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San Diego Botanic Garden
has a rich heritage of garden art,
both natural and man-made.
Our 37-acre urban oasis provides
the beautiful natural setting for this
year’s Sculpture in the Garden -
a collection of 42 works
supplied by 27 artists.

Free with paid admission
or membership.

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Dear San Diego Botanic Garden Guests,

We are pleased to announce SDBG will be using ActiveNet for class scheduling and payment processing.


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SDBG Class  

Build Your Own Hydroponic
Spring Garden

Saturday, February 20, 9 am – 1pm

Learn the principles of the hydroponic wick method by building your own sustainable garden to take home. Fee includes materials. Instructor: Alex Kallas of AgPALS.

Cost: Members $80, Non-Members $96.
Register by February 12.

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SDBG Class  

Watercolor Flora Fusion – all levels
Sunday, February 21, 9:30am – 4 pm

Imagine and paint with watercolors in a very forgiving way. This process will allow you to discover ways to define the space around growing things with contrast and yummy colors. Part of the beauty of this technique is revealing some of the underlining abstracted imagery of leaves, pods, and other assorted botanical shapes in selected spots. Metaphors and messages can play a whimsical or thoughtful role in your finished piece with added bits of collage and text. Work with some very contemporary, good vibe watercolor techniques that won’t complicate and stress you out! Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia.

Cost: Members $70, Non-Members $84. Student supplied materials list available upon request.
Register by February 12.

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SDBG Class  

Mosaic Garden Jewels
Wednesday, March 3, 12:30 – 3:30 pm &
Wednesday, March 9, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Create a beautiful mosaic using ocean rocks and glass beads. Students will learn how to glue and grout colorful beads to create flowers, plants, or other shapes resulting in attractive garden art.
Instructor: Candy Sharda.

Cost: Members $30, Non-Members $36. A $20 materials fees is also paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class.
Register by February 26.

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SDBG Class   New Class!
HDR Photography Effects – Bob Bretell
Saturday, March 5, 9 am – 1 pm

Learn how to shoot HDR from photo-tipster Bob Bretell. HDR (high dynamic range) is an amazing photography technique that is ideal for any subject matter including flowers, portraits, architecture and still life. The process is easy to learn - all you need is a camera capable of manually adjusting exposure, a computer and an HDR processing program (free download to try). Students will practice the fundamentals of HDR and a photo critique will be provided at the end of class. For some examples of HDR visit:   

Cost:  Members $62, Non-Members $75.
Register by February 26.

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SDBG Class  

Succulent Wreath Class
Saturday, March 5, 9 am – 2 pm
Tuesday, April 19, 9 am – 2 pm

Take home a beautiful succulent wreath that you make yourself. Taught by the SDBG Succulent Wreath Team. Fee includes materials. Students should bring small clippers or scissors to class
Cost: Members $65, Non-Members $78.
Register by February 26 for the March 5 class and by April 15 for the April 19 class.

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SDBG Class  

Living Wall / Vertical Garden 
Saturday, March 12, 9 am – 12 pm

Learn the basics of planting a living wall.  We will be planting a 10”x20” wall of succulent varieties. Living walls can be used exterior or interior with multitudes of colors, textures and sizes.  The possibilities of striking patterns and unique designs are endless. Instructor: Mary Lou Morgan.

Cost: Members $30, non-members $36. A $70 materials fee per student is also paid directly to the instructor at the class.
Register by January 8.

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SDBG Class  

Free Compost Workshops 
Saturday, April 2, 10 am - 12 pm

In our 2-hour presentation you will learn the basics of backyard composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms). Using trial-tested advice and interactive demonstrations, our expert educators will teach you all you need to know to get started with a bin that fits your needs and lifestyle. We invite you to join us to learn more about composting and how it can benefit your garden, home, and community. To register, visit

Cost: Free with paid admission or membership.

SDBG Class  

Ongoing Youth & Adult Programs

Docent-led Guided Tours Every Saturday, 10:30 am
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Botanical Printers 1st Sunday of each month, 9:30 am

Bird Watching 1st Monday of each month, 8 am
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