, University of California Cooperative Extension

Learn about collaborative research investigating whether and how different pollinators visit ornamental plants vs their native/wild type 

 

Expand Your Palette: Waterwise Plants for your Landscape   

with Nan Sterman  

Discover the vast palette of plants options for your drought tolerant garden 

 

Supporting Habitat through California Native Plant Selection 

with Mike Evans, Tree of Life Nursery 

How you can use your garden to create a habitat for native fauna. 

 

Encore of Walking Tours

 

Great Garden Selections  

 

with John Clements, SDBG’s Director of Gardens and Brandi Eide, SDBG’s Senior Director of Horticulture and Facilities  

Discover and learn about the exciting variety of options available for sustainable, water-wise, heat-tolerant gardening in Southern California, with examples from SDBG’s gardens. 

 

California Natives  

with San Diego Botanic Garden Staff 

Discover and learn about the wonders of our SDBG natural areas, including the rare flora and fauna that call these areas home 

 

You must be a ticket holder to enter into the evening reception area.

4:00 p.m. 

Ticketed reception with Special Guests and Fall Planting Recommendations  

Enjoy diverse beverages, socialize, and learn from horticulture experts– an opportunity to be inspired and ask your specific gardening questions.    

 

Meet talk and tour presenters and notable local nursery and plantspeople, including representatives from: 

Native West Nursery

Tree of Life Nursery

Grubb & Nadler Nurseries 

Moosa Creek Nursery 

California Native Plant Society San Diego Chapter 

Mother Earth Brewing Company

 

5:00 p.m.  

Taco Diversity Research Project and Brief Remarks  

Marvel at the sight, smells, and tastes of diverse foods, including celebrating taco diversity with SDBG’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation Colin Khoury    

Food is Served 

 

6:30 p.m. 

Event Concludes 

 

There is no better time to support the incredible work of San Diego Botanic Garden and Pacific Horticulture, representing multidisciplinary collaborations that support biodiversity in our region with global scale relevance. 

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Food and Refreshments Provided by:

City Tacos and Mother Earth Brew Co.