Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale,Tomatomania!®, and Bromeliad Bonanza 2014

Come visit us for another great day at the garden!
San Diego Urban Homesteaders and Ag PALS will have exhibits with speakers throughout this 2 day event.
The garden is very excited to have Sharon Lovejoy as it's special guest speaker at this year’s Herb Festival, Spring Plant Show and Tomatomania®, and Bromeliad Bonanza. Sharon’s passion for the natural world guided her to become an award winning nature, gardening, and children’s book author and water color illustrator.

As a recognized gardening expert, Sharon has lectured throughout the United States at conferences, educational symposia, museums, botanic gardens, arboreta, public and private educational institutions, and for professional trade associations and gardening organizations.

Sharon’s Speaking Topics
Secrets of a Good Natured Gardener (and Garden): It’s all about team work, and in this program, the “team” is a hard working host of critters, herbs, edibles, and native plants. Author Sharon Lovejoy will introduce you to some often overlooked and under-appreciated garden workers who can help transform your soil and yard into a verdant and bountiful landscape. Contain Your Creativity (in pots, that is): Gorgeous containers brimming with plants are the quick change artists of your garden. They’ll add color, flavor, and scent to even the most boring area. Join author Sharon Lovejoy as she leads you down the pathway to create small theme gardens in bountiful containers. Harvest ideas for a mini herb garden, a hummingbird haven, a tea garden, knot garden, beneficial insects medley, gourmet’s delight, Italian dinner bowl, succulent mosaic, window boxes, and more.

In addition to Sharon’s presentations, there will be on-going speakers on garden and herb-related topics, guided tours of the Herb Garden, Herb Festival Marketplace, the A-Z or Herbs information booth, and the SDBG Spring Plant Sale with a multitude of vendors.
Back by popular demand is Tomatomania® with lectures on culture and care and plenty of tomato seedlings.

NEW: Bromeliad Bonanza
Come and shop for a wide variety of bromeliads not available in nurseries. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and give advice on growing and caring for these sub-tropical plants that are both water wise and exotic, guaranteed to give any garden a luxuriant character.

NEW: Kidzone
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 3 pm
Petting Zoo (small extra charge applies)
Pony Rides (small extra charge applies)
Special Craft Activity Featuring the Herb of the Year – Artemisias

Learn about this marvelous plant and its uses. The aromatic leaves of some species are used for flavoring. Such as, A. dracunculus (tarragon) which is widely used as a culinary herb, particularly important in French cuisine. However, most species have an extremely bitter taste.

Tomatomania®
In the Eucalyptus Grove
You're never too young to start enjoying tomatoes!
The Tomatomania crew will
be ready to answer all your tomato-related questions! Speakers 2014 Saturday, March 15

Admission
Adults $14
Seniors (+60), students, active military $10
Children ages 3-12 $8
Members; children ages 2 & under FREE

10 am
Ecke Bldg. – Cindy Christ
Herb Garden – Peggy Bruce/Faith Meakin
11 am Ecke Bldg – Joanne Odenthal
Larabee – Chef Elizabeth
Noon
Ecke Dr. Goscienski
Native Plants/Native People – Dennis Sharmahd
1 pm
Ecke Bldg. – Sharon Lovejoy
3 pm
Ecke Bldg. – Tomatomania – Scott Daigre Sunday, March 16
11 am
Ecke Bldg. – Lisa Chaddock
Herb Garden – Anne Spindel
Noon
Ecke Bldg. Margaret Nee
Larabee – Mary Dralle
1 pm
Ecke Bldg. Sharon Lovejoy
2 pm
Native Plants/Native People – Mary Roper/Sharon Clay Rose
3 pm Ecke Bldg. – Tomatomania – Stephen Baldonado Music 2014 Hosted by Bob Ballentine. Bob has invited a group of professional guitarists who will share their folk-style acoustical talents.

Herbal Marketplace Vendors 2014 ABC Rags
Lavender Dream pillows

A-Z of Herbs - Judy Dunning

Aunt Be
Lotions, Creams, Botanicals

Coastal Sage Gardening - John Noble
Gardening classes, Botany for Kids, Garden Design, Landscaping

Following Seasons - Cindy Christ
Herbal apothecary, herbal soaps and essential oils

Cookin’ with Klibs – Mary Dralle
Cooking Classes

Elizabeth’s Kitchen
Aged vinegar, kitchen tools, books, cd’s and cookies

Diane’s Herbs
Herbs, veggies and flowers Lotion Lady – Kristen Prinzing
Natural Skin Care

The Art of the Dog – Margarat Nee
Dried Herbs

California Rare Fruit Growers - June Anderson

Vendor Marketplace

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  • Ann R.

    Amazing selection of plants it was so hard to choose.

    March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative and helpful...looking forward to meeting again.

    March 16, 2014

  • Alex K.

    OK, Here is the speaker lineup;

    Saturday
    10am Backyard Chickens
    11:30am Building a Keyhole Garden
    1pm Aquaponics A-Z
    2:30 Solar Cooking

    Sunday
    10am Rainwater Harvesting
    11:30 Aquaponics A-Z
    1pm Loose The Lawn
    2:30 Water Purification and Storage

    March 12, 2014

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