The first leg of my September trip to the Low Country was booked through Road Scholar (formerly Elder Hostel — I really love their new name). Road Scholar is a nonprofit tour company dedicated to “lifelong learning”. They have a mouthwatering array of trips in their catalog, many involving some type of volunteering. My Charleston leg was orchestrated by the College of Charleston, a very old (1770) and wonderful public liberal arts and sciences school. We stayed in a lovely hotel, the Francis Marion, and ate our meals in the student dining room. That was so much fun; carbo loading and enjoying the high energy of the students. In the morning we would hear talks given by experts on the history of the Civil War, Charleston, cooking, music and more; afternoons were devoted to sightseeing. Many of our group had enjoyed 6 or more trips with RS. I would have to give Road Scholar and College of Charleston an “A” for my experience!
On the web:
Australian Native Plant Nursery has a new shipment of books from…Australia! Click on their website to the right of this post.
Thursday, November 10: Huntington Gardens (huntington.org) Talk and sale on Native Trees for Native Gardens by Lili Singer
Saturday, November 12:
- Descanso Gardens (Descansogardens.org) La Canada: Flower Market Tour, Fruit tree pruning and Fall color walk
- San Diego Botanic Garden (sdbgarden.org) San Diego County: Bromeliad Bash
- Theodore Payne Native Plants and Flowers (theodorepayne.org) Sun valley: Irrigation 101 and Native Plant Horticulture
When I was a kid my perfect day was going horseback riding followed by a movie. As an adult things have changed considerably. For instance, there was an article in the Los Angeles Times recently about an exhibit at the Oceanside Museum of Art of the photographs of Imogen Cunningham. Entitled “Botanicals: The Photography of Imogen Cunningham”, it runs from January 8 — May 22. I started thinking about how much I would love to see it; that led to other thoughts, like nurseries I could visit near the museum, and of course good places for lunch and dinner!
The museum is south of Camp Pendleton; the nurseries in close proximity include:
- Anderson’s La Costa Nursery in Encinitas, a 50 year old family owned nursery specializing in drought tolerant plants.
- Barrels and Branches Nursery in Encinitas, owned by 2 young women, with unusual plants, pottery and gifts.
- Jungle Music in Encinitas, a palm collectors mecca.
- Weidners Gardens in Encinitas, owned by local gardening expert Evelyn Weidner and specializing in begonias and fuschias.
- Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, a stunning location in a vibrant commercial area.
- Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, devoted to succulents and cacti.
- Evergreen Nursery in Oceanside, a large operation.
- Bamboo Headquarters in Vista, specializing in bamboo and drought tolerant and unusual plants.
All these nurseries are listed alphabetically under the San Diego Nurseries section to the left on my website.
Now, for breakfast or lunch, there is a great little place in Del Mar with a quaint outdoor patio. The Stratford Court Café is located on a leafy side street; the patio dining there is very comfy. They have lots of great breakfast, sandwich and soup choices. For dinner, I would go to The Fish Market in Del Mar, a bustling rustic restaurant specializing in mequite grilled fresh fish. I have enjoyed eating at both.
Now, not that it can get any better, but if you time it right, you can attend a San Diego Horticultural Society meeting, held @ 6:30 pm on the second Monday of each month. They routinely draw crowds of 400 to 500 because of the great programs and speakers on tap.
- Stratford Court Café, 1307 Stratford Court, Del Mar, (858) 792‑7433
- The Fish Market, 640 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, (858) 755‑2277
- The Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside 92054, (760) 435‑3720 /www.oma-online.org/
- San Diego Horticultural Society, www.sdhortsoc.org/
- Imogen Cunningham article in the Los Angeles Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/12/imogen-cunningham-botanicals-at-oceanside-museum-of-art.html
On the Web:
Sheridan Gardens in Burbank is holding a free rose and fruit tree pruning class on Saturday January 15 hosted by Deborah Fox. Call (818) 841‑8845 for the time.
LA County Arboretum:
- 90 minute docent led walking tours on Wednesdays, 10:30 am — 11:30 am/free with admission
- Family bird walk: First Saturday of the month/10am/free with admission: Join Arcadia Naturalist/recreation leader Ray Jillson on a 2 hour walk through the Arboretum — children welcome.
- Saturday, Jan. 8: Wildlife Exploration /10am — noon /free with admission
- Saturday, Jan. 8: Rose Pruning /9am — 12 am/hands on workshop about pruning and care of roses/bring gloves and pruning shears. $28.00 non-members. 626−821−4623
- Thursday, Jan. 13: The Native Flower Garden with Susan Van Atta/9:30 am — noon/profiles colorful native plants based on Susan’s new book “The Southern California Native Flower garden”. $20.00 at door /626−821−4623