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Events, Classes and Docent Training at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Encinitas CA—  Events and Classes happening in January 2019 at the SD Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas.

Daily, NOW – early April 2019, 9 am – 5 pm. San Diego Botanic Garden. 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Free with paid admission or membership.

Sculpture in the Garden. This unique exhibition showcases 61 sculptures from more than 30 talented regional artists – including renowned local artist James Hubbell – set against the beautiful backdrop of the San Diego Botanic Garden. Take a self-guided tour with the Garden’s Sculpture Map available at our Welcome Center. These beautiful pieces of art are available for purchase to display in your own garden with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit SDB Garden. Info: http://www.sdbgarden.org/sculpture.htm

Saturday, January 19, 9 – 11 am for the annual meeting & 12 – 2 pm for the retirement party. San Diego Botanic Garden. 230 Quail Gardens Drive. SDBG members & general public are invited. Free. RSVP required for both events.

San Diego Botanic Garden Annual Meeting & President Emeritus Julian Duval’s Retirement Party. Come find out how your contributions to the Garden have helped us grow! Enjoy light refreshments and a special presentation by Bill McLaughlin, Curator of the U.S. Botanic Garden. McLaughlin will discuss his experience managing collections at one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. was established by the U.S. Congress in 1820. On the same day, President Emeritus Julian Duval will be honored for his 24 years of service to the San Diego Botanic Garden on the same day from 12 – 2 pm. The meeting and retirement party is free, but as space is limited, RSVP is required. Info: http://www.sdbgarden.org/announcements.htm.


 Saturday, January 5, 1 – 3:30 pm. San Diego Botanic Garden. 230 Quail Gardens Drive. SDBG members $40; non-members $48. Plus a $20 per student materials fee paid to instructor on day of class.

Koi Acrylic Painting for Beginners. Ever wondered how to capture a beautiful Koi Fish on canvas? If so, this class is for you! You’ll receive step-by-step instructions on how to complete a painting. No drawing skills required. Templates will be supplied. Register today! Info: http://www.sdbgarden.org/classes.htm

Sunday, January 13 through Sunday, February 17, 10 am – 1 pm. San Diego Botanic Garden. 230 Quail Gardens Drive. SDBG Members & Non-Members: $50. A five-week course presented by the Solana Center for Recycling.

Master Composter Course – 5 week class. Learn the art and science of composting in this 5 week course that includes lectures, demonstrations and a field trip. Find out how to reduce your carbon footprint by keeping food and yard waste out of landfills by turning into a nutrient-rich amendment for use in your garden. Info: http://www.solanacenter.org.

Saturday, January 26, 9 am – 12 pm. San Diego Botanic Garden. 230 Quail Gardens Drive. SDBG Members $30, non-members $36. Plus an $80 per student materials fee paid directly to instructor on day of class.

Living Wall/Vertical Garden. Learn the basics of planting a 10” x 20” vertical living wall made out of succulents. Living walls can be used exterior or interior with multitudes of colors, textures and sizes. Register TODAY! This class will SELL OUT. Info: http://www.sdbgarden.org/classes.htm

Sunday, January 20, 9 – 11 am. San Diego Botanic Garden. 230 Quail Gardens Drive. SDBG Members: $32, non-members $40.

Forest/Nature Bathing. Shinrin-yoku – or Forest Bathing – is a way of connecting people with nature. The positive health effects of simply being in and walking around in a state of relaxation in nature has undergone significant scientific testing and validation in Japan and Korea. Come experience for yourself this innovative programming that is trending in gardens and nature reserves around the country. Info: http://www.sdbgarden.org/classes.htm

Docent Training:

 Thursday, January 10 – Thursday, May 2, 9:30 am – 1 pm. San Diego Botanic Garden. 230 Quail Gardens Drive. $60 fee for 9 classes. Pre-requisites required. Check our website or contact Jill Gardner at jgardner@sdbgarden.org for more information.

Docent Training. Want to meet new great new friends who share your love of gardening and learn more about San Diego Botanic Garden’s 5,000 unique plant collection? Then you’ll want to take our Docent Training classes that begin on Thursday, January 10. Pre-requisites are required as well as a small fee to cover the costs of the class. Registration required! No walk-ins. Info: http://www.sdbgarden.org/docent.htm.

About San Diego Botanic Garden

Named as one of the “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For” by the American Gardens Association, San Diego Botanic Garden is a beautiful urban retreat nestled on 37-acres in the midst of Encinitas. Visitors enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild Southern California climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a wide variety of microclimates giving visitors the sensation of strolling through a tropical rainforest to hiking in the desert. Four miles of trails wind through 29 uniquely themed gardens including the acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden.

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