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August 30, 2015 (Rancho San Diego) – From tossing the turf to water-wise and fire-wise landscape designs, the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College in East County’s Rancho San Diego neighborhood has a wealth of classes.

After Tossing the Turf: Garden Design (with Drought Tips from Helix Water District)

Saturday, September 19th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

What's next after you toss the turf? Landscape designer and xeriscape expert, Jan Tubiolo, explains the phases of designing a water-saving garden including planning, irrigation, and plant selection. Plus, Helix Water District will offer helpful drought updates. 

Garden Members FREE; $10 Non-Members. 

Pre-registration required for all participants at www.thegarden.org or 619-660-0614 x10

Garden Native Symposium 

Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Saturday, September 19th, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join The Garden's own Director of Horticulture,

Clayton Tschudy, for the Garden Native Symposium. Organized by the California Native Plant Society, this Symposium will feature many great presentations on

native plants. 

Clayton's class will be: Pollinators, Pollution Prevention, and Erosion Control: Ecological Services of Native Gardens for the Homeowner, Orchardists, and Farmers.

Learn more at the

California Native Plant Society's Website

Water-wise Gardening 101 

Location: Monarch Arredon Contemporary Gallery

Wednesday, September 23rd, 1:00 pmIn partnership with the Monarch Arredon Contemporary Gallery, The Garden is pleased to offer Water-wise Gardening 101 with The Garden's Director of Horticulture, Clayton Tschudy.  Learn the basics of water-wise gardening, including how to incorporate drought-tolerant plants into your landscape. 


Pre-registration required for all participants. RSVP Here

Firescaping with Native Plants

Saturday, September 26th, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon 

Learn fire-wise landscaping essentials using native plants with landscape designer and gardening book author, Greg Rubin. This important presentation explores native plant choices, proper plant placement, and native plant care. 

Garden Members FREE; $10 Non-Members. 

Pre-registration required for all participants at www.thegarden.org or 619-660-0614 x10.

Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Show

Location: Monarch Arredon Contemporary Gallery

Saturday, September 26th, 11:00 am

Bring the kids for a Ms. Smarty-Plants™ presentation filled with her special mix of music, magic and fun. Learn how we can all be an Earth Hero! Presented in partnership with the Monarch Arredon Contemporary Gallery in La Jolla.


Pre-registration NOT required. Contact Diane Owens at diane@thegarden.org for more information.

Fall Docent Training Program

Two Sundays:

September 27th & October 11th, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Attend this two-part training program to learn how you can utilize your skills and talents to contribute to The Garden's success. The Garden offers many opportunities to get involved in the programs and services we offer and to meet people with similar interests. Garden membership required to participate. 

To register, please contact Pam Meisner, Education Director, at pam@thegarden.org or 619-660-0614 x13

Milkweed at The Garden

Attract Monarch butterflies to your garden with native and non-native milkweed. We have three varieties of

milkweed in the Gift Shop: two native and one non-native

to Southern California.

Pick up while supplies last!


  • Free Docent-Led Tours, Saturdays, 10:00 am.  Meet at The Garden's front gate. 
  • Professional Landscape Design Consultations. Call 619-660-0614 x10 for appointment availability, designer information and reservations.

Garden Membership has a multitude of benefits!  For information on becoming a member, click MEMBERSHIP

The Water Conservation Garden  

12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. W

El Cajon, CA 92019




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