Home Matters: Upcoming Events, Tours and Classes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some events are canceled or postponed. Please check before showing up.

September 24: Calling all kids interested in learning more about insects in the garden. Intended for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, the Olivewood for Garden Explorers: All About Bugs! allows children to learn about insects and plants through hands-on activities. Cost: $10 Resident of National City; $20 non-resident. When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Where: Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, 2525 N Ave., National City. Information: (619) 434-4281 or olivewoodgardens.org/events/garden-explorers-all-about-bugs/.

September 24: The Master Gardener Association of San Diego County Plant Sale will feature thousands of plants of hundreds of varieties and unique garden items, as well as exhibits and demonstrations such as how to compost and good/bad bugs. No cost. When: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Where: Casa del Prado and surrounding patios, Balboa Park. Information: (858) 822-7711 or mastergardenersd.org/plant-sale/.

September 26: Homeowners will learn how to better prepare for wildfires during a program offered by the Water Conservation Garden. Thomas Shoots, fire captain and public information officer for Cal Fire, will discuss the key elements of defensible space and how community members can help reduce the risk of fire. No cost. When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Where: The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive W., El Cajon. Information: (619) 660-0614, ext. 10, or thegarden.org/product/residential-fire-safety-2022/.

October 1st : October is the start of the “second season” of planting in California, and the Fall Veggie Gardening course offered by Armstrong Garden Centers will show participants how to grow lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, blueberries and more so in their gardens or in pots. No cost. When: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Where: Check with your local Armstrong Garden Center. Info: eventbrite.com/e/free-in-store-class-fall-veggie-gardening-tickets-401501510827.

October 7: The ins and outs of recycling will be the subject of a program presented by San Diego recycling expert Jennifer Ott-Rol. With a residential focus, “How to Recycle Properly in San Diego” will provide an overview of the city’s recycling programs and show attendees how to recycle properly. No cost. When: 10-11:30 a.m. Where: Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego. Information: (858) 538-8158 or sandiego.librarymarket.com/event/how-recycle-right-san-diego.

October 12: An award-winning succulent designer will present tips and other advice on designing a garden with succulents. Laura Eubanks, owner of landscape design company Design for Serenity and innovator of the “Succulent Tapestry,” will speak at the Point Loma Garden Club. No cost. When: 9:30 a.m. to noon. Where: Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal, San Diego. Information: plgc.org/event-4888095.

October 15: The Friends of San Diego Architecture lecture series has returned to in-person discussions after two years of virtual presentations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Architect/designer Drew Hubble’s topic will be a cross-border design review. Cost: students free; $5 donation otherwise. Where: NewSchool of Architecture and Design, 1249 F St., San Diego. Information: (619) 224-8584 or friendsofsdarch.com/.

October 15: Drought-tolerant plants will be the focus of the San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society’s annual fall plant sale. Over 150 species of native plants and over 100 species of native seeds and bulbs will be available for sale, including shade trees, aquatic shrubs, seasonal flowers, cacti and succulents, as well as bee-friendly ground cover. There will also be books to buy and gardening experts to answer questions. No cost. When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Courtyard of Casa del Prado, Balboa Park. Information: cnpssd.org/events/plantsale-feb-15-yzm3b.

October 16: Homeowners interested in bringing more green into their lives and residences can gather ideas during the San Diego Green Homes Tour, now called the Green Home Tour Series. The event will take a different approach this year with a smaller, in-depth tour of one to three green and innovative projects instead of self-guided tours of multiple homes. The 2022 theme for the first series is “Small Living”; the tentative plan calls for a 30-minute talk followed by a 10-15 minute property tour and a 10-15 minute “ask the pros” session. Cost: $10 (tentative at time of printing). When: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. with a new session on time. Where: A project is in Hillcrest and organizers are hoping to add another site. Information: sdgreenhomestour.org/.

October 22: Interested in a variety of flowers and plants? TheThe “Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees” event, presented by the San Diego Floral Association, is for you. Representatives and experts from various floral, ecological and horticultural organizations and societies will be available to answer questions about a specific plant or flower or about the groups themselves. No cost. When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Casa del Prado and El Prado, Balboa Park. Information: (619) 232-5762 or sdfloral.org/special-event.htm.

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