You are welcome to attend our monthly General Meeting as a guest up to 2 times during the year. After 2 guest attendances, you will be encouraged to join the club. Come a little early to meet our members and socialize.
MiraCosta Horticulture Club Guest Speaker, 2017 - 2018
September 9, 2017 Workshop: Member, Salli Blakesley will lead a hands on discussion on our favorite tools and why they are. Program: Stephanie Shigematsu, Curator of Horticulture, San Diego Zoo, is a 35 year veteran of the horticulture profession, serving 18 years as a Director of Horticulture at Sea World before joining the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2012, moving to her current position in 2015. She is responsible for the zoo's prominent botanical collection of more than 700,000 plants spread throughout the 100 acre facility. Her presentation will focus on the plants being installed in the new $68 million, six venue "Africa Rocks", the latest and largest ever zoo project to be completed by the end of the year.
Starting Time: 12:30 Noon Workshop Starting Time: 1:15 p.m. Business Meeting and Program Location: MiraCosta College Student Union, Atzlan Rooms A & B (2nd floor)
October 7, 2017 Annual Food Drive: Our donations benefit the students at MiraCosta College. Workshop: Mia McCarvill of Cedros Gardens will lead a discussion on organic fertilizers, their uses, when and why. Program: Tony Gurnoe, Horticulture Manager, San Diego Botanic Garden "Native Plants of San Diego". Tony is a former student success of MiraCosta College Horticulture Dept.
November 4, 2017 Workshop: Carolyn Kinnon, instructor at MiraCosta College, will lead a discussion on plant anatomy. Program: Bob Holzinger, will talk about "Passiflora grown outdoors in Southern California". A member of the California Rare Fruit Growers since 1984 and a passionate grower and photographer of Passiflora, which he learned from Patrick Worley, a renowned grower and hybridizer of Passiflora. He recently attended an international conference in South America on Passiflora.
December 2, 2017 Holiday pot luck and Chinese raffle at noon.
January 13, 2018 Workshop: Member, Kim Cyr, will lead a workshop and demonstration on making fairy gardens. Program: Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids of Vista. Fred will present a PowerPoint presentation on orchids including lively and entertaining pictures in the making of "FredClarkeara After Dark" the blackest orchid every seen. February 3, 2018 Workshop: There will be a demonstration on how to turn ordinary birdhouses into shell works of art. Program: Mary Matava, President-Agronomist, Agri Service, the operator of the city of Oceanside's El Corazon compost facility which processes over 60,000 tons per year of yard trimmings, food discards and wood waste into high-quality compost and mulch. She developed and built facilities in Los Angeles and Riverside counties and recently opened a new facility in Otay Mesa. Her presentation will be "Improving San Diego Soil Fertility". March 3, 2018 Workshop: TBD Program: Eric Larson, Executive Director, San Diego County Farm Bureau has worked in the San Diego Agriculture industry since 1971, including two years as president of the San Diego County Flower and Plant Association. He serves as a Director of the SoCal water community and a member of the SoCal ag water team. He also served two terms as a member of the Carlsbad City Council and is past Director of the Carlsbad Municipal Water District, the SD County Water Authority and the Encina Waste Water Authority. His Presentation is "Water and Commercial Horticulture in San Diego County, how we got here and where we are going". He will also provide an update on cannabis as an ag product in SD county.
April 7, 2018 Workshop: Member, Tandy Pfost will lead a discussion on shade plants and combinations for our many micro climates. Program:Jaime Garza is an agriculture inspector for San Diego county. His presentation is "Beekeeping in San Diego County". He will briefly review state, county and city laws related to beekeeping. He will discuss beekeeping equipment to get started, best practices and how to inspect a hive safely. He will provide beekeeping educational material.
May 2018-There is no meeting in May. We will all be working at our annual Plant Sale to raise money for MiraCosta College student scholarships. Time and place to be determined.
June 2, 2018 Annual End of the Year Potluck at Noon-This is the day we get together and survey ourselves to make our dreams and wishes known for programs and workshops for our next year. We also honor the club member selected as Member of the Year and install a new Board. If possible we also like to have several of our scholarship winners with us to share their plans. Of course, we all eat the wonderful potluck dishes that members have brought.
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